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Good Bye 2020: A Year With Great Turmoil

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Abba Dukawa, a public commentator and writer from Kano State
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Abba Dukawa, Kano.

As the peoples and the nation enter new year 2021 with mix anticipation on what the year will look like to more than 100 million Nigeria,population that were classified as poor absolutely last year was one of most hardest years to millions of Nigerians.

Whatever maybe Nigerians still hoping for Allah’s blessing in spite of losing much confidence on those governing us. May Allah, protect our country from harm, eradicate any source that may disrupt our peacefulness, aid our rulers to maintain our country’s economic and progress and forgive us for all our wrongdoings and accept our good deeds. Bless our nation again.

Like rest of countries across the globe, year 2020 was the most challenge years in three decade of the country since Independent in almost all the nation sector. As every sectors in the country had its own challenge but other critical sectors which has direct bearing to the country population bear hit most the Inflation, Economic and Security. These sectors witness serious turmoil and the rest of the sector remains the same.

Let me starts with National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) report stating that Nigeria’s inflation rate rose by 12.82% (year-on-year) the highest rate recorded in 27 months since March 2018.

The situation has worsen Nigeria’s poverty rate. In a country where N30,000 is a minimum wage this rate of inflation left lucky one with fixed income with less purchasing power and their ability to afford the same quantity of goods and services has reduced significantly.

2020 Nation’s Economy: Following the collapse of crude oil prices from 2014 to date triggered unpleasant memories to Nigerian government which found itself in unchartered waters. Since than It continues to struggle to revive the economy amidst dwindling oil revenues compounded by unemployment, poverty and insecurity and the country remains weak and fragile -being outstripped by population growth. With outbreak of the Covid 19, has puts Nigeria’s economy being caught in the cross-hairs.

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Nigeria Dependent on oil for 70% of government revenues, fluctuating prices leave the country vulnerable. Due to lack of foresight from our rulers not save Hundred billion of Dellors as much as possible especially at the times crude oil price reached its peaked price.

The present and past administrations both failed to prevent the country going to recession followed the collapse of oil prices in 2015. Unemployment, poverty and economic uncertainty remain unresolved. Now the country facing severe challenges. Oil price volatility is accentuated by rising commodity prices, with the devaluation of the naira against the U.S. dollar.

With Covid 19 pandemic in the first quarter of the last year. While the serving administration lack economic transformation strategy the country bear serious economic turmoil with first recession and now in the second the recession the country going into which is expected to be the worst since the 1980s.

The administration’s inability to implement an expansionary fiscal policy, since than the economy has been grappling with anaemic growth. With the IMF projects that growth will remain weak at an annual average of about 1.9% from 2019 to 2023. With second recession set to further aggravate the extreme poverty level in the country which already stood as the highest in the world.

Nigeria’s debt has doubled since Buhari took over. Two months before he took office on 29 May – the country owed a total of N12 trillion. At the end of June 2015, the country debt had risen slightly to N12.1 trillion. By the end of June 2018, total public debt had almost doubled to N22.4 trillion. Going by these frightening figures released by the Debt Management Office and another scary situation total debt stock stood at some humongous rose to N31. 009 trillion ($85.897 billion) as of June 30, 2020.

Almost every day Concerns Nigerians and Economists experts express worries over the country rising debt profile. Nigeria already condemned perpetually with the twin problem of heavy budget deficits and weak balance of payments position. In the 2021 Budget Over N3.3trn will go to Debt Servicing. In spite with this hefty debt which seem our rulers mortgage our future despite World Bank forecasts that the Nigerian economy will shrink between 3.2% and 7.4% this year. Where things do get even worse, the recession could continue into 2021 when the economy could only attract only 2%.

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It is time for economy diversification in the country because there is no state in Nigeria without untapped different mineral resources. Notwithstanding this huge opportunities in the nation untapped mineral resources.

According to report of Geology and Mineral resources of Nigeria estimated Nigeria’s iron ore deposit to reach three billion tonnes, coal, three billion tonnes while lead and zinc are to reach 10 million tonnes each. from iron ore experts says Federal Government can make $280 billion from iron ore annually more than what the country earn from crude oil. The country will set itself free unless federal government develop the country untapped mineral industry and modernise the agricultural sectors.

