The Future of Nigeria as a Nation - Comrade Alopay


The Osun State polytechnic, Iree, student union government president, Comrade Raji Kehinde, organised an online hangout session with the aspirant for NANS National President, ⁨Comrade Alopay, on Friday 10th, July, 2020, via one of the institution platform, with a topic tagged "The Future of Nigeria as a Nation".

The guess speaker introduce himself; I'm Alabi Kayode ALOPAY, the CEO Alabi Kayode Foundation. I had my first degree at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Ogbomoso in the department of Management Accounting. I had my Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in the same higher institution. I'm presently a Masters MTech student in the Project Management Technology (PMT) department, Federal University of Technology Akure.

To begin with, what's the meaning of the word FUTURE?

A period of time following the moment of speaking or writing; time regarded as still to come.

By December 2019, Nigeria has overtaken South Africa as Africa's largest economy. And with over 200 million people, it is the largest market in the continent, its population nearly twice the size of Ethiopia (110 million) or Egypt (102 million). According to encyclopedia

Youths are the work-force of any nation, country or entity; they are the movers and shakers of pillars, the ones who really can make the change needed.
In Nigeria, youths make up for more than half (53%) of the total population of Africa’s largest country and the issues faced by the major workers of a nation definitely would be mitigators against social and economical growth of the nation.

Not to bore you with much talk,  can we just go straight to the point?

"Major Challenges Facing Nigerian Youths"

*Corruption
Unemployment
*Reclining Standard of Education
*Drug and Substance Abuse
*Lack of interest in Culture
*Laziness
*Cultism and Thuggery
*Unhealthy Usage of *Social Media
*Insecurity
*Lack of Political Involvement
*Lack of Facilities for *Entrepreneurial Ventures
*Prostitution and Human Trafficking
*Solutions to the Social Issues faced by Nigerian Youths

It'll take a lot of time explaining each of these points above.  Let's move further

Nigeria unemployment rate for 2017 was 8.39%, a 1.33% increase from 2016. Nigeria unemployment rate for 2016 was 7.06%, a 2.75% increase from 2015.

It is expected that unemployment rate in Nigeria will 33.5% in 2020, NECA warns. The rate of unemployment in Nigeria may rise to 33.5% in 2020 from the current rate pegged at 23.1%, NECA has warned.Nov 11, 2019.

By some estimates Nigerian tertiary education institutions produce up to 500,000 graduates every year and there are also Nigerian graduates who study abroad who come home to compete for jobs.

Let's ask ourselves,  how many companies are there in Nigeria and are employable?

Nigeria Has 3.1 Million Registered Companies - CAC. The Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) has revealed that Nigeria has a total of 3.1 million registered companies.

How many Small and Medium Enterprises do we have in Nigeria?

According to SMEs national survey conducted by the NBS, Lagos, Osun, and Oyo are the top states with the highest number of SMEs. Some Breakdown: The NBS report shows that the total number of enterprises in Nigeria was estimated at 41.5 million, spread out across the 36 states in the country.

Now let's leave number of graduates we produce,  how many jobs available,  how much SMEs do we've and the likes.

Let's move further on th state of the nation,  security wise.  Don't forget we're discussing about the future of Nigeria.

The need for security was the basis of the social contract between the citizens and the state, with that been said, security should be a fundamental right and entitlement for every citizen in which people willingly surrendered their rights to the government who oversees the survival of all. From this perspective, security embodies the mechanism put in place to avoid, prevent, reduce, or resolve violent conflicts, and threats that originate from other states, non-state actors, or structural sociopolitical and economic conditions. Security is vital for national cohesion, peace and sustainable development.

Hence, Insecurity to me is defined as a breach of peace and security; whether historical, religious, ethnic, regional, civil, social, economic, and political that contributes to recurring conflicts, and leads to wanton destruction of lives and property.

Let's ask ourselves,  what can we achieve as a nation in the breach of insecurity? Nobody wants to farm because of cattle rustlers. Business investors are afraid to come invest because of kidnapping.

Of recent times our beloved motherland, Nigeria has been Bewildered with a series of Major security challenges Nigeria that one used to be a haven for most people citizens and foreigners as well, has of recent time become a hotspot, that the united states and a few other countries have had to issue a red-flag warning to its citizens on travelling to some parts of the country. Ranging from kidnapping, armed banditry, killings, abductions and of course terrorist attacks these and many other constitutes of the major form of insecurity we are facing today as Nigerians, the Federal Government has equally tried their best to curb the Menace by deploying quite several security personnel to this hotspots, but these evil perpetrators have since decided not to let peace reign.

Can we leave insecurity and move to the semi final stage I'll be talking about so we can all judge the future of our nation ourselves.

