Prosperity in Nigeria!
Nigeria - the largest economy in Africa - has an unbeatable and “enviable” record of having the highest number of out-of-school children. It defies my comprehension how the largest economy in Africa cannot provide these children with basic education.
In a documentary I watched, the Minister of Agriculture Mr Akinwunmi Adesina quipped that Nigeria would import air if there was a way it could be packaged! Nigeria (permit me to say again: Africa’s largest economy) imports just about anything you can think of. It is the world’s number one importer of tomato paste and arguably, rice.
Its government-owned enterprises are ever fraught with administrative problems. None of them seems to be functional and efficient.
We were told recently that the government has plans to privatise our comatose refineries. Really, is it that the government can’t spruce up and manage these refineries? The same thing replicates in the power sector.
It is glaring then that the same confusion that prevails in Oceania in George Orwell’s 1984 is what obtains in Nigeria today. Though we haven’t used any contradictory slogan as they do in Oceania, it is safe to say then that in 2014 this mantra quite suites us: POVERTY IS PROSPERITY.
Olaniyi Olayemi, Osogbo<olayemz@ yahoo.com>