Nigeria is a country described as ‘difficult’ by many. This has been attributed largely to the deficit in infrastructure amongst other things. This greatly impacts every industry in the economy as it trickles down into homes and the individual lives of its citizenry.
An example of how this deficit impacts citizens is the stress experienced during commute. The transit situation is in chaos to say the least and although there have been current attempts to improve the situation, the prerequisite upheaval to usher in a new transit era is rigorous and therefore seeing light at the end of the tunnel is quite a strain.
Also, the standard of living is low – there is such a pull-on resource such that most of the time, it is difficult to spend money on stocking up the house with food like one would ordinarily have liked to. By the way, this is unfortunately greatly underemphasized for a larger part of the population.
It is very laborious to get a job. So, first, we have a population of over 186 million people and a workforce population of over 73 million people and an unemployment rate of ?. (NBS 2017) Thus, the competition in the job market is ‘severe’. There just aren’t enough jobs due to the infrastructure monster!
It’s difficult to do business. Improvements have been made in the legal arena, but there is still that infrastructural deficit staring us in the face … eh … more like kicking us in the groin. This is the same story for large corporations, SME’s and a lot of subsistence businesses too small to even feature ‘on’ the informal sector. If we had adequate infrastructure, I dare say that there would be more businesses engaged in much more than survival and more about hiring the right people to move the organisation forward. (The current minister of works is working hard to fix the major power infrastructure deficit.)
Now! Enough of what we don’t have and unto what we do have.
We have a brimming youth – resilient, hardworking, creative, ‘gingered’, smart, and full of ideas! We have young people who are desperate to forge ahead in life, take opportunities and in the very least – make a living for themselves. These ones – desire an education, but for the insufficient educational infrastructure! (We just can’t seem to stop talking about what we don’t have!)
Okay. Solution time.
Like we see in green lettering, there are snippets of hope. But here is one thing we can do more.
Online Online Online! Let’s encourage online education. Now, I am not suggesting that our universities take the B.Scs. online now. As a student, that could equally cost a fortune and as we probably can sense by now, the other topic for this article could be “Not Enough”. Here is the situation I’m looking at…
Ring a bell?
I am talking free online courses.
I for one use www.alison.com and there are many others. I know our youth would be excited about this and would practically jump at it just as I was when this was introduced to me as well by a mentor.
So what do we need – Infrastructure!
We need laptops, power, free Wi-Fi and a place where people would be comfortable and secure to go online and take some diplomas and soft skill courses. It could be an open space, perhaps a recreation park. However, we surely need a disciplined approach to this and this calls for a conversation to be started whilst engaging all stakeholders.
I am positive that the government and several organisations and individuals would be excited to discuss, drive and provide the infrastructure. However, I am particularly excited about my Nigerian youth and the positive impact on Nigeria as a whole…]
To be continued…