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Thursday, June 01, 2006

The price of Ignorance 

No one truly understands the price we pay for ignorance.
The condition of being uneducated, unaware, or uninformed

The government spends billions on NEPA or whatever its called now and the power situation has still not improved, (in fact its actually worse than it was 10 years ago). What happened to all the money?
Just like the telecommunication sector (where ex NiTel employees now successfully run Private Telcos after destroying NiTel) , the power situation will never improve in Nigeria until private power companies start operating. (i.e Private power companies run by ex NEPA officials...).
The selfish gene is truly alive in naija

The government introduces a discriminatory sex law, the whole debate is hijacked by people who obviously are so scared of their own sexuality but choose to hide behind their so called religious beliefs. The words of Martin Niemöller comes to mind;
'First they came for the Communists, and I didn't speak up,
because I wasn't a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up,
because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up,
because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left
to speak up for me.'

It's a slippery slope when government starts regulating morality…

The Lagos state government builds a solar power station (as part of a pilot scheme) for the residents of Bishop Kodji Island.
According to the The Punch Newspaper "Our correspondent who visited the village last Thursday said that the solar panel had been switched off by officials in charge of the project as a result of which the villagers could not enjoy electricity.
It was gathered that the solar panel was switched off because some of the villagers tried to connect electricity from the panel to their homes illegally. This, it was learnt, caused the panel to trip off and the village thrown into darkness.

The Ogun state government repairs a water pumping station that has been out of action for decades, a few weeks later the station is vandalised. The government repairs it and a few weeks later it is vandalised again, this time it can't be repaired.
The people have no water but the owners of water tankers are happy..

Millions of Nigerians are struggling to survive but if you attended an owambe party where people 'spray' dollars or opened a copy of Ovation and saw headlines like 'Chris Uba Hosts The Mother Of All Parties' , You might be forgiven for thinking that everything is well in Nigeria and it is truly the happiest place on earth. (talk about an anomaly - Nigeria tops happiness survey and yet life expectancy is 47, strange indeed...)

Quote: "Power in the hands of an ignorant man, is like a rocket launcher in the custody of a terrorist." - Reuben Abati

posted by ijebuman  # 6:21 pm
Selfishness + ignorance - what a dangerous combination - surely it cant be that bad?
I thought resolving the NEPA situation was on Obasanjos Campaign Manifesto?
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