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Why Is Nigeria So Difficult To Develop?

I keep wondering why it is so difficult for the Nigerian government to ensure development.

Development is actually very easy, especially in countries with an enormouse financial ability like Nigeria.

It is a matter of ensuring an effective utilisation of our Basic factor endowments , to stimulate the creation of some advanced factor endowments.

It just as simple as stabilising the Nigerian Macro environment, to make the Micro-environment efficient.

Imagine electricity supply. A basic infrastructure that is meant to be non-negotiable, in terms of provision. Tens of billions of dollars has been poured into it's rehabilitation, yet it remains dyfunctional. How come other countries have constant electric power supply, even when they are not as rich as Nigeria.

What about Security? Why can't our police be enviable? What is so difficult in providing adequate police equipments and adequate training. Why can't they be paid well?

The most painful one is the construction of roads. Why can't the government bring out money and construct very good and regulated roads. Since Nigerians don't mind paying toll fees, why can't they embark on a govt-private sectore initiative to solve the problem?

I don't understand what is making our government officials so anti-developmental. Even the ones that claim to be good get carried away when they get into power. It is a big problem that needs to be solved.

After all said and done, I am increasingly growing worried about the dishearteneing trend. [i][/i]

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Nigeria is not had to develop, but our leaders are hard to change

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Be the change you want to see. If you want to see nigeria develop, then strive to achieve world class status in your own sphere. That gives you power to make changes in that particular area. We all moan but we never do anything.

The next generation will still get to experience this if we are not careful.

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Naija is not difficult to develop.

what we need is also GHANA SAGA.

Blast all our leaders and new Nigeria will surface!

Well, lets keep praying for God intervention!

All I can say is that God is ruling in the affairs

of this Nation.

Can u still remember Abacha's case!

Hmmmmmmm!

Nigeria is easy to develop, just a matter of time.

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are u waiting for nigeria to develop? the problem with nigeria is not that it is underdeveloped, cos it isnt. naija's prob is than it is non developing-refuses to develop.it is d only country in the world in that category. u better start 'developing' yr own pocket so that u can enjoy life in naija, cos the only person who wil take care of u in dis country is u. no wellfare.check me out on

www.bigmouthmediaa.blogspot.com

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BAD LEADERSHIP, then they steal the money that is meant for development.  Everyone just steals money, and there is no accountability for anything.  So it really does not matter what contracts are awarded for roads, infrastructure, the money is stolen, and nothing happens.  How many contracts have been awarded for the Benin Ore road, and what is the present condition of the road?

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the idiots or wait for it to be done for you? violence only begets more violence, not peace. wars ongoing around the world lay credence to that assertion. lets work together and use thid forum as a means for positiveness, a feat that can only be achieved by working together, regardless of our individual differences. we should never allow ourselves to sink to the level of the leaders that we accuse. one nigeria !

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@JoeGaruba:

My brother don't mind them. They are few rascals that appear from nowhere to preach about how the people are responsible for the anti-developmental actions of the Nigerian politicians. You were very right to use Adedibu and Alao akala as examples. When people take up knives to fight the thugs, what will the result be? Anarchy! and it will signal the beginning of a revolution.

Those people in this forum are currupt agents of the Nigerian currupt politicians. You can imagine how some idiots have sold their birthrights for a hot pot of porridge given to them to fight reasonable actions from enlightened Nigerians. The question is,  which people are they fighting? One day, Nigerians will take out all idiots like them from the face of the earth.

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When Adedibu was selecting politicians in Oyo state and South West for the PDP, how do you expect you and I without weapons, charms and police

backing to stand up to them?

Its like a father asking a two year old child, "what have you done for me lately ?" Its sick if you could think that we have to just say everyone should do

his part and that would be all. You cant build something on nothing and expect it to stand! its that simple,

As long as people like some of the posters here feel the citizens will bail themselves out and in the same stride the nation, we will never move on.

God bless Nigeria

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Nigeria is not difficult to develop,it's our leaders that find it difficult to develop themselves

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Please delegate some of that blame to the people, yes, the corrupt people who continue to ALLOW IT. These CORRUPT leaders came from a group consisting of CORRUPT people as well.

