Former Education/Petroleum Minister, Professor Jubril Aminu
Professor Jubril Aminu, Nigeria’s former Education/Petroleum Minister, on loving and being patriotic about Nigeria:
Love for this country is just not there. People love their religion more than their country. I am from the North; people from the North are mad about the North but our leaders did not advise us to be as mad about our country. It is the same thing with the West and the East; their leaders did not advise them to be mad about Nigeria too. The people from the West love the West, but they were not thought to love their country, Nigeria. They were told to antagonise the federal government, because of the opposition stance. In my view, everything necessary should be done to get the people to love their country, Nigeria. Not in the fashion of what we see on the television every day, ‘We are Nigeria, we are one’….etc. Even children laugh at it. Invent real ways of making the people love Nigeria.
I remember this quote on patriotism from Mark Twain: “Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” Continue reading…
Seasonal rains have sent water flowing over riverbanks again in Nigeria, picture from Lagos suburbs. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
I wonder why their demeanor does not correlate well with the hopelessness of their situation. Not only is their house flooded, the whole neighbor is under water, from the rains. Is this a form of adaptation to hard life?
This is what I see: Continue reading…
At last, an end to the dreaded malaria parasite/fever is in sight. How can I forget the fevers and rigors of malaria in my younger years…Awfully painful!!
The good news: Results from a clinical study showed that among five- to 17-month-old children, the vaccine (RTS,S) prevented clinical malaria in 56 percent of trial participants over a period of one year. It prevented severe malaria in 47 percent. Continue reading…
The problems in the Nigerian health sector are in most part driven by the combination of limited funding, poor oversight and lack of innovation. In my opinion, the limitations and barriers seen in the health sector can be tackled by innovative leadership much more than increase in funding.
For instance, there are creative ways access to clean water can be improved beyond just drilling boreholes. Would it help if village health centers, market squares also provide people with clean water? Continue reading…
There are quite a good number of people and organizations that send surplus medical supplies to Nigeria. Often times, these supplies are not usable in the intended destinations. The reasons are varied, ranging from damage, to lack of consumables, and inadequate electricity supply.
There are ways to make medical donations work, if the procurement process is done right. Tina Rosenberg shares some insight, via NYT:Making Medical Donations Work.
Let’s hope out of the Abuja tragedy, agony and mangled wrecks comes a renewed vigor to turn around the worsening conditions in Nigeria. Continue reading…
I once read somewhere that “development is the gradual emergence of a problem-solving system”.
Nigeria is fraught with problems, the tooth-achy type that seem to last for ever. Power failure, crumbling infrastructure, failing institutions, etc.
Half a century down the road, can one say Nigeria has developed over the year?
Has any problem-solving system emerged since 1960 when the Brits passed on the baton? Food for thought!