My generation, Our generation By Bashirat Olomada

I find it amazing and as well interesting that Nigeria’s youth are now vexing their anger over the state of the nation and more so, on the governemnt. All of it in visible in the OccupyNaija protest of 2012 to AskOurNass of September 2013 and also the upcoming 100KVoices courtesy of the Generational Voices come January 2014. I am happy to be a part of this generation. The generation that will turn Nigeria

 around. The generation that has the future of Nigeria in her hands. My generation. Our generation.

It is true that we are backward. Comparison with some African countries is enough to convince us that

Nothing is working. That we are a so called “Giant of Africa”. And that if we must bear so we must prove to be so. We must make Nigeria work.

Southern Africa is the most developed in Africa followed by North Africa. Our major export product, crude oil is being stolen everyday by the theives we call leaders, I wonder how we will move farther.

Northern Africa alone is far ahead of us as regards income, education, health and even infrastructure including electricity. We are the 2nd country in the world with the highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS. 60,000 Nigerian  children are infected yearly. Nigeria is the only place where her people still battle with malaria. Malaria is history in other places.

 Our roads are dilapidated, our rails still roll the oldest trains you can find on earth, our airports are the hottest and less well kept. Electricity has become worse since the shift from PHCN. I thought it will be bette, but now we hardly see light. If  it is like this in Abuja, I wonder what it is like in other places like Kano, Borno, Kwara, etc.

By 2025, Nigeria will be among the highest populated nations in the world. So how are we going to cater for our people? How do we intend to feed them? I am a strict believer that in order for us to develop, we need to do 4 things:

1. Reduce our birth rate by setting a child birth policy.

2. Provide education for all.

3. Maintain and also build new infrastructures.

4. Create paying job opportunities.

Nigeria is a fast growing urban nation. But urbarnization does not guarantee better living conditions. Over 160million people live in the slums in Sub-Saharan Africa. Of this, 71million people live in urban slums in Nigeria. These precarious peri-urban zones need significant investment in their infrastructures.

Our leaders are not the listening type. And we are tired of looking upto them for all of our needs as a people. Now with our hands we want to turn things around and build a nation of our dreams.

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