Restructuring Nigeria; Correct Me If I Am Right By Mikhail Adeniran
Many people have believed that the amalgamation of the norther and southern protectorate is a fraud by the British, the call for the restructuring of the country is because the current structure have failed on many fronts.
The argument that the current structure does not support true federalism us not entirely true, every ethnic group is well represented in the legislative and executive branch of our democracy. It is imperative that we challenge the current structure due to some reasons, some of which are due to the fact that Nigeria’s population is not what it was few decades ago. By 2030, Nigeria is expected to be among the top five most populous countries of the world with an estimate of over 350 million people. Currently we have a population of approximately 180 million persons, but the current structure was not considered for such population.
An example is on the issue of security and the Nigeria police. The Nigeria police force is one of the failed institution in this country. Personally, I have concluded nothing can change from this particular canker worm. From illegal detention to extortion to intimidation, there is no evil the Nigeria police isn’t capable. Too many of them are attached to private citizens and politician who can provide personal protection for themselves and their families. The current structure in the Nigeria police is centralized, it has to be “order from above”. The DPO reports a situation to his area commander, area commander relays the situation to the zonal commander who then reaches the state commissioner to pass on the situation report. The commissioner also relates the incident to the Inspector General of police who then finally gives an order. Now can you see how screwed up we are in this country?
It cannot be quid quo pro when it comes to ensuring the safety of lives and property of Nigerians. I have not understood fully all the variables in the state policing issue, but if we won’t have a state policing system, the current structure should critically be examined and restructured. With the current size of the police at about 30000 personnel, it is quite worrisome for a country of over 170 million citizens. Many of them are on private protection duty, some of them are on the road intimidating and extorting motorist. Our policing system need urgent and thorough restructuring.
On education, the Nigeria education system is in absolute sham, from primary to the tertiary level. In 2017, the Nigerian education is still using teaching methods and aids of the post-colonial era. No surprise when it comes to innovation, Nigerian students are seriously behind their counter parts from other countries, except for a “microscopic few” whose parents have sent to highbrow colleges and high school where teaching methods of the 21st are being deployed. The teaching job is now considered as a last resort job or a job to keep to the body and soul together. Once you graduate and the “dream” job haven’t come along yet, you can always settle for teaching, at least half loaf is better than none. Go to private primary schools and check out some of their teachers and you will be dumbfounded at their level of ignorance. They have succeeded in shattering the fabrics of foundation of education.
The government owned schools are even worse, when I was in secondary school, the only time we ever had full titration practical was during our WASSCE final exams. We had to settle for the alternative to practical option instead, because every time we hear different stories of how we do not have enough reagents to perform the experiment. Go to the science laboratory of government owed universities, it is the same situation. The current education budget structure is a mess, it has failed and cannot work.
Nigeria education system needs a total and complete restructuring at all level of the government.
A former president of this country commented that what we need is to restructure our minds, to him that is the only restructuring we need. The former president should know that our minds have been restructured to accept that the government have not successfully convict anyone of rape in this country in the past 20 years. Our minds have been restructured that to get adequate security, health, education for our children and ourselves, we have to provide by ourselves. We must not rely on the government.
One thing Nigerian politician do not get is they have relinquished the right to provide solution to Nigeria’s problem; they are the problem.
I understand that there can never be a perfect structure, but when the current structure has failed the Nigerian people on all level, there is need to join the call for restructuring. #OurMumuDon.