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ITS NOT THAT NIGERIA ARE SO DIFFICULT TO DEVELOP, BUT CORRUPT LEADERS WILL NOT ALLOW IT BUT THEY WILL PREFER TO EMBEZZLE THE MONEY AND USE IT FOR THEIR OWN PERSONALL EXPENSE. IF NOT FOR GOV FASOLA, I DONT KNOW THAT IN 2 YEARS LAGOS CAN HAVE AN AVERAGE GOOD ROAD WHICH HAS REALLY EASE HOLD UPS. THAT IS WHAT WE ARE SAYING, IT TAKES LEADERS WHO LOVES THEMSELVES TO THINK OF OTHERS, BC IF YOU DONT LOVE URSELF, U CANT THINK OF ANY GOOD THING FOR OTHERS. IF WE WANT IT, IT IS EASY BC WE HAVE THE MANPOWER, FINANCIAL POWER AND THE PHYSICAL POWER. IT TAKES COMMITMENT, SINCERITY, INTERGRITY AND FEAR OF GOD. BUT ONE THING I KNOW IS THAT ONE DAY NAIJA WILL CHANGE FOR BETTER, WHERE WE WILL BE PROUD TO CALL OUR OWN LAND. WE CAN MAKE THAT CHANGE INDIVIDUALLY

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All these artificial disasters wont stop unless there is an initiative to spread revolution. Corruption and robbery has eaten deeeeeep inside most leaders in corridors of power. its a big shame. How can a rich (money looter) man be happy to be driving (cos they cant walk with their God-given legs) in most communicties where there are other vital (suffering)Nigerians. think of it - like d adage :a one-eyed king in a land of the blind is also a blind man. Its a shame.

How can i naturally be happy and alive when i can see that the environment i call my God-given community is in chaos?

Look at NEPA, in 2009, power still goess off in naija. Can you try to make a GSM Call (Say MTN) and the phone wont connect cos the base-station does not have power? How will the Telecoms make huge amount of money if there was always shortage of power. In every home, there must be constant need for power to be in use at least for your fridge. yet NEPA wont bring the power for the government to make everyscond profit. Its a shame. real big shame. I dont have regard for any influential man cos they have all failed me since i was a kid and they still succeed in showing me that it must have been a mistake coming down this lane. It is well, Dont forget, the revolution thingy will surely work. U knw we are very sensitve to adjustment especially when a scapegoat is made out of some.

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^^That is some people's idea of development and betrays the kind of mindset they would have if they get into the corridors of power.

To such people development is all about erecting architectural structures.

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Is painting Abuja beautiful colors( new roads, highrise, western structures, how much in stocks you can purchase etc) really your definition of national development? Is development measured in terms of cans of paint used or number of people whose lives where directly positively affected?

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Who says Nigeria is difficult to develop? How long did it take the govt to develop Abuja. Dont mind them jeree. Those at the corridor of power are too greedy and wicked.

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^ Did you read what the Secretary of state(U S govt) said about what the Nigerian govt was doing to her people in a lecture she gave recently ? And not for the first time if i might add.

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I am getting on this thread a bit late since there are pages and pages of flame posts but let me put in my two kobo worth.

I believe nigeria can advance if we all concentrate on improving our selves first. I am a computer programmer and IT Professional. If I were to move to the tip of my field, Nigeria will be better for it and I will be better for it. If I were to write software that makes the rest of the world salivate, CNN will report it as "Nigerian develops new ___________, wins ACM prize" or some other title (clearly I am not born to be a journalist)

As the late michael jackson says (I'll really miss that guy) If you wanna make the world a better place, start with yourself

Enough said

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Eradication of illiteracy would facilitate national development.beause it will fasting economic developmet!."nija oni baje oooo!".

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a good topic for this discussion is "why is it so difficult to get a contract in nigeria?"

from what have read so far, it seems to me that @topic mission was rejected at some point or level. another me me me nigerian trying to do business without paying any mind to the platform or looking at the real obstacles. our business platform, just like many other things in nigeria needs to be redefined. and this can not be done unless we are ready to contribute something. leadership roles must be revised. a country with apathetic leaders will forever be an undeveloped country. let us forget business or just making money or our personal dream, let us all be more realistic and face the real problems in Nigeria (leadership). instead of only addressing the defective fruits that are being produced by the tree, let us address the ground or type of soil the tree was planted on, 49 yrs ago.

