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Time to Return to Nigeria

Most developed countries are currently in the middle of the worst recession in a century. Unemployment figures are the highest they’ve ever been since the 90”s in the US and the United Kingdom.

Most Nigerians in the Diaspora are finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet as redundancies and business closures continue to rise.

To make matters worse the usually welcoming western nations are becoming hostile to foreign and migrant workers, perhaps due to the shortage of jobs and the perception that migrant workers contribute little or nothing to their economy, and all they do is drain their housing, health and educational resources.

Nationalist ideologies and Parties are gaining grounds while Immigration laws have been tightened to discourage people from coming in. As a matter of fact, highly placed Politicians are even talking about British Jobs for British workers.

While the developed economies are shrinking, the Nigerian economy has managed to grow by 5% last year according to the recently released figures from the Central Bank of Nigeria, despite the Niger Delta crisis and the epileptic power supply.

You now have to ask the question, where is the proverbial golden fleece? Is it still in the cold cities of Europe? or Is it now in the warm and tropical cities of Lagos or Abuja.

You only have to look at how well some of your colleagues that you left behind are doing, despite all the moans about no electricity, armed robbers and the likes, they still ride the best cars, send their kids to private schools and perhaps still able to afford an expensive family holiday trip to Dubai. What do you think? Time to move?.

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Posted by Henry Kester Ewruje
While I believe, the successes of Nigerians abroad who came back home should be emphasised, I must say that I am deeply disappointed by the government of the country because it is insensitive to the yearnings of the people.

All over the world, there is an increased thirst for education. Knowledge is the prime need of the hour. More and more people are taking full advantage of opportunities for learning and education level of the people is at a high point.

Nigerians abroad are making greater use of the priveleges inherent in living in advanced countries in the world. This is the only way to rear increasing numbers of strong, purposeful men and women, equipped with vision, mental clarity, health and education.

The strength of some nations is education where there is near zero illiteracy. Every citizen must go to school on government scholarship. Infact, in some countries, you get paid for going to school.

Many Nigerians came backhome after years abroad with good education and with the courage to struggle and achieve success back home. They came back home to be successful Lawyers, Doctors and other professionals while some kept their certificates and degrees to be Pastors, Entrepreneurs, Farmers, Entertainers, Hoteliers and Politicians.

Those of them who were accomplished came back home after many years abroad with high hopes for a better life. Some of them found disillusionment and it did not take long for those hopes to fade but they were armed with faith and the will to succeed in their fatherland. They had self belief.

Faith is the first factor in life devoted to service. Without faith, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible. Faith in God is the greatest power, but great too, is faith in oneself. Faith, courage, dignity, ambition and responsibility were needed by the returnees, cultivated and used for their success.

These Nigerian men and women, saw the possibilities of a brighter future in the country, generated by vigorous commitment of new dimensions of self help. And that really cost. It required an investment of time, energy and money. To move up, they needed a plan and a formula. Their success was determined by how well they understood their past and where they were coming from and how well they planned their future in their own country.

While they excelled, succeeding against the odds, because they exerted control, some of them are still outside the mainstream of living out their vision of coming back home. Some of these men and women were uneducated and deported back to Nigeria after serving years of imprisonment abroad for various offences. They had gone abroad to husstle.

Faced with disillusionment, most of them developrd a mobid sense of guilt as well as an extremely sesitive attitude towards their past mistakes. The attitude can be tragic. Their problem is one that must find its solution in the domains of psychology and religion. They must somehow turn their vision toward the future rather than the past and concentrate on the heights which they are determined to reach, not look back into the depths which they once fell.

In other words, they can so outlive their past mistakes by giving their lives to certain high and noble pursuits. In doing so, they will be able to concentrate on such challenging and enobling ideas that they will not have time for self pity.

The accomplished and the deported Nigerians both came back home to a country that lacks everything critical to development like industrialisation, electricity, infrastructure, health care and education.

It is unfortunate that Nigerias dream of vision 2020 toward the achievement of the best economy is like building a house without foundation. We cannot develop a nation without human resources. It is only investment in human resources that will ensure and guarantee the progress and development of a nation. Government has not given education the desired attention.

We are talking of the falling standard of education because people graduate from school without having an increased knowledge. The decay did not happen at once. It started a long time ago and gradually eroded the values in the system to the point of despair.

Government needs to declare a state of emergency in the educational sector or the nation risks a bleak future. No nation rises above the level or content of its educational system.

The Minister of Education, Dr. Sam Egwu disclosed that no fewer than 50 million adult Nigerians are illiterates which effectively places the country among the least educationally developed countries in the comity of nations. Over 7 million Nigerian children of school age have not had the privilege of aquiring formal education which has left a yawning gap in the education of the populace.

According to him, Nigeria and Pakistan were the two countries that have remained the least educationally developed countries. The Minister warned that the country’s vision 2020 might be unrealistic in the face of the prevailing situation except an urgent step was taken to revamp the educational sector.

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The nation’s image has been dented by the recent film and advert of Sony Corporation.
 Of late, Nigerians have attracted bad press in Europe, America and other foreign countries because of mistruths, half truths and deliberate distortion of the truth.

 This might partly explain why the government embarked on the rebranding project.

 President Umaru Yar’ Adua’s administration efforts to rebrand Nigeria were unveiled early this year by the Minister of Information and Communications, Professor Dora Akunyili in Abuja.

