NIGERIA: FAILURE TO PLAN

Posted: January 24, 2015 by myTHOUGHTStoSCREEN in NIGERIA
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If you fail to plan, you plan to fail; I’m very sure every one of us has been taunted with this saying at one point or the other in our lives. Personally the quote taunted me most in my university days, where you had to plan reading timetables from the beginning of the semester and when reading time tables failed you’d embark on compulsory all night reading (TDB) “so you’d eventually have good grades”. Β In any case Benjamin Franklin wasn’t wrong; Planning is everything, I’m sure you would also agree with me from experience that having a single plan is often very risky. Most times, a plan A needs a plan B (which in my case was TDB), and often times a plan C.

In my opinion, Nigeria falls under the planning to fail category. Nigeria today looks to me like a confused nation devoid of planning in the past. And ultimately a country that carries out actions without a plan. The recent drop in crude oil prices and its resultant adverse effect is what prompted this post.

Recently, the joint admission and matriculation board (JAMB) introduced the computer based test (CBT) in its unified tertiary matriculation examination (UTME). Further, it was suggested that the paper based test be completely phased out. A series of questions came to mind when I heard of this; “have they put in place the necessary infrastructure to make this happen?” “are all the candidates registering for the exams computer literate?” and ultimately “what measures have been initially put in place to make sure everyone who is to partake in this exams at any time at least has basic knowledge of how to operate a computer?”. Shouldn’t making sure that even the child in a public school has basic computer knowledge be the first point of call? PLANNING!!! I served in a state government-owned school, which wasn’t so below standard, yet they had no computer room/laboratory. All they did was plain theory no practical classes whatsoever.

Over the years (since oil exploration started in the late 1950’s), Nigeria has long solely thrived on revenue from oil. And experts have over time expressed concerns on the nation’s over dependence on revenue from oil, and however advised the government to diversify the economy. Unfortunately the advice was neglected, and today, oil revenue is the backbone of the economy as it generates quite a very large chunk of government revenues. Now that oil prices are beginning to decline drastically, what happens next? Seeing as there were no plans whatsoever to cushion any negative effects that could arise in situations like this. As always, the ripple effects of finding a quick solution to their lack of planning in the first place inevitably fall on the masses.

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The question remains why on earth wasn’t there a plan B, C or even D in place? Why didn’t the government like those of other oil-producing countries who wouldn’t even be the least bit moved by the fall in prices think to diversify the economy? Didn’t the government anticipate the fact that sooner or later the world would turn to an alternative fuel source or even worse that the oil wells would dry up? Is the government waiting till every single device/machine that utilizes fuels from our oil starts running on batteries or even fuel from sugar cane before they diversify the economy? Why doesn’t the government see the need to invest in other sectors that would generate as much revenue as oil?

Now they are running helter skelter putting austerity measures in place that still doesn’t totally cut down on the wasteful spending of the government. I only hope God gives them the wisdom they need to eventually put in place and carry out the necessary measures to soothe the effects of the drop in oil prices. While they put other plans in place on how to generate revenue from non-oil sources. If not, as always the masses will pay dearly for the government’s mistakes.

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  1. Gabosky says:

    One thing is planning, another important one is implementation. If you don’t plan at all,u’ve already failed by default! Same thing happens if you don’t implement. The problem with our nation is that our leaders lacked vision. In the late 1970’s when there was oil boom, Gowon ran out of idea on how to efficiently and effectively utilise the financial avalanche that came pouring in. Almost same time, Dubai and other Middle Eastern states were implementing their plans to transform their nation from developing to developed! Instead, Nigeria was busy hosting Witches,Wizards and demons from other climes in the name of FESTAC 77… . That notwithstanding, all hope isn’t lost yet. Japan doesn’t have oil and they are constantly hit with variety of quakes…yet they ranked amongst the richest countries with high GDP per Capital due to their technological advancement. Nigeria need to develop its human capital and infrastuctures or else… For the potential University students, I believe its high time we stepped up a bit. If you aren’t computer literate you have no business gaining admission! My concern is d ICT centres to be used,do we have enough centres or do they intend writing the UTME for 3-days? Lest I forget, Nice write up dear…do keep it up!

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