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Exactly!!! Advocating that government, rather than dealing with issues that directly affect the people's development, focus more on favouring businesses, which just so happens to be about the only thing our government has done a lot of for decades, is absurd!

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You should read carefully other posts before coming here to post. The above points were made by Depilot when he carefully stated the requirements for development and not by the OP justcash who was just  harping on about the FGN giving favour to local contractors which I said is a totally irrelevant issue to bring up if we are talking about real development.

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I would have loved to post a response to you but since I  noticed you have shown yourself another Nairaland agbero who resorts to ATTACKING individuals for having a different view, I will choose instead to skip responding to you completely now. When you grow up, let me know!

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Yes business organisations need a source of energy in order to produce goods and services. Energy itself is also a good ,and so for it to be produced there needs to be appropriate investment in energy generation, transmission and distribution systems. The question is who pays for all these? The business customer or the FGN?

At the end of the day there is no free lunch, so it is appropriate that each private business bears the full cost of its energy needs.

I would never ever support a system whereby the FGN uses its scarce resources($20billion per year) to prop up private businesses or give favour to indigenous contractors That would be pure nonsense.

There should be a level playing field for all businesses.

Moreover, it is the role of entrepreneurs to come up with efficient, cost-effective ways of generating energy.

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The Kobojunkie dude was ranting rubbish. He interpreted my statement that Nigerian Leaders are "Anti-developmental" as that I was saying that they are "Clueless".

When leaders have a clue of what to do, but decide to do the opposite, what does it mean? The guy even went ahead to proclaim that the average Nigerians that are struggling to make it in business are way less smarter than the Politicans that decieved the electorates to find their way to power to steal money.

No one thinks that they are not educated. They are simply not right for the political posts that they are holding. The next question that will come to me  is what am I doing to take them out of their posts. The answer is what can I do when it is people like Kobojunkie and his pessimists (that has helplessly accepted the political status quo) that are surpposed to back me up. Except I decide to go into the streets and eliminate people like Kobojunkie and co, nothing much will be done. I have seen the height of Pessmissm in that Kobojunkie dude and his apostles. With time We will know their true identities.

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That's how young graduates think. How leaders are not educated enough so they don't know how to develop this country. The same leaders will build state of the art modern personal buildings, the former VP has an American standard private university (he was still clueless), Odili built a world class private hospital in SA (still clueless).

Please help me to enlighten these our people.

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I don’t even have enough space or time to QUOTE or RE-QUOTE some very sensible comments here by just a couple of individuals. What amazes me is the fact that WE have a lot of brilliant intellectuals functioning well outside Nigeria in foreign lands as contributors to the DEVELOPMENT of these So-Called Western World Countries in the Financial, Medical and Educational sectors but there is something that happens once they get back home that prevents them from implementing the same ideas and I think I know what it is, ACCOUNTABILITY

Look up the word and read up on the factors of Accountability and how it affects everything that’s wrong with Nigeria

All the Theories and Practical ideas in the World will not work until the LAW of the land is well structured and enforced. Nigeria's biggest problem is the fact that no one is held accountable thus the Chaos in Government and in the Private Sector. The Judicial arm of the government has to be very effective otherwise NOTHING else works and for the most part there is no law or it is not enforced.

There is a Yoruba proverb that translates in to English as "A Child that normally sleeps on the floor if put on a mat will roll back on the floor in the middle of the night" My Point? A lot of people that were born into this corrupt and non-functioning society do not even see anything wrong with the country and will point out the fact that FASHOLA bought 2 helicopters as DEVELOPMENT, Are you kidding me?

Sometimes you have to step back to see the big picture. Think about the resources we have available then and look at our country’s roads, schools, hospitals and even basic amenities for the masses and then ask “Why is it not working?” ACCOUNTABILITY!

Everyone should do their little part to hold themselves accountable to doing the right thing and before you know it everything else falls in place.

