Episode 15: Moving Nigerians from necessary liabilities to productive assets

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Water is one of the most mysterious but powerful and useful elements in nature and human life. When it is not properly directed, water flows destructively as flood, flushing away objects, humans and structures on its path. Instead of trying to stop the flow, intelligent people create paths to redirect water-flow to farmlands, dams and other useful purposes. Like flowing water, human beings are bundles of different rushing energies for the society and universe. Yet, without directing human energy for harmonious productivity, it becomes a force for destruction.

 

Welcome to the 15th episode of Restartnaija

 

In the last episode we discussed the role of religion and humanities in the society. We noted that religion directs humans to discover and pursue their purpose with a supernatural conviction and inspiration towards using natural resources for common good.

 

In this episode, we shall discuss the effects of beliefs about managing human resources in Nigeria.

 


Individuals choose various locations for living, celebrating or working depending on the type of people managing and living in those locations. While some locations contain collaborative and productive people, other locations contain destructive and unproductive people. People who are transformed for collaborative productivity create skyscrapers, beautiful cars, cities, airplanes, gadgets, infrastructure, cordial relationships and healthy society. People who are not transformed for collaborative productivity bring violence, terrorism, injustice, social disorder and destruction. Spreading transformation in a society through education depends on the people’s beliefs about human beings, either as assets or liabilities.

 

Seeing humans as assets for development, most developed countries uphold education as part of their citizens’ basic human rights. Societies like USA, Germany, Canada, Japan and Australia invest heavily on education and research to develop their citizen’s productivity and collaboration. This huge investment in education steadily yield multiple fruits in social and scientific advances for improving human life. Presently, citizens of these societies continue creating miraculous wonders in healthcare, automobile, robotics, computing, communication, aviation, construction, defence and others. These inventions from which those governments get huge taxes wouldn’t have been possible without education and access to resources for research and production.

 

Unfortunately, humans are now seen as necessary liabilities for getting votes in Nigeria. They become important six months to election and useless for the next three and half years. The consistence of this situation requires tracing the cause.

 

Colonialists created Nigeria by violently binding unconsented kingdoms and communities[1][2] under a militarized government for collecting mineral resources.[3][4] They killed those who opposed their invasion and trained the loyal ones to assist them in enforcing the colonial rule. Before leaving at independence, colonialists fixed a constitution to guide their indigenous replacements[5] in seizing and exporting people’s resources only to import consumer products from Europe.[6] To appear democratic, Nigeria’s colonially-imposed government created states, local governments and ministries to share few foreign products as infrastructure, salaries and charity handouts. Since then different Nigerians struggle to occupy the colonially-made offices to enjoy foreign money from seized mineral resources.

 

Since mineral resources for industrial production has been seized for export, politics became the most viable industry in Nigeria. Hence, politicians who assist in impoverishing the people by seizing and selling their mineral resources share foodstuffs and few naira as grass-root-politics. During election, the politicians provide guns and few naira to unemployed and frustrated youths as political thugs; and after election these thugs use the guns for criminal activities. Today, politicians don’t see any industrial need to provide education since they profit more from exporting people’s resources. Hence, Nigeria’s imposed constitution downplays education by stating that “government shall… provide free primary, university education and free adult literacy program… when practicable…[7]

 


The important question becomes, when will the provision for education be practicable? Is it when the politicians finish sending their own children to study abroad or when they finish buying private jets and foreign estates? Instead of providing adequate education for social collaboration and productivity, many politicians encourage people to pray, hate and blame other people for their misfortune. Later, the same politicians create security agencies (SARS) to suppress the frustrated and desperate people who could have been educated for productivity. There may never be productivity and progress in a society without cordial collaboration between its inhabitants, and there may not be cordial collaboration without social education for respecting other people.

 

  • Despite all these irregularities, a sincere government will arise to conduct a social research[8] to clarify the different kingdoms and communities violently bound inside Nigeria, along with their respective lands and onshore resources. This research will lead to intercommunal conferences among local governments, states and regions, leading to a national conference for the different peoples to agree on their mode of partnership.
  • After discussions and registration of the people’s lands and onshore resources, the different communities and kingdoms will retrieve ownership to manage their lands and resources for industrial productivity and tax-payment to the central government. This will encourage the government to protect the people’s productivity for better tax-returns, and encourage citizens to become industrious.
  • After obtaining ownership and management of their resources, the different people will take over the primary responsibility of educating their people to utilize their natural resources for industrial productivity.

 


When Nigerians begin to use their resources for industrial productivity, they become productive assets, instead of necessary liabilities waiting and begging government and foreigners for charity.

 

Thank you for watching this episode of Restartnaija. Please like and share, so that more Nigerians will understand the value of humans in the attainment of a new Nigeria. God bless you and God bless the federal republic of Nigeria.

 

Outro notes…

“To have true freedom, one must have what is required for the satisfaction of worthwhile wants, and that will usually include at least minimal wealth, physical health, talent and knowledge, including the sort of knowledge normally imparted by formal education. The more we are able to do things worth doing, the freer we are.”[9]

[1] S. O. Oyedele, “Federalism in Nigeria” in Issues contemporary political economy of Nigeria (edited) Hassan A. Saliu, op.cit, p.57

[2] cf. Richard Dowden, Africa altered states, ordinary miracles. (New York: Public Affairs, 2010). p.3-4

[3] Walter Rodney, How Europe underdeveloped Africa, 2009 edition (Abuja: Panaf publishing Inc. 2009), p.273

[4] C. C. Dibie, Essential Government (Lagos: Tonad Publishers, 2012), p.137

[5] Cf. Walter Rodney, op. cit. 319.

[6] Walter Rodney, op. cit. p.319.

[7] Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 2011 as amended, Section 18, subsection 3, paragraphs i, ii, iii

[8] Chukwunwike Enekwechi, “The social research for a new Nigeria” in Restartnaija June 5, 2018. https://restartnaija.com/2018/06/05/social-research-new-consented-nigeria/ retrieved

[9] Joel Feinberg