Author: Ejike Ememe
Posted to the web: 12/19/2005 3:23:01 PM
I am writing this Article in response to Bolaji Adebiyi, Tunde Rahman and Ike Abonyi in Abuja’s Article about President Obasanjo’s
Interpretation of power shift in 2007. from Nigeriaworld.com link
(This Day Newspaper.com)
The article suggests that there is trouble ahead because we are being eluded from the truth.
Nigeria seems to have no sense of direction or is ignorant of its responsibilities.
I remember the conversation I heard with an adviser of a telephone company last week December 3 2005 about my telephone bill.
I had evidence before me about discrepancies regarding charges for services which I did not subscribe to.
The adviser simply said “let me interpret your bill”.
The matter is now before their investigation team and the telephone services ombudsman.
Obasanjo did not comment on the history of Nigeria’s Presidency which should be a reflection of its ethnic groups; Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo respectively.
A fair representation is a symbol of fairness and peace.
Nigeria will have to become a major player in Africa before building the foundation for a world wide market economic.
Oil is a blessing from our ancestors and not a true reflection of economic buoyancy.
Nigeria being the world largest producer of cassava this year does not really mean much when Malawi and Zimbabwe are in short supply of their stable food maze which is used like cassava.
Southern Nigeria got used to corn meal when cassava was in short supply.
Africa needs to learn from each other in order to develop trade and unity.
Our diplomats seem to be failing when in 2005 we are still ignorant of each others needs.
Nigeria would and still can have a better international stance on trade if she had loaned excess stock of cassava to Malawi or Zimbabwe in return for diamonds, copper or money at a later date.
Nigeria seems to boost coal as one of its mineral resources however it is difficult to believe when Nigeria in 2005 still experiences power cut due to insufficient supply.
Telecommunications is not the right direction for Nigeria at present.
Telecommunication is a luxury enjoyed by the European societies. Nigeria cannot attract the right manufacturing industries with inadequate power supply.
I for instance was deterred from manufacturing in Nigeria because of incurring high cost of production.
Basic economics suggests that they more we produce the less our fixed cost.
Providing my own private power supply is an extra cost and limited production due to inadequate power supply is also an extra cost.
Nigeria will have to install at list four reasonable power grids; two in the north one in the south and east in order to meet today’s needs.
Nigeria’s ideology is very selfish (i.e. every person for him or her self) and it shows in our basic structure.
The very fundamentals of our structure i.e. power supply, water supply, communication, transports belongs to the masses.
It is when these structures fail that we know there is no unity.
There is no unity because of unequal distribution of power and wealth.
There is no future for Nigeria unless it has an equal representation of power.
For example the senate should comprise of 3Hausa, 3Yoruba, 3 Igbo etc.
The presidency should also reflect the different ethnic groups.
It is only when we achieve real balance that Nigeria will grow.
Today Nigeria can only tell tales of selfishness i.e. looting of government funds.
I read a recent article on Nigeria World.com “about erratic power supply”.
Privately owned generators have now gained an economic status by providing many with a source of income.
Lack of unity in Nigeria has failed to develop standardisation.
Standardisation in terms of one Nigeria and one structure.
A uniformed structure for schools, Hospitals, sewage system etc.
An article by Toye Olori, Lagos
(Challenges 2005 – 2006: An Assured Power Supply a Distant Dream for Nigeria ) published by inter press services December 2005-12-19
All Africa.com (Nigeria.com link)
Indicated that some states have already taken the initiative to install gas and oil power plants.
These efforts should be applauded as a matter of necessity however it should be a national project.
These mini projects will only amount to a half hazard structure in total.
The government should set an example and not expect the private sector to build Nigeria’s infrastructure.
National structures are sold to the private sector at a later date.
I will expect the next political party to govern Nigeria to be more factual than political because they will be scrutinized.
Nigeria’s condition is critical by my standards and politics is a luxury that we cannot afford.
The next presidential government will have a list of names of foreign power grid contractors to start Nigeria’s development for a 24hrs, 7 day a weeks power supply and proposals for standardisation.
The masses should ignore old political rhetoric’s of blind promises such as
“I will build roads and schools”.
Political substance will have factual details such as X Company have quoted (B) amount of money for (A) development and we have budgeted or will raise the amount required from export or taxation.
Theory and practice go hand in hand.
“United we stand divided we fall”
Thank you for reading nothing.