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Good one @Ladej

I am not an economist but that was a good one there. The lack of understanding of the difference between the two is one big reason why we continue to confuse  the our bigger bank accounts, construction of more high rise buildings, new ships, helicopters, newly painted houses with signs of development in Nigeria when the numbers continue to tell us each and every year that even with recorded growth, more and more people continue to fall below the poverty line.

If you have 5% growth in GDP but increase in poverty rate, increase in unemployment, increase in illierary rate, can one still claim developing? I believe it is quite clear that

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and u still make no sense. . . .

anytime someone looses an argument they resort to meaningless statements to obfuscate their lack of a sensible argument. . .

what u just stated above is akin to saying. . .i want to fly. . .whilst not having any wings

so u still scream let me fly. . .and insist that flying and having wings are different. . .

whearas the truth is that for u to fly u must have wings and a strong engine. . else how do u achieve escape velocity to propel u higher?

same thing with growth. . . u cant come shouting development,without having a strong growth engine first. .

else how do u propel u and your citizens to a higher level of standard of living?

u can try that double speak with other people. . but not with me. . . .

this is 2010. . .even if u dont have an advanced degree in economics

u can at least read up on how a modern economy works. . . .

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do make sense. hope this helps,

Economic Growth is a narrower concept than economic development.It is an increase in a country's real level of national output which can be caused by an increase in the quality of resources (by education, health etc.), increase in the quantity of resources & improvements in technology or in another way an increase in the value of goods and services produced by every sector of the economy.Economic Growth can be measured by an increase in a country's GDP, while,

Economic development is a normative concept i.e. it applies in the context of people's sense of morality (right and wrong, good and bad). The definition of economic development given by Michael Todaro is an increase in living standards, improvement in self-esteem needs and freedom from oppression as well as a greater choice.The most accurate method of measuring development is the[b] Human Development Index [/b]which takes into account the literacy rates & life expectancy which affect productivity and could lead to Economic Growth. It also leads to the creation of more opportunities in the sectors of education, healthcare, employment and the conservation of the environment.It implies an increase in the per capita income of every citizen.

to buttress my point,

Development alleviates people from low standards of living into proper employment with suitable shelter.

Economic Growth does not take into account the depletion of natural resources which might lead to pollution, congestion & disease.[gas flaring in niger delta for example and total degradation of its environs]

Development however is concerned with sustainability which means meeting the needs of the present without compromising future needs.

one last one,

development- Brings both qualitative and quantitative changes in the economy [aged population ,low infant mortality rate]

growth- Brings quantitative changes in the economy[i.e. huge foreign reserves of 30 billion dollars but still widespread suffering]

i do hope this brought more clarity to the subject matter.

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i just read what the ladejs dude posted. . .and it makes no sense whatsoever. .lol

he makes random statements with nothing to back it up. . .

again u leave this discussion at a dead end if u are unable to provide a concrete example of what u mean. . .

so i can rebut it line by line . . .

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How do you make development in a society? especially a bent one like

nigeria with a lot of selfish, impeteous and disorientated minds both in

the place of leadership and others. when and how would development begin?

when all we think about is dominion, development would be veiled.

our mindset needs a drastic change before development and growth could be percieved.

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the responsibilities of govt is and should be. . .defense,law and order and making and enforcing laws. . .thats it

if govt got out of our way in nigeria,in terms of involvement in power,involvement in nnpc and petrol importation,silly tarriffs and regulations,policy somersaults and so on

we would grow at 12-15% per annumm for 10yrs. . .and cut poverty by almost 80%. . .after 10yrs

its real easy. . .its a shame u cant see it

the only welfare i received is living with my moms for free back home in naija. . .last i checked thats private business

again dont get me wrong. . .u can expand welfare during a recession,but it must be temporary. . .say 1yr

and once the recession is over it should be phased out completely

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Again, GROWTH is NOT, I repeat NOT to be confused with Development. Can you see it even in your own examples??

