Monday, August 4, 2014
The very fact that these insurgent is perpetrated by Africans themselves raises queries that bugs the mind. Why should it be Africans rising against her very citizens? What political interest would push people to consider insurgency as an alternative to topple powers?
Monday, June 30, 2014
It is pertinent to note that the place of energy in the global system cannot be over-emphasized. Presently, the source of globally energy dependence has contributed massive to environmental degradation and other negative effects including climate change, depletion of ozone layer, oil spillage, and acid rain.
We cannot however continue to depend fully on energy sources that do not support the ecosystem. Therefore, the need to develop alternative energy sources which supports the environment with sustainable options. Already we have sources like solar and wind-mill which if utilized would significantly reduce the level of environmental impact we currently face.
Currently, one major challenge with renewable energy is building its supply capacity to support heavy industrial and manufacturing sectors; that is for developed countries. Developing countries still has a very farther miles to trek.
Monday, June 3, 2013
On Children and sustainable development, I just want to be specific about some challenges surrounding this issue in Nigeria. This is important because Nigeria happens to be a member state to the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Currently, Nigeria's demography is bent on its youthful generation, which amounts up to 80 percent of the over 160 million people in the country.
Children specifically are facing a lot challenges ranging from orphanage, violation and deprivation of their rights to parental care/support, education, enabling environment for growth etc. Various insurgences in both Southern and Northern Nigeria has squarely affected the well-being of children. In the whole, this is proven when you drive along the roads of major cities and towns in Nigeria. What you see are children begging road users for help -whether financially or otherwise, to assist them survive. This to me, raises so many questions unanswered questions.
Government with the support of individuals, corporate organization and NGOs have to urgently work out sustainable modalities and strategies to take children off the street, by directly taking charge of those street kids and also going further to inquire about situations that led to their becoming beggars.
Paying deaf ears to these issues would continuously create chaos and instability in the society. These children are growing and becoming more vulnerable to drug use and abuse, child pregnancy, unsafe abortion, rape, thuggery, armed robbery and all forms of societal violation and illegalities. What future do we expect if these gaps keep widening?
"Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear." -Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa
"Children are our most valuable resource." -Herbert Hoover, 31st U.S. president
"I continue to believe that if children are given the necessary tools to succeed, they will succeed beyond their wildest dreams!" -David Vitter, U.S. senator
"It's the greatest poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish." -Mother Teresa, Roman Catholic nun
Thursday, January 24, 2013
The hoods have their different lessons to learn from–childhood, teenage, puberty, maturity and adulthood. I 've had it all –the goodest, baddest, and the ugliest but yet to get the best. At a particular stage, I used to read books, view movies and listen to stories maybe to just grab it; but now I found out that the whole ideology, concept and perspective towards all that has completely changed. Whether it’s a book, movie or story (gist); I would try as much as possible to learn one thing at least from it.
Someone who averagely knows me would accept the fact that I do argue whenever the need arises. Mom would say “I knew that you will argue”. For me, that is just a clear sign of mind-maturity. As a teenager, one has to only accept everything; go on with every quotable quotes. It is different now. I would not accept all quotes and I would just not go with your opinion. This is because I believe that in every issue bothering on whether the society, groups or an individual, people should have their personal opinion about it. Sincerely I would come into your discussion if and only if I have an idea about such issue. But it’s hard in a society where people wants theirs and only theirs opinion to be final. They do not subscribe to others who may express a bit of discomfort. Are we not democratic? Look! I’m not one of those guys whom you can just bring up a cooked methodology to the table and think I’d just give a clap to it. For Heaven sake, time and situation changes; so does people and philosophy. Though I’m very optimistic; I do not rule out the possibility of risk. People do say “opportunity comes but once” but me I say “no”. Opportunity come ample times but disguised.
What about hope? Don’t confuse me about it. Hope is just as faith. Just as “faith without work is dead”, hope without plan is unrealistic. You can spend days, weeks, months and years to think (“hope”); script it above your bed to see your vision every morning as you awake. If there’s no practical step aiming at it; sorry its just but a mirage. I never said it is wrong to be hopeful, all I’m saying is “don’t let the “hope” thing get you lazy and you just believe that manna would just fall from above. Hope requires a pragmatic plan of action.
Believe me I now realize why I loved Obama’s campaign unconsciously against all odds. Hey, I have read “The Audacity of Hope” and another of his work. They are both inspiring but that isn’t it. After all, there are many other good authors. Only that the theme of his campaign wasn’t something like “We Hope we can” or “There’s hope for America”. “Yes! We can” is practical. Every individual could also say “Yes! I can”. It is such a push that moves the inner-man.
