Nigeria of tomorrow, where we are, where we are coming from and where we are going - Comrade Gandhi


The Osun state Polytechnic, Iree, student union president, Comrade Raji Kehinde, organised an online hangout session with The Chairman NANS JCC Osun Axis, Comrade Gandhi, on Saturday 27th June, 2020, to talk on a topic tagged "Nigeria of tomorrow, where we are, where we are coming from and where we are going" via one of the institution platform where intellectuals and leaders of the institution are fully on.

When the lecture is about to start, the SUG resident open the session with his opening speech, read below;
I greet and give kudos to all that deem fit to be available to participate in the tonight session. By the power conferred on me as the President of the institution (Osun State Polytechnic Iree) I hereby call this session to order.

Immediately after his opening speech the guess speaker started his lecture, read below;

Thank you so much Mr. President, combatant greetings to the Ospolites. My name is Agbogunleri Oluwaseun Michael, The chairman, NANS Osun Axis. A student of Obafemi Awolowo University, ile ìfẹ́. A passionate Ife man. Thanks for having me here. My sobriquet is Statesman Gandhi. Can I go to the topic straight?

And one of the in-house Comrade replied him saying;
You're highly welcome to the citadel of learning platform, my capacity number one student of osun state, GANDHI OF JCC OSUN.

However, he move forward with his lecture, saying;
Without wasting much of your time let me quickly treat the topic given to me. Let me use this occasion to talk on Nigerias democracy. The topic given to me is wide. It involves many faces. By and large I will still attempt some part of it. it is important to reflect once again on why Nigeria is where it is today and how the nation might realise its manifest destiny. Twenty years into democratic rule, Nigeria remains richly blessed with globally acclaimed professionals and award-winners. It also has all it takes to be potentially self-reliant: Beautiful people of diverse backgrounds with varied histories and cultures and a natural environment that seems like paradise when compared with some other nations. In the light of the havoc wreaked on other peoples and places by the evils of nature is measured, Nigeria should appreciate the cosmic law of balance. By its location, the country is outside the world’s tectonic plates. It is not susceptible to earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions. No summer heatwaves, or winter frosts that kill in droves. Flooding in Nigeria seems like a child’s play when compared with the seasonal flooding of provinces in India or North and central Europe. Strategically located at the centre of the globe, Nigeria seems blessed from all angles. Nigeria is the only country where almost everything provided by nature is imported from less endowed nations; where in the midst of plenty, people are hungry. It is about the only independent state where noble minds are ruled over by ignoble characters. Wallowing in a bounty of wealth, Nigeria survives on the low quality products imported from countries less blessed. A country that produces Sweet Crude then curiously depends on the conspiracy of economic hitmen and buccaneers to degrade itself by becoming an importer of toxic fuel!, With subsistence comes diminishing standard of living and poor health conditions. And because Nigerians are accustomed to inadequate healthcare from poorly paid and overworked health workers who seem like undertakers rather than life savers, Nigeria has come to be desensitized by cheap death and low premium on life. Standing at about seven per cent of the national budget, spending on education is the clearest demonstration of government’s utter disregard for quality education. In its usual lip-service to the Universal Basic Education, the country manages a basic education system with a preponderance of private sector initiative and a negligent public system. Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, became the third African country to record over 10,000 cases of COVID-19. It shows that we were not prepared. The milestone was reached on May 31 when 307 new cases took its tally to 10,162. As Africa’s biggest economy, the federal government has continued to enforce regulations across the board even though most state governments have moved to relax restrictions. Lagos being the economic nerve center is rolling out a progressive reopening of the economy. The latest economic analysis for Nigeria says managing and recovering from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated oil price shock will require the government, public and private sectors with as many as five million people who could be pushed into poverty, the report recommends policy options that can help mitigate the effects of the crisis and lay the foundations for a strong economic recovery, generating more jobs and improving employment beyond assessing the economic and social impacts of COVID-19, the report analyzes the impact of the 2019 land border closure, the opportunity to promote agribusiness for food security and job creation, remittances, and the diaspora for development. Before COVID-19, Nigeria’s economy was gradually recovering from the 2016 recession, although per capita incomes were still falling because economic growth lagged population growth.

Nigeria’s GDP growth rate improved slightly in 2019, reflecting rising service output on the supply side, growth was mainly driven by the services sector, which represents about 50% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).

The principal performers here were telecommunications and financial services, which expanded in part because of policies aimed at increasing credit to the private sector. Agriculture and the oil industry also contributed to growth positively, despite the introduction of an OPEC cap on oil production. All these were learnt from political economy classes.

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