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i dont know what u mean by lay down the basics. . but america has always been from its founding a private sector driven nation

D.C for the most part has been irrelevant to americas bankers and businessmen. .

why do u think the dow jones is in new york and not d.c?

or the commodities exchange in chicago?

most ppl will tell u that americas laws were written to protect private property and nothing more. .

with strong property rights u can now buy and sell. . trade becomes king.  .even the so called boston tea party was based on an opposition to higher taxes

again. . .less govt has always been cherished. .

as for increase in productivity being the only way to lift people out of poverty,i dont want to go into long theories of macro-economics

dont wanna chase everyone out of this thread. . .

however i will give u a simple example of a poor farmer anywhere in the world,lets say northern nigeria. . .

if he can increase his productivity by say 50% every yr. . .then in 5yrs compounded he would have astronomically improved his purchasing power and personal gdp per capita. .

how does he do this?.  .by learning better farming techniques. . improved skills,high grade seeds,better access to loans and so on. . .

crop yields improve. . .he can export or sell more. . .he makes more money. . .

thats what productivity does for u. . it helps u squeeze out more with less. . .

thats how the U.S became rich. . .

and this by the way can be replicated in every sector of the economy,from housing,to manufacturing to services

again if u ever get a chance to listen to ben bernanke testify.  .listen to him when he talks about what an increase in productivity does for an economy and its people

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Like I said, it is obvious you have your own TWIST there on what most right leaning individuals think of government and its place. Independents and right leaning people do not advocate for no government at all. Most want reduced government, as in government having less control over the lives of people ( freedom essentially), focused more on [b]helping develop people and country.

I am gonna guess you have NEVER really experienced welfare  or any of the government programs first hand to know much of the other side, have you?

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maybe u shouldnt give up so much to the govt in the first place.  .maybe govt should cut the top income tax rate to 15%.  .and let the private sector/citizens(the original owners of the capital by the way),spend the money how they deem fit. . .

again most right leaning people and independents will never argue what u argue here.  . .most will tell the govt to cut down its size and give the money back to the citizens in form of tax cuts. . .thats why i called u left leaning in the first place. . no offense intended

as for welfare. . .i believe it leads to an overburden of the state. .its a misplacement of resources

because u take that money from corporations that pay taxes and give it to non tax paying citizens

everyone looses.  .even the govt. .

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In the case of Nigeria however, the private sector has long been in the picture but the base development work never really done and so the reason why we continue to experience growth but little to no development in most every sector. Look closely at the figures for goodness sake. We have been doing this for decades now and the report card has been in for a while now.

Consider @Ladejs posting for an idea of what development actually is. Most serious economists actually understand that growth does not spell development in any way. If you look at reviews on china which consider the big picture, you would understand why china’s growth has yet to propel it off of the developing countries list even as it now runs with the big economic powers.

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economic growth and increase in productivity is the only way to lift people out of poverty. . .

thats how its been done for the past 200yrs. . . .

as for development. . .maybe u can define what that means to u. . .

because most serious economists do not go about seperating the two. . .growth and development go hand in hand

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u are obviously left leaning. . thats ok. .

just know that. . the reason the private sector is the only saviour(not just the new one),is that it ensures an efficient allocation of capital

whearas govt spending is almost always misplaced,unproductive and innefficient

look at the markets here.  .u have an idea. . u approach the markets. . those that believe in u invest in it in the form of an IPO. . .

if it thrives like GOOGLE. . u become a millionaire. .and make others too millionaires. .

if it fails like. . tons of dot com era companies. . .(eg mama.com). .u loose and move on to the next idea.  .

no corruption,no man know man. .

if N.N.PC was privatized i can wake up tommorrow and buy into it on the nigerian stock exchange. .

i can vote directors out. . with other shareholders of course and so on. . every nigerian wins. .not just some cabal

i could go on and on.  .look into russia,cuban,north korean,virtually all govt controlled states and why they failed or are failing. . .

govt is usually an impediment to growth and development.  .

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Sigh!!! I don't even know where to start.  I will simply say AGAIN. . . . DEVELOPMENT is one thing, GROWING an economy is ANOTHER!!

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total Govt spending in the U.S is about 22% of GDP. . .majority of the economy is still private sector driven

Most economists will tell u that govt spending crowds out private sector investments

it hurts the economy 2-3yrs out. . especially if the government is borrowing to spend like it is doing in the U.S right now.  . .

even obama touts his stimulus as being majority private sector driven.  .that means most of the contracts awarded are done by the private sector

again govt is just trying to pull the economy out of recession with its spending. . .

its the normal business cycle and its been going on for the last 100yrs

even without the stimulus the economy here would still have pulled itself out. . once interest rates were slashed to 0% by the feds

as for welfare and unemployment benefits. . well thats not development.thats becoming a nanny state.  .

i would not advocate that for nigeria.  .