What a sentimental society filled with eye-services? Workplace, religious groups, families, politics even among buddies and so on; everyone is just acting on sentiments. Please, I and others like me are not just comfortable.
Hope I did not terrorize your mind. If I did, make your view public too.
Nigeria has in recent time experienced series of development, but despite these and numerous youth programmes, many youths still suffer significant disadvantages. Estimates shows that in Africa, about 130 million youths are illiterates; youth unemployment is three times higher than that among adults; 102 million youths in Sub-Saharan Africa lives on $1 a day; millions of youths find themselves without education and training, and are easily drawn into conflict and violence.
Globalization is significantly impacting the way development investments are made; and now allow countries to focus on what works based on experience so as to enable appropriate diversification and utilization of resources for sustainable development.
To create a prosperous, balanced and sustainable economy in Nigeria is dependent on good leadership and governance structures. A credible government that understands the society’s needs –security, social services, employment creation, accountability and ensuring right-based society.
Nigeria and the African continent needs a turning point. A growth enabler for her economy, leadership and political life, to meet up enormous challenges and targeted goals before us –the MDGs by 2015, vision 202020.
It is now pertinent that Nigeria’s development will greatly depend on her ability to mobilize the creativity, vision and unique perspectives of youths for the present and future development of the nation. This will be achievable through coordinated and progressive series of activities that helps them become socially, morally and cognitively competent as leaders.
It has to be now or never!
Monday, October 10, 2011
In developing regions, there is currently a contention between switching to match up with modernization. As a way of creating development, government takes over massive hectares of land for housing or other projects but at the detriment of farmland and biodiversity reserves.
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) provides a long-term and sustainable measure to curbing incessant food scarcity across the globe.
Goal 1 (Eradication of Extreme poverty) focuses on two things: whether people have enough money to meet their basic needs, and whether they have enough food to meet their daily energy requirements. It aims to lift people out of poverty by providing them with the basic things they need to live a decent life: nutritious food to keep them healthy, clothes, clean water, a home, health care, and affordable schooling.
We can help reach this goal by: promoting human rights, increasing the agricultural productivity of small farmers, reforming land rights so that people own their own land, diversifying the economy, encouraging more small and medium size businesses, and increasing construction of roads, ports, power grids and communications to reduce the cost of doing business.
Besides, goal one, working to achieve other goals of the MDGs is pertinent as they are inter-linked. That is, in order to achieve one goal, another has to also be achieved. Therefore, there is urgent need for political will to be able to achieve this feat.
The question is: ‘what if farmlands are gone and preserves finishes, will anyone be saved?’
Monday, July 11, 2011
Nigeria Ministerial Nominee: Excerpts from Ngozi Okonjo Iweala’s Screening at Nigeria’s Floor of the Senate
Wednesday, 06 July, 2011
Nigeria is critical towards tackling challenges of building a sustainable economy especially achieving the VISION 202020. While Nigerians have been very strong in their views about the selection of the Ministers by President Goodluck Jonathan, it is therefore, expected that experience and expertise should take prominence over political interest.
Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, who was a Finance Minister in Obasanjo’s regime, was praised for fighting corruption and negotiating the cancellation of nearly two-thirds of Nigeria’s $30 billion Paris Club debt.
The World Bank Managing Director laid out her vision pledging she would help create jobs and ensure the country lives within its means if approved as cabinet minister in the current President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
- I am really worried about the issue of making sure our budget is not eaten up by recurrent expenditure. The budget recurrent is now 74 percent and not much is left for capital expenditure. How we invest in capital if we’re spending all our money on recurrent expenditure?
- ‘Can we run a budget that is not negative? Absolutely. We can do it. We have been able to do in the past’ she explained that in the previous administration she served, the goal was to put in place a sensible fiscal policy that would enable us have a reasonable fiscal deficit’.
- For Nigeria to get over her economic challenges certain issues must be addressed and these, according to her, are: creation of job for the teeming unemployed youths; improvement of decayed infrastructure; disciplined financial controls, and support for key areas of the economy including agriculture, construction and real estate.
- Another concern was that Africa’s biggest oil and gas producer was seeing its foreign reserves fall despite high oil prices, although she said that was partly due to a policy of supporting the naira (the country’s currency); a stance she would not seek to reverse in the immediate term. ‘If we want to re-value the Naira, this may not be the time to think about it, I think we should wait until things are more stable’. She added.
- On Islamic Banking- ‘we need to look at non-interest banking without emotions. It is another form of banking. We just need to unpack the elements of this system of banking in order to understand it’.
- On viability of non-interest banking model in Nigeria –‘from evidence, it seems to be functioning relatively well in various parts of the world, and with proper implementation, it should also work in Nigeria’.