ACCOUNTABLE NIGERIA...great people, great nation
Nigeria has been plunged into its second recession in four years, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) confirmed on Saturday. In statistics made available on its website, the NBS said Nigeria’s GDP has contracted for the second time in 2020.
The third quarter GDP contracted by -3.62%, a figure that slightly evades World Bank’s projections of -3.2%. Nigeria also had a second quarter GDP of -6.10% as a result of the ills of the Coronavirus pandemic.
As hoodlums took a stranglehold of the #EndSARS protests and went on an uncontrolled spree of wanton destruction, what got clearer was the huge gap between community leaders and their people.
Community Policing has received new importance at the face of the destruction that followed the protests, and most especially, the calibre of people that perpetrated them. There are many street urchins in Nigeria. Youths, who are not gainfully employed and thrive at the behest of violence are abound in the country.
The COVID-19 pandemic was taken on board as though Nigeria will step up from there and learn critical lessons, however the 2021 budget’s health allocation shows otherwise.
In the appropriation bill for the next year, the health sector got just 4.52% of the entire budget, amounting to N592.16bn. This budget when broken down means a paltry sum of N2960 is allocated to every Nigerian’s health for one year. A further mathematical breakdown proves that just N246 is what is spent on Nigerians’ health per month.
Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State is home to millions of people, and is one of Nigeria’s most peaceful and affordable cities to live in. West Africa’s largest city, Ibadan has seen its population rise in recent years, thanks to its affordability and relatively simpler ways and lifestyle. Like other parts of the state- Ogbomosho, Iseyin and others, the state is witnessing a rising immigration of people.
The last decade was one of Nigeria’s longest, in terms of security. While the country had many problems to deal with, insecurity particularly was high on the list of the issues that gave Nigeria grave concerns. From the North-East, where Boko Haram terrorists were on a damning streak against Nigerian forces and people, to the South-West where kidnappers were gradually gaining a stead, Nigerians grew defenceless despite the massive budget appropriated to the Ministry of Defense.
Nigerians Nigerians are becoming too informed; too knowledgeable for the kind of leaders they have. Why will Nigerians know that a lawmaker is using the people’s food as souvenirs during her birthday? It is none of their business. These Nigerians that have never shown interest in how their leaders behave, loot, and own choice properties abroad with the commonwealth are suddenly becoming more aware. How can they be? Such denigration of their leaders!
“Na tattoo I get, I no kill person…” said YBNL sole female artiste, Temmie Ovwasa as Ibadan #ENDSARS protesters marched from Iwo Road to the State Secretariat on Tuesday. She is just an ordinary youth who wants a stable and non-volatile environment to satisfy her artistic cravings. Perhaps, everything she just wants is to have a fearless reflection of her mental state. Sadly, all her desires cannot be fulfilled with the presence of the daredevil members of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).