You see I have always argued that Nigeria and Africa on the whole are unable to compete globally. In terms of the future we seem focused on things that take us nowhere. I recently saw in the news that N2.4 billion had been approved to purchase a building for the Hajj Commission. While I am for God, I am starting to believe God is laughing at us. So this building exists essentially to ensure we send our citizens to Saudi Arabia for Hajj…fueling the Saudi economy. After oil, incase you didn’t know, the Hajj is one of the biggest revenue generators for that government- religious tourism. When religious tourism is done out of personal pocket, it is all and well – it should not be a governmental undertaking.
N2.4 billion can ensure out of school children learn basic literacy to be able to function at a basic level. An educated society makes it harder for the likes of Boko haram to recruit en mass, reduces maternal health issues and improves overall societal health and economy.
I saw the video below on World Economic Forum, Lo and behold no African Country made that list.
What steps are you aware of that Nigeria is taking to be globally competitive or produce globally competitive citizens?
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