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NIGERIANS, IT IS TIME TO WAKE UP BY DARE BABARINSA

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NIGERIANS, IT IS TIME TO WAKE UP BY DARE BABARINSA

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NIGERIANS, IT IS TIME TO WAKE UP BY DARE BABARINSA

NIGERIANS, IT IS TIME TO WAKE UP BY DARE BABARINSA

The truth is that Gambia, were it to be a part of Nigeria, would be one of the smallest states in the federation. With a population of only 1,800,000, it is not more than 10 per cent of Lagos State with a population of almost 20 million.

Every state in Nigeria, with the exception of Bayelsa with a population of 1.7 million, is more populous than The Gambia. Nasarawa, which is next, has a population of 1.86 million. Ekiti State has 2.38 million.

Yet, Gambia is an independent country, with a standing army, a working public service, a national university, television, radio and all the paraphernalia of a modern state. Even the president has a presidential jet!

Unlike the governors of Nigeria, the president of Gambia does not expect any manna to come monthly from Abuja. For him, there is no oil windfall.

His country is entirely surrounded by Senegal except the narrow opening to the Atlantic where the Gambia River empties into the sea. The country is entirely dependent on its groundnuts, its fisheries and its considerable tourist industry, thanks to Alex Haley, the author of the phenomenal book, Roots.

That book traces the genealogy of the author, an American descendant of African slaves, to The Gambia among the Madinkas where a young warrior, Kunta Kinte, was captured and sold into slavery across the Atlantic. Kinte became the ancestor of Alex Haley.

In many Nigerian states, apart from the punishing drive to raise taxes, there are very few initiatives to turn the economy around. In many of our towns and villages, you see the youth gathered at the market square peddling the vocation of idleness. Some of them have motorcycles which they use in the perennial and thankless okada trade.

Most of the youth would be waiting for the next train of politicians seeking one elective office or the other. Many of them, including the fortunate ones riding okada, are waiting for the next riot to happen. A state is in a sorry state where the youths have no hope.

The state governors are in a position to rekindle hope. In economic terms, you can only take two things to the market: goods and services. Many of the youths have no skill to produce goods and no training to render service.

We need to create institutions and avenues for our youths to acquire skill they can market. During the Second Republic, most political rallies were attended by youth and cadres wearing printed cotton materials produced in our textile factories in Ikeja or Kano. Today most of the T-shirts used at rallies are produced from China.

We are behind in almost every area. There is no formal institution in many states for the training of plumbers, tailors, electricians and carpenters.

It is time our governors try to recapture the magic of the past. During the First Republic, the federating regions were regarded as the center for development.

It was the Premier, not the Prime-Minister, who was the focus of the people. The regions also conducted their own foreign policies, sometimes at variance with the Federal Government. For example, the Western Region had a relationship with the government of Israel.


The Federal Government did not recognize Israel. The Western Region had a full liaison office in London with the Agent-General as its representative.

The Nigerian House in London today used to belong to the Western Region. Times have changed and the state governors have become mostly now crying babies unwilling and mostly unprepared for the challenges at hand.

They need use the new opportunities created by the current economic challenges to become more creative and more assertive.

It is convenient for our governors to look up to President Muhammadu Buhari and blame him for their lack of resources. At this critical time, many of them have been missing in action.

Many of them are presiding over states that are bigger than many African countries. They may have their constraints. But they are elected to solve problems and change the lives of our people for the better.

That is what President Barrow of The Gambia has promised to do. For him, there is no Abuja to blame, no Buhari to complain about. They should follow his example.

Dare Babarinsa, is the Chairman/Editor-In-Chief at Gaskia Media Ltd, Lagos, Nigeria.

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