 A blockbuster Sci-fi movie which caricatures Nigerians as gangsters and cannibals and a Sony Play station advert which implies that Nigerians are fraudsters have infuriated a government battling to improve the country’s image.

 South African film “District 9” which has topped the UK box office for two straight weeks and ranked in the top 10 in North America is an allegory on segregation and xenophobia, with alien life forms in a township set in Johannesburg.

 None of the groups shown comes out particularly well, but the Nigerians are portrayed as gangsters, cannibals, pimps, and prostitutes while their leader’s name is pronounced Obasanjo – the same as that of Nigeria’s former President.  Nigeria has banned cinemas from showing it.

 When somebody calls you a bad name, and you do nothing about it, others will join and it will stick.

 The sociological diagnosis of Nigerians by Sony Corporation is provocative, deplorable and unacceptable.

 Professor Akunyili reacted immediately, requesting that the advert be taken out of circulation and demanded an apology that will gather the kind of prominence the advert had.

 To add insult to injury, and as contempt for the great nation of Nigeria and her good people, Sony apologized on its website, “to some members of the Nigerian community”.

 Professor Akunyili quickly responded and told Sony to rewrite the apology to the government and the good people of Nigeria.

 There is no doubt that Sony disrespects Nigeria and does not care about the Nigerian market or why will it refer to the people as uneducated, less human and pathologically backwards as depicted in their latest movie called ‘District 9” – another misrepresentation by Sony.

 Sony has been making huge sales of its products in Nigeria since independence.  Infact, Nigeria is the largest consumer of Sony products in Africa, south of the Sahara, north of river Limpopo.

 Sony probably thinks that Nigeria is a small insignificant African country, where people are illiterates and cannibals as ignorantly and wrongly portrayed in the film.

 Rather strangely, Nigerians all over the world don’t see anything wrong with the insult of the country and embarrassment of her citizens by Sony.  It is regrettable that they are not reacting and responding angrily to Sony’s advert.

 Sony Corporation in the advertisement to promote its play station 3 (PS3) game, shows a man talking about the PS3 and how it can be gotten from the internet at a cheap price and that “you cant believe everything you read on the Internet otherwise, I’d be a Nigerian millionaire by now.”

 I am neither amused nor amazed by the daring temerity with which Sony vilified Nigerians with impunity.  If anything, I am enraged.

 Consequently, I call on all Nigerians to rise and join the government in resisting those who do not mean well for the country.

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Written by Henry Kester Ewruje

The world is going through a global economic crisis but African countries have remained relatively unaffected by the first round of the crises.
In a write-up for Gateway Nigeria, Naija4ever, started that “Nigeria’s economy grew by 5% last year despite the Niger Delta crisis and the epileptic power supply. Why am I not surprised?
With this kind of economic growth, I cannot but agree that the attainment of vision 2020 by the federal government is possible, when the country hopes to become one of 20 top economies in the world.
The Central Bank of Nigeria gave the nations economy a clean bill of health with the domestic macroeconomic environment remaining resilient in 2008 despite continuing global economic melt down.
Financial experts say the economy is likely to remain insulated from the adverse effects of global financial crises because of limited exposure of our financial institutions to the global financial markets and the underlying cause of the crises.
Many things have been said and written about the country’s hyra-headed multifariously stunted economy. The economy is no doubt in dire straights.
Some aspects of the economy need urgent attention such as electricity, high prices of petroleum products, health care, food crises, insecurity, education, infrastructure, agriculture, Niger-Delta and employment.
Competence and confidence are fast losing ground in the country and in our people.
Surprisingly, economic and financial experts say the nation is a safe haven for investment.
Since Obasanjo’s tenure as president the only areas where growth were recorded were in the banking and telecommunications sector, but there are reports of likely explosion in other areas of the economy.
As much as we want to before optimistic about Nigeria, we are struck in the face by some brazen realities that it will be foolish to live in a false sense of grandeur. What business can anyone do with less than one hour of electricity a day? Anyway, there are those who can afford diesel for their generators.
Life however, becomes meaningless when the people abandon hope. Only emergency actions can ameliorate the extensive damage done to the psyche of Nigerians and the structure of the economy. The country’s natural and human resources have not been properly husbanded and deployed since independence in 1960.
Nigeria has come out tops in global surveys carried out on every negative indicator-poverty, human rights violation, life expectancy, transparency, government, science and technology, HIV/AIDS. Literacy, health, unemployment, violence and corruption.
Many people are thinking that the country would soon collapse.
Surprisingly, the highly credible Merrill lynch came out in November last year, with an economic survey, and the result is that Nigeria is the world’s safest economy, meaning the least vulnerable economic environment.

By this pronouncement, Nigeria may attract huge attention and investments. This is at a time when the USA, leads other countries in the risk zone including the UK, Euro zone, Bulgaria, Sweden, Hungary, Romania, South Korea, Switzerland and Australia.
Merrill Lynch came out in the economic survey that Nigeria, including Mexico, Philippines, Columbia, Egypt, Oman, Indonesia, Peru, China and Russia.
Merrill Lynch and Co, Inc is global financial services firm. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, the company provides capital market services, investment banking and advisory services, wealth management, asset management, insurance, banking, and related financial service worldwide.
Merrill Lynch has its headquarter in New York City, and occupies the 34 stories of the Four World Financial Centre building in Manhattan. It survives on future studies and forecasts, and does not joke about it.
Nigeria should attract huge attention and investments. It is time for Nigerians abroad to come back home, and invest in the economy.

Nigeria is ripe for investment.

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