2020 remain most scary year because of the level of insecurity reaching unpleasant stage due to the rising tide of insecurity across northern Nigeria and other states of the federation and the most challenging times after the countey’s bitter experience of the three-year civil war.

People in the northern part of the country are completely at the mercy of armed gangs who roam towns and villages at will, wreaking havoc. I am strongly believer that the government and the citizens should evolve strategies in tackling the menace. It behoves on every Nigerian to rise to the occasion to support the security agencies toward securing Nigeria.

Like i have raise this issue in my last articles which was widely published in many print and online medium Why Insecurity And Mass Kidnapping Persists In The North, Said Nigerians clamour for change but we do not want to change themselves. In the North, villagers give information to Boko Haram, kidnappers and bandits. In the South, families and friends protect drug dealers, yahoo boys. People in high places intercede on behalf of criminals. Every Nigerian is a major stakeholder and therefore owes it a duty to ensure Nigeria is saved from the quagmire of insecurity.

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There has never been a time when millions of Nigerians are losing faith in the ability of those in governance to make a great impact to hope our better tomorrow than now.The people’s faith keeps fading on a daily basis in the country.

No one will believed if someone walked up to Buharists before 2015 and said Nigerians under the present administration would experience such desperate situation we are now in, people would consider that person a mentally ill, and unapologetic Buharists would promptly give him a verbal roasting if not physical attack.

Five years down the line no Nigerian expected negative things to happen under PMB’s stewardship. The electorates never thought Baba would head a government bedeviled with boggling poor economic policies, poverty and insecurity challenges with endless things which are discrediting administration’s goodwill and the nation at large.

Nigerians want to see an improved security, Economic situation in the country. The economy is sinking deep and the unemployment rate is higher than ever before. The government should take proactive steps to reverse the situation. The government should do everything possible to to redeem itself.

Truly, 2020 has been a challenges year occasioned by COVID19 and bad economic. Things have gone so wrong and so bad. Even Buhari’s fear factor has gone. corrupt and criminal ones in the society have a free day. Everyone does as wishes. Government has a lot of work to do in 2021 to redeem itself. May we have a prosperous year freeing from any misfortune.

Dukawa write in from Kano can be reached at (abbahydukawa@gmail.com)

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CITAD Advocates Use of Technology in the fight against Insurgency

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Abba Dukawa, Kano.

The Executive Director Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) Engineer Y.Z Yau has said that Its seem like government and its security agencies failed to restore peace in the country, Instead, they seem to be in a debate among themselves as to who can offer the most ridiculous explanation of their failure.

According to him “we are all aware that insecurity across the country has made nowhere in Nigeria a safe place in the country as Kidnapping, banditry, secessionist violence have all become common place that peace is the only illusive constant.

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Engineer Y.Z Yau made the observation in a press conference held at CITAD Kano office on Wednesday.

Explained that for the government to curtail the insecurity there is need for security agencies to increasing use of digital technology in term of intelligensia sharing among agencies to upfront merchants of violence in the country adding that reequipping our army and intelligence agencies who have been underequipped this approach will help in minimize the nation security challenge for quite long.

Saying if these criminals can wage a campaign of terror and violence using Technology and intelligence, this means that government’s’ counter insurgency must also turn to be based on intelligence, but we have not seen this in the way that army and other agencies are prosecuting the campaign against insurgents.

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Engineer Y.Z Yau added What government should do in adopting Technology and intelligence, need to develop, through consultation its Use of Technology for Counter Insurgency Plan and Strategy, Identity and address connectivity blind spots in the country, especially within environments where bandits and insurgents are operating

Cigiya Citad Kano

Cigiya Citad Kano

The statement further explain
developing a full characterisation of insurgents use of social media and track down their conversations using the identified markers and also need for internationally accepted standards, protocols for monitoring suspected insurgents
In doing these, government should not indiscriminately monitor citizens to trample and desecrate their right to digital privacy.

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People Don’t Get Over Their Problems By Running Away From Them. – Says Elempe Dele.