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@kobojunkie

Well I don't particularly feel that Nigeria needs to go down the USA-style big government route with high taxes and huge deficit spending.

Nigerians as you say are naturally enterprising so perhaps private sector led growth and development would fully unleash that potential.

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You forgot to add that in the same US of A, millions of the infrastructural development projects and projects geared towards actual development of citizens are not RUN by the private sector but by government.

You forgot to add the most of the developmental projects are funded by the government to help DEVELOP and ensure individuals are able to catch up should they need to (welfare, housing, unemployment projects etc programs out there).

You forgot to add that billions in grant money, contracts, and funds go from the government to private sector to help fund research work, product development etc to help ensure employment and education, and development of citizens.

You also forgot to mention that if government were to pull out today, the economy would fall like a ton of bricks. COME ON!!!

Please, can we stop labeling the Private sector as new SAVIOUR of some kind? Not saying the Private sector is EVIL for looking everywhere it can for profit, NO. I believe in making profit but I will be first to admit that any country expecting the private sector to bail it out of its own lack of good government is fooling itself. The recent global economic crisis revealed something huge to the whole world. How can anyone, after all this come in to proclaim the PRIVATE SECTOR the new JESUS of the world?

Any well meaning being will readily admit that the private sector works only as well as the public does. Companies are not going to go out to educate people just because. Why do we like to deal dishonestly when we are dealing with our own selves here?

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U.S economy is actually 70% services. . .so there is nothing wrong with services per-se

nothing wrong with profits in a market economy either

most developed economies only need a tiny bit of manufacturing anyway. . because as productivity increases,there are more people fired in manufacturing because u need fewer and fewer ppl to do more tasks. . esp with the advent of industrial machines. .

the key to development in the 21st century is not to go re-inventing the wheel . .

if other ppl have better technology,buy it from them,and improve your workers productivity. . .

only increase in productivity can led to increase in the quality of life of workers in an economy. .

finally i re-iterate. . govt needs to get out of the way,and let the private sector do its thing. . .

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Services? Is that what development is all about to you? More PROFIT MAKING AND MORE BUSINESS? Aaarrrgghh!!!! I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at this point.

a) The Nigerian government used to assemble cars out in Jos some years back, that STILL did not TRANSLATE into meaningful development

b) Government has been collaborating with private sector for years and that still has yet to yield substantial dividends in the area of development – LOOK AT LAGOS STATE for an example. The Groundwork needs to be DONE before any meaningful development can be seen or reaped.

c) I don’t know how long you have known of Nigeria but I suggest you look to our past to understand your suggestions are NOT NEW – we have tried and tested and found wanting most all of what you have been advocating for to this point

d) Why are we RESISTANT to change? Why do we prefer to BLINDLY continue the old(I know  most do it so they can get THEIR SHARE OF THE PROFITS and the NIGERIAN MARKET ANYWAY) when the new is actually better for all?

Arrrrgghhh!!!!!

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There are millions of Nigerian professionals that are all hoping to offer services  that will boost Nigerias development at the cheapest rate. Curruption, Pessimism and red tapism discourages and chases them away.  Nigerian government prefers to import 1million cars per-month, when there are actually Nigerians that can produce cars that are better than what they import. A Simple collaboration between the private individuals and FGN to construct of a car manufacturing factory and provide constant power to it sounds like a rip-off to Kobojunkie and co. Imagine the madness some Nigerians are exhibiting in this forum. It shows that many Nigerians does not even know what the real problem is.

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@justcash Thanks

as for you who thinks 4000 Naira laptop is a joke, just go round our schools and see how many undergraduates dont even know how to send an email. We'll be in 2010 in a few days. Whether It's a 1mb RAM with hard drive of 10mb, the idea is to give them a practical knowledge of using a PC, ofcourse i wouldn't expect a doofus like you to understand something that simple

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