Nigeria, the “giant of Africa” and the most populous, marks its independence every October 1st. Naturally, people are not satisfied with the insecurity, the economy, the level of poverty and the general situation.
The majority of its citizens believe that at age 61 it is extremely important that the country’s levels of government work towards infrastructure and economic development to boost growth and quality of life.
Basic facilities and services such as water, roads, electricity, housing, health facilities, sewers, street lights, playgrounds, transport, among others, are still insufficient.
In a country of 200 million people, the federal government, states and local councils face the Herculean task of ensuring that citizens enjoy democracy.
Experts believe that with the change in the age structure of Nigeria’s population, authorities need to pay more attention to the dividends of democracy.
It is believed that no country can progress if it does not take adequate care of young people. According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the unemployment rate stands at 33.3%.
It has been suggested that the government could tackle this problem by providing grants to young entrepreneurs to improve the capacity and momentum for expansion.
Experts believe that if 50,000 business leaders are able to employ 3 to 4 people, the result would be 150,000 to 200,000 new jobs per year.
This, in addition to skills training programs as well as recruiting competent citizens into federal and state ministries, departments and agencies, will reduce unemployment.
Nigeria has around 200 functioning higher education institutions, and it is advocated that there be a clear plan for the hundreds of thousands of graduates they produce each year.
The Buhari administration has a number of social investment programs (SIP): N-Power, Government Enterprise and Empower Program (GEEP), Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) and Home Grown School Feeding Program (HGSF).
However, GEEP, a microcredit intervention for traders, artisans, youth, farmers and women, is the only initiative that can help beneficiaries mobilize more hands.
But it is believed that even GEEP funding needs to be increased as it provides loans between N 10,000 and N 100,000 per month, indicating that this ratio can be doubled so that those who benefit can afford to pay the staff they want. are recruiting.
Overall, quality infrastructure and safety are essential. Experts say that if the protection of lives and property is not guaranteed, potential investors will go elsewhere.
They believe investors will always consider countries where they don’t have to worry about their security, access roads, traffic jams, volatility, harassment from the host community, violent clashes, power outages. , large capacity generators and diesel.
In his birthday message, famous lawyer Mike Ozekhome expressed his sadness at the events in Nigeria.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) advised everyone to observe Independence Day in a solemn and gloomy mood.
He lamented that citizens are dying of hunger, poverty, saalour, bad governance, kidnappings, banditry, Boko Haram, terrorism, corruption, etc.
“Nigeria is now the poverty capital of the world, having overtaken India. It is the 149 of the 183 most corrupt countries in the world, according to Transparency International, on its corruption perception index.
“Civil society is greatly compromised, with otherwise important enlightenment falling for cheap crumbs falling from their masters’ table. The opposition is in disarray, unable to organize to challenge a failing governor.
“The Naira is very rough, trading for around 600 naira to the dollar. Inflation is at its highest. The prices of food and consumables have increased geometrically, beyond the reach of ordinary people.
“Even on the democratic side, our cherished civil liberties have become severely restricted and violated. Freedom of expression has become an essential commodity.
“The rule of law is in decline, giving free rein to the rule of thumb. Court orders are disobeyed with reckless abandonment. The situation is so sad and pathetic, ”complained the lawyer.
However, the federal government has said that the challenges Nigeria faces are part of the development process.
The boss Mustapha, secretary of the government of the Federation noted that some countries have never faced major crises but have been fragmented.
“For Nigeria to turn 61, I think it’s commendable. Despite the challenges the country has gone through, we have shown Nigerian resilience. “
The SGF assured that the Buhari administration was doing its best to secure the population and create a better future. He gave the government an infrastructure pass.
In his Independence Day speech, the president boasted that the current leadership has performed better than previous ones in six years.