By Ademola Adetunji
The affluence is getting richer while the less privileged getting poorer and stripped of their individual rights. As such impunity is viewed as Child’s play over the masses, a situation where an ordinary man becomes a prey.
Ironically, an ordinary man in Nigeria always succumbs to his fate and give up to the torment imposed on him by the government.
” One day it will be better”, this was an old saying for Nigerian youths, however, presently, it is rather No food for a lazy man. Between “Taking a chance or die in poverty trying”.These sayings have become a catalyst which propels Nigerian youths to aplomb and decides to either die in the Mediterranean while trying to escape hardship or live in Nigeria and die in hunger.
Hear me out! For a complete week, I kept persuading a friend on social media, educating her about the risk involved in coming to Europe by road. But all my effort proved abortive and to no avail, as the eldest in her family, she has to take care of her siblings and her mother after the sudden death of her dad.
Disappointed and sad, so scary and frustrating, there was nothing I did not say to make her stop this uncertain and perilous journey to Europe. What is her FATE?
There is No sufficient reason enough to justify anyone to embark on a desperate adventure, risking their lives on a journey far from 50% success.
Moreover, very many of these youth perish at the sea without reaching the promised land as they perceived, yet, the government has done little or nothing to the present situation regarding youths migrating to the western world through the Mediterranean causing many to meet an untimely death in the long run.
However, corruption has been the major reason why poverty has become a part and parcel of a daily way of life in a country blessed with numerous natural resources but the government has failed to invest more on industries development and infrastructures also have refused to focus on the economic stability by creating more jobs and empowering the youths for a better future.
The gods or the youths are not to be blamed but Nigerian government for the death of innocent citizens, poverty is not a pleasant atmosphere to dwell in.
I will not cease to blame it on the government, of course one of the major reason why Nigerian economy is not improving is the fact that the government has not bestowed enough priority in providing a lasting solution to electricity problem in the country, if there is proper provision of electricity in the country, the youths will prefer to create jobs for themselves than making a grave decision to leave the country for a greener pasture.
Who will prefer to die? Constant electricity is a key tool to a stable economy in a country.
Furthermore, at the dawn of any industrial and economic revolution, productivity will always output the economic stability of the country and constrained by the limitation of human toils or animal strength by the boundaries of available land, this is the case in Nigeria, we have land, natural resources, human resources, and funds.
In order to sustain the economic growth and momentum of any country, an ample and constant supply of viable and affordable energy is highly required imperatively to power manufacturing company, drill for oil, fly millions of passengers in and out of the country, to sail the sea with tons of import and exported goods, to put computers on, to light up offices, to save lives in the hospitals and to activate phone lines for communication.
Nigeria’s economic growth will be a testament to all African continents for its economic revolution if there is constant electricity and as such, it will give our economy the power to catapult itself to the height we thought would never be possible to reach in the next 100 years.
Invariably, Nigeria’s economy will be more disastrous unless our government can create jobs through entrepreneurship, ingenuity, and skills of its people, therefore, it is a priority for Nigeria’s leaders and its government to provide and ensure that millions of its youths that are willing to put their skills and creativity to work at improving their future and living conditions are given the opportunity to learn skills, adapt and succeed.The youth should not be educated on the basis of acquiring technical skills or acquiring a degree only, but they should also be impacted with the mindset of an entrepreneur through formal and informal educational system.
The government should also provide a way to support directly or indirectly, any youth or individuals that have learned and acquired a skill, either financially or equip them to start up a business in their respective skills and as well they should get financial assistance during the apprenticeship period to motivate and help them survive the learning process.
These procedures were used by the western world to keep the youths busy, creative and useful to the society, thereby helping to provide employment and stable economy in the development of the country.
An idle mind is the devil’s workshop as such it is the origin of poverty.
Ademola Omoboriowo Adetunji