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Elempe Dele, Edo.
People Don't Get Over Their Problems By Running Away From Them. - Says Elempe Dele.
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People Don’t Get Over Their Problems By Running Away From Them. – Says Elempe Dele.

“To be careful about rhetorics from our leaders and even us concerning a looming civil war and or this country tilting towards a completely failed state is yet the best thing any patriot should do in an ideal situation.

However, the indices, statistics, and reality on ground must be looked at keenly so that we don’t try to wish away facts as if in them the truth of the sorry state we are will go away magically.

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People don’t get over their problems by running away from them, they face them squarely. In a country were over 100 people, including security operatives are either killed or Kidnapped on weekly basis cannot be said not to be at the verge of a civil strife of sort. In a country where each nationality is hoisting their flags and printing their own currencies in serious Secession bids cannot be said to be in a state of peace.

Elempe Dele, Edo.

Elempe Dele, Edo.

In a country where a quasi-state like Boko Haram and Bandits hold large swarth of the country as their caliphates, collecting taxes and recruiting the willing and unwilling, cannot be said to be tranquil.

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The misbegotten call those who tell it the way it is names of their own inventions, but they are those who live in lies and denials so we don’t really factor them into our candid national discussions. They are mostly small sects of blackmailers and gaslighted propagandists.

There is a simple curative lore to our problem; Buhari, who is totally absent, should resign from office with immediate effect and alacrity. He should handover to Prof. Osinbajo and let there be a convocation of a national conference to negotiate out our union.

The contraption does not seem to be working – since 1960, and it got worsened under General Buhari due to his nepotistic, tribalistic and religious tendencies. And on this basis, no united NIGERIA can be sort under him.

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Coupled with his ineptitude, clannishness, incompetence, ailment, absenteeism, he is not fit for the job, which he has never been fit for.

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Nigeria is not a small sect of people where you oversee as a mujahedeen. NIGERIA is a vast multi-ethnic nationalities with different cultures, different religious and different resources. The people are generally rebelling against Buhari’s unforced failures.”

 

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Who Can Give Me Cooking Gas; Okay, Who Will?

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Who Can Give Me Cooking Gas; Okay, Who Will?

 

A sustainable energy security in Nigeria will require a deliberate effort by government to deal. It will require a leadership that keeps the citizenry at the heart of all policy framings and execution. God has, on His part, allowed the fortunes of nature to be prodigiously generous to us as a nation.

For instance, with a massive 187 trillion cubit feet of proven gas deposit, the nation stands as a prominent member of states endowed with abundant natural gas. We therefore have no business depleting our forests in search of firewoods and charcoal. Our gas-fired power stations equally have no business shutting down due to unavailability of gas.

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If gas is made available for domestic use, a lot of stress and dangers encountered in most rural homes would have been removed. Homes merely need to light their cookers whenever it’s time to prepare a meal. The day our nation succeeds in demystifying the secrets around gas – and in this case, gas for domestic uses, the world will stand still for us. As a matter of fact, we ought to start seeing at our enormous gas deposit as a national resource upon which solutions to many of our problems rests. This clearly is a matter of urgency.

Of course, it is not all gloom for the Nigerian liquefied natural gas. Mr President is doing a magnificent lot in trying to earn big dollars from gas. Although some consider it as an elitist project because some believe that the focus is not on our kitchens but on the other nations. It is difficult to disagree with mouthers of this concern given the challenges Nigerians perennially face accessing and enjoying what is theirs. But whether the philosophy of the project is elitist or populist, that our Country is pulling this off at this time is big news (reader may Google “Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano AKK” for more on this). And, frankly, this project is massive and cheering to the heart. It is a legacy project that a younger, vibrant and boundlessly ambitious successor should warm up to.

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Many believe that the Executive Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has eyes for youthful, resourceful and useful associates in governance that is indicative of what Nigerians are looking forward to. The attractions he holds for smart people offers a rich prospect for a well managed Nigerian energy mix. It is up to his admirers across the Country and around the world to stand strong and ensure he attains the golden fleece. They must resist the inducements peddled by corrupt billionaire agents of the power grabbing elites.

I ghọtara that kain thing, my brethren?

Oshaloto Tade Joseph

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