Nigeria with hope, problems and solution-Adedeji Doherty

Nigeria marked its 58th independence anniversary today October 1,
2018. A casual glance at the nation’s 58 years journey shows both
betrayal of expectations of greatness and the irony of the nation.
Despite the abundance of human and material resources, Nigeria
remains an undeveloped country with clearly more than half of its
population living below poverty line. It is also plagued by myriads
of problems which continue to undermine its potentials.
Against this background, I present this essay examines the major
problems embattling the nation at 58 whilst proffering lasting and
workable solutions to those problems. This paper posits that the
problems of the nation are multifaceted and any solution must be
holistic and durable for it to yield maximum benefit. It is argued
that hopes of development and greatness are not lost provided the
nation steers its ship back on the right track. Highlight below is the
problems and solution to move the country forward to a greater
level.
PROBLEMS
Engr Adedeji Doherty said, ‘it is only the full understanding of the
root causes of the problem we face today as a nation that will
afford us the chances of discerning what solutions are possible,
which can work and which cannot’. The problems besetting Nigeria
today are many but the most critical ones are highlighted below.
The basic problem crippling the progress of the nation is failure of
leadership (Achebe: 1984) Related to this is the problem of bad
followership. Another core problem facing the nation is insecurity
– insecurity of lives and property. Disunity also hinders Nigeria’s
progress. There is also no doubt whatsoever that corruption is a
major impediment to the nation’s success.
Other problems include poverty, unemployment, criminality, ethnic
distrust, politicised judiciary, electoral fraud, religious tension, lack
of basic amenities of life, epileptic power supply, poor
infrastructure, pathetic education system, political crisis,
commercialisation of public or government office, resource
allocation, failed institutions (political, educational, economic etc),
environmental degradation, spread of drastic disease, chronic
frustration of citizens, collapse of national ideals and social values,
a culture of impunity, widespread celebration of mediocrity,
indiscipline and irresponsibility.
SOLUTIONS
The first solution is social transformation and value reorientation.
We must work towards establishing a society where people are
judged not by their family background, ethnic or religious
affiliation, but by merit and character and a society where people
imbibe ideals of fairness, justice and honesty.
Secondly, we must ensure enthronement of Good leadership.
According to Engr Adedeji Doherty “There is urgent need for a new
generation of leaders that would clear the cobwebs of decadence
and political scavengers. This new generation of leaders must take
our dear country to its manifest destiny”.
Also, government must ensure provision of basic amenities of life
such as food, clothing, water, road, power, education and
employment. It must also ensure improvement in the standard of
living.
Other recommendations include an independent and honest press,
independent judiciary, strict enforcement of laws, accountability in
public office, and policies implementation. Finally, we must uproot
the tree of disunity and sow the seeds of unity.
CONCLUSION
At 58th Nigeria is far from its destiny so also is Lagos State,
Lagos is lacking behind with the huge internal revenue of the state
on monthly basis, the people controlling the state since 1999 till
date are only there to syphon the revenue of the state as
Lagosians are suffering in the hands of dealers. There is an
overwhelming disparity between expectation and reality. Rectifying
the anomalies is a joint task incumbent on all stakeholders not just
the government. Therefore, all hands must be on deck!
As a governorship aspirant I have made it a deal to take my people
out of the current suffering if am given the opportunity to serve
because I believe governance is all about service to the people.
Long life the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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  1. Good update

  2. Ok nice

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