HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF MY NATION? – A submission by Jeremiah Terese
I have always wondered what it will take for my country to be at par with other developed countries like the united states and China. Seeing their giant skyscrapers, gigantic industries, massive infrastructure, prosperous economy and the juicy standard of living of their citizens leaves me in awe and envy.
Well, I am a Nigerian and i am proud of my country Nigeria. As a people, we share a deep cultural heritage across our over 250 ethnic groups. we have many natural resources across agricultural, mining and human sector. In agriculture, we produce fairly large percent of what we eat and we export cocoa beans, sesame seeds, cashew etc. In the mining sector; we have abundance of mineral resources including Oil and Gas which contributes about 80% of our national revenue. In the human sector; we have a whooping population of over 200million citizens. We are the dominant people amongst the black race such that one in every four black people in the world is Nigerian. Our potentials are numerous and it is why we are called the giant of Africa.
On the other side of our story, we have a stifling National Growth malnourished by corruption. Our economy is bad with so many of our citizens poor, hungry and jobless. There is prevailing insecurity and many citizens go about the day in fear for their lives and property. We are suffering from lot of internal crises including farmer – herder crises, threat of secession by some regions of our federation, banditry and terrorism especially in the north eastern part of the country. The political sphere is so dirty and corrupt and recycles corrupt people into positions of power. There is so much hopelessness and many people dash out of the country at slightest opportunity. At the peak of our problems is a weak Government that seems to have lost control or understanding of our predicaments. It is in the midst of all these that I must find how I can contribute to the development of my dear nation Nigeria.
Although many challenges impede the development of my nation, these challenges all have similar roots and if they are all addressed fundamentally, it will not only be easier but the solutions will last longer. The Roots of our problems includes; Bad governance, poverty, insecurity, illiteracy and corruption. If these national challenges are efficiently resolved, ripple effects will be caused to sweep across the remaining sectors cleansing the dirt clogging the wheels of our national development.
I can contribute to bringing about good governance by being politically conscious and honoring my civic duties including actively voting and contesting for eligible leadership positions. I can participate in peaceful protests when my rights are trampled upon. And explore other legal means of holding my leaders accountable including instituting actions in court to protect my rights and those of my fellow citizens.
Building the economy: Eradicating poverty
I can contribute to the economy by first working hard to make sure that I am myself, financially buoyant and independent. I can also advocate for social programs that will lift citizens out of poverty, and create employment opportunities for the citizens. I can harness the power of entrepreneurship to empower myself and my fellow citizens.
I can contribute to guaranteeing security by being security conscious of my environment and reporting suspicious criminal activities in my society to the police. I can engage in awareness campaigns to enlighten the masses about the dangers of involving in violent actions. Also, I can encourage and even enroll in the security agencies to help maintain peace and order.
Illiteracy and ignorance:
I will, myself attain the most education I can and encourage fellow citizens to be educated as well.
I can help tackle corruption by holding and upholding high moral values in my dealings, and assisting anti-graft agencies in exposing corrupt practices.
In conclusion, I will continue bear the image of my nation with pride and retain hope that one day Nigeria will develop to be the develop country of my dreams.