Can we leave insecurity and move to the semi final stage I'll be talking about so we can all judge the future of our nation ourselves.

Internet Fraud!, The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the US has indicted 80 people - 77 of them Nigerians - in what it describes as the "largest case of online fraud in US history.

Internet fraud has affected us so much in Nigeria that an average Nigerian citizen cannot walk freely in neighboring African countries.

Th recent case of Huspuppi says it all.  I'm sure we all know the story and how much damage it has caused to Nigerians in diaspora.  Some embassies have begin to decline Nigerians visa now.

Before I move to the final stage of my discussion which is leadership,  let's highlight th issue of *Corruption*.

Corruption seems to be the Bigger problem in Nigeria. It encompasses all that we've discussed above.

The biggest challenge confronting Nigeria—arguably besides insecurity—is corruption. It has triggered higher poverty and unemployment and significantly contributed to the surge in internet fraud. The desperation for survival for many of Nigerian youths is tough. Most are unemployed and can barely afford to feed themselves. The misappropriation of public funds that could have created jobs and other economic opportunities by corrupt politicians is the real problem here.

LEADERSHIP/FOLLOWERSHIP

It would be simplistic to say that running a country is not rocket science. It can be complex. Yet, human government is about the ability of human beings, not celestial angels, to govern in a way that guarantees stability, generates prosperity and increases general welfare. Thus, the quality of a country’s governance is directly proportional to the quality of its people.

Leadership Traits, A case study of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid That Transformed Dubai!. I'll give you this but before then as I round up,  let's get to know this. When we talk of “people”, we must, in the context of governance, divide them into leaders and followers. Here, leaders are those with the power and authority to run a country, and followers are the governed. Now, my first point is that both leadership and followership are critical to the success of any country; my second point is that, sadly, both have failed utterly in Nigeria. This country has acute and chronic problems of leadership and followership. For in a democracy, it is the duty of citizens to protect against bad leadership by making sure that only those with the necessary intelligence and ability are elected into political offices. Sadly, in Nigeria, the citizens don’t perform this critical duty of followership. They rarely elect competent people into political offices, and yet, after every election, they spend the next four years complaining bitterly about bad leadership even though their action or inaction facilitated it.

Recently, someone tweeted the following about President Buhari and it got me laughing: “National unity – failed; economy – failed; security – failed; rule of law – failed; human rights – failed”, adding, “What’s Buhari doing in Aso Rock please?” Yet, this is a president who was re-elected for a second term with 15,191,847 votes and 56% of the total votes. I couldn’t help replying to the tweet. “How did he manage to secure a second term?” I asked, quoting Joseph de Maistre, *“Every nation gets the government it deserves” and George Carlin, “Ignorant citizens elect ignorant leaders”!*

As I round up,  we'll all decide talk about the future of Nigeria as a country ourselves.

Let’s face it, how many of President Buhari’s most vociferous critics on social media and elsewhere voted in last year’s election? In the whole country, only 27m people, out of the 82m registered voters, about 34%, voted. In the South, where Buhari was deemed to be unpopular, most people didn’t vote, with the turnout being less than 25%. Indeed, in Lagos State, only 18.5% of the 5.5m people who collected the Permanent Voter Card voted.

All of which brings us back to followership. It takes the citizens to elect the right leaders, and it takes them to put pressure on leaders to perform. Every country needs a critical mass of enlightened citizens, who are censorious and can act as a checking mechanism on bad leadership. Sadly, Nigeria doesn’t have such citizenry. Instead, it has passive, compliant and alienated citizens. Nigeria’s deep crisis of leadership is worsened by its deeper crisis of followership. Little wonder progress eludes it!.

Back to this!

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Makhtoom is the Prime Minister and Vice President of UAE. He is also the ruler of Dubai. He came to power after the death of his brother, Sheikh Makhtoom in 2006. Since then, he has been at the forefront when it comes to introducing new reforms in governments and has taken up a host of projects to fulfill his vision of making UAE the best business country in the world by 2020.

Paying tribute to his decade long rule, we look at the ten leadership traits of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid that changed the face of Dubai and UAE for the better:

1. VISION WITH SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES
2. SELF CONFIDENCE
3. INNOVATION
4. KEEP LEARNING
5. ATTACHMENT WITH FOLLOWERS
6. EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION
7. DETERMINATION
8. PERSISTENCE
9. UNITY
10. TAKE RISKS

Thank you for your time, God bless you.  Let us all now look at how the future of Nigeria looks like and can look like in nearest future.

I also thank the organizers of this very laudable program.

Source: Comrade Yekeen Olawale (Jega of OSPOLY).

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