25 May New Government: 5 Social Changes we should expect
Now that the March Elections have been conducted and the results collated, all that is left is for our President-Elect to be sworn in and so begins a new Government in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. With this new government comes great expectation from the Nigerian people. The question now is will this government live up to the expectations? With this post I will list just five of what I believe to be the most relevant expectations of this new government.
- Vast Improvement of the economy.
The current state of Nigeria’s economy is definitely nothing to be proud of, yet in schools all over the nation students are told that Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa. I don’t doubt that this was the truth at some point in time in the past, but with the reign of the outgoing government the economy has seen a drastic decline from what we can call “the good days”. With the coming of the new government we can expect a gradual improvement and in the process the increase in the value of the naira.
- Stable Supply of Power.
In some places in Nigeria the main problem with electricity for some people can be that PHCN shuts down power in the middle of a soccer game and while in some other places there has been no electricity light for 3 months straight. Obviously this problem varies depending on the various areas and locations, but should this really be so? A nation such as Nigeria, with a huge reserve of natural resources, well established multinational corporations and millions of taxpaying citizens should be able to have steady supply of electricity if not constant supply. This is one of the things we expect the new government to work on. As a member of the soon to be ruling party and current Governor of Lagos state, SAN Babatunde Raji Fashola, stated in an interview; “Establishing stable power supply in Nigeria is not rocket science” Now let’s just hope the problem does not prove otherwise.
- Provision of Free and improved education
Illiteracy is a major problem in Nigeria right now. With millions of kids around the nation failing to go to school either because they cannot afford it or there are not enough schools in their areas. This is a problem Buhari himself promised to tackle during his election campaign and as a, man of integrity we can expect him to stick to his word. He promised to provide free education in Nigeria and before the end of his term we hope we can expect an improvement in the QUALITY and distribution of education in our country Nigeria.
- Eradicating unemployment
Unemployment is a major issue that most under developed countries face, but if you are not aware, Nigeria is a DEVELOPING country, so this is not a problem we should be facing right now. With the new government we should expect an increase in the amount of available jobs for both skilled and unskilled workers. This would be easy if the new government fixes the problems stated above. If the economy improves and there is stable supply of electricity and improvement in the quality of education, Nigeria will become a more attractive location for foreign investors to conduct business thereby creating more jobs in the process.
- Affordable and Reliable Internet Connection.
Now this might seem like such a minuscule problem in a country which has fuel scarcity and Boko Haram threats but I believe this is something that the incoming government need to work on. Now let’s be honest; without internet access, the world could quite possibly come to a halt. That may seem like a bit of an exaggeration, but without reliable internet access most businesses in the country cannot function to maximum effectiveness. This means that the country as a whole will not be able to achieve maximum productivity. Also, it means I might not be able to make a Skype call to my girlfriend in the UK, but then again this is not about me is it? Everyone in Nigeria needs fast, reliable and affordable internet connection; if this is provided the country will be better off. Projects have already started in cities like Lagos, where the government has provided free Wifi hotspots around some public areas. I hope this will continue when the President-Elect comes in.
A wise man once said; “If wishes were horses, beggars would ride”.