Have you ever wondered how Nigeria can be developed ? Do you know that this is one of the topic we should also think about on our mind? Yes, the fact that Nigeria is a great nation capable of great things is very much indisputable. Given the rate and spread of corruption in the country from the smallest to the greatest, one may be tempted to believe that we will never move from where we are to a better position and state.
Every great country in the world today started from somewhere. The saying that Rome was not built in a day becomes very much more apt here.
Given the wonderful things of nature that God has bountifully endowed Nigeria with, there is no doubt that Nigeria has great potential for growth and development.
We must first of all appreciate who we are, where we come from and where we are going and make efforts to align with those things that will help us reach our goal.
Nigeria is endowed with a huge amount of natural resources which need to be developed and tapped into.
If the resources God has given to us is properly harnessed and managed cautiously we all in the country will have much more than enough. We will soon drive poverty away from the land.
The major thing that must be done in my own opinion is in the management of human resources re-directing and re-orientating our minds from the smallest to the biggest to start to act and think in the right direction.
The spirit of true patriotism and sincere fear of God must be instilled in each and every Nigeria for things to begin to move forward.
If this is not primarily done, every other thing no matter how great it is will definitely fail. If we take for example the petroleum recourses in the country; it is well enormous to cater for the need of Nigerians but unfortunately today, many unpatriotic Nigerians are obstacle to this. Rather than allowing this God-given wealth to reach each and every one in the land, a few has confiscated the country’s wealth as their own personal property.
In view of this, massive and aggressive awareness campaign must be carried out in all level and sincere efforts made to implement strategies that will ensure that these are implemented to the later.
Children must be taught from their tender years what it means to be honest and patriotic. We adults must endeavor to live by example.
Many great nations and peoples round the world are of opinion that Nigeria has a very good potential for development in the near future.
Personally, I believe that Nigeria will in reality be the true giant of Africa in the nearest future. All hands must be on deck to achieve this however.
The Former President of Mexico, Vicente Fox, for example, in Abeokuta, the Ogun State Capital, mentioned during the 2014 state investors forum that there is no doubt that Nigeria would be one of the powerful engines to drive the world economy in the nearest future.
He nevertheless urged Nigeria to partner with powerful countries of the world to hasten her pace of development.
Fox, who was a major Speaker at Ogun State investors’ forum 2014, mentioned that agriculture and Urban Development are very good medium for growth and suggested that Nigeria could not achieve that in isolation.
The former Mexico President stated that Mexico’s relationship with North America yielded Mexico $1 trillion while their relationship with United States of America yielded about $1 trillion and further mentioned that Nigeria which is the unity of all Africa have the potentials to be a developed nation but they must learn from wise men and success stories of other nations who were once where we are now.
When the basics we have mentioned above have been taken care of, the next step will be to move from the level of Agricultural and crude oil dependent economy to the manufacturing economy.
Abeokuta steel rolling mill for example which would have been a source of huge income to Nigeria and employed thousands of Nigerians couldn’t make it because of influence of unpatriotic Nigerians who are only concerned about their personal gain.
We are living in a science and technological era. Nigeria can be powerful and developed, only when it become scientifically advanced and technologically well-developed.
America the richest country of the world is able to rule the world because it has enormous advancement in science.
The extent of industrialization and development in America, UK, Japan, France and the rest of them is due to their scientific and mechanical advancements.
For Nigeria to become developed, industrialization and scientific advancement are imperative.It would not only increase the country’s revenues but improve the standard and well being of its citizens.
The government must implement strategies that will attract investors who would engage in the production of different products and machines.
We must move from being importers of foods products and machineries to manufacturers and exporters of manufactured goods and machines to different parts of the world.
We must move from the agricultural stage and make rapid economic progress. The extremely low standard of living within the country must be raised and the massive gap between the poor and the rich in the country be breached at least to an extent if we are going to make any headway.
Adequate training must be provided to the populace on the hazard of industrialization and measures to put this in check must be cautiously taken.
Safety regulations must be rigorously enforced, and adequate compensation must be offered to any group that happens to fall victim to some sort of industrial tragedy.
The educational system must as well be adjusted and stepped up to compete favorably with the rest of the world.
The work force must be trained to move pace to pace with what is going on in the rest of the world. We cannot get there if we have depended on the expertise of foreigners in different sectors of the economy.
The university curriculum must be structured in such a way that will yield industry ready graduates.
Nigeria needs to move beyond being a mere supplier of raw materials to the developed world if it is to improve living standards across the continent.
To stop the succession of poverty that has beleaguered the continent, Nigeria need to get underway a sustained industrialization drive.
To succeed, an industrial mind-set would have to be established in Nigeria, a process that will require classy marketing and distribution strategies along with large amounts of capital.
It would also necessitate stable markets and a reasonable degree of transparency from the government.
There is no doubt that power is very essential in a nation’s economy. If we must move from agriculturally dependent economy to a mechanized economy, the government must aggressively work to get rid of the nation those who are sabotaging the effort of the government to see that the country has adequate and 24 hours power supply.
Vandalism of the nation’s resources must be curbed at all level. This boils down to what we mentioned earlier as change of attitude and patriotism which to me is the first step to get us out of where we are.
We will never move beyond this stage if citizens are working hard to foil the effort of the government to provide basic amenities like power, pipe born water etc to its citizens. Our refineries are not working today for the same reason.
Therefore, as a conclusion, Nigeria will get developed if all those unpatriotic citizens who are determined to make sure that we remain where we are year in, year out are properly and cautiously handled.
It is only then that any technology we put in place will make a meaning like what we see in the rest of the world. We must remove the clothing of corruption and put on a new garment of patriotism.