My sudden decision to bleed over my blackberry came as a result of my responsibility to enlighten local communities as regards our degrading environment situations and the defects it could have on communal development. However, whilst reading in build-up to this writing, I came across news of recent bombings again in
Once more, bitterness takes over and the need to say something seems
inevitable. So, this note would be divided into two hopefully concise parts
because as usual, I prefer not to be a lengthy writer. The first stage would be
of my initial set out theme but the second part- a continuing stream of curses
from my last post on public office holders who stay clueless, docile and
dormant as Nigerians continue to live in fear, doubt and poverty. Kano
Our environmental situation seems to depreciate by the day. From Eti-Osa to Makoko, the rains seem to have chewed on the roads, drainage systems seem to have turned into waste disposal hobs and residents in localities seem to be invisibly comfortable or intentional unaware. There seems to be more pertinent issues in society to be worried about today but nevertheless, our responses to environment and climate change situations is also highly important. Just the other night, I travelled along roads highly plied in Eti-Osa and Yaba Local Governments and I can't exaggerate enough the decay to drainage systems I witnessed; I would rather allow pictures speak. Pardon the visibility, I took the photos at night so as not to draw much attention to myself.
So how do we resolve this? With residents having to create quasi drainages themselves to get into their homes to temporary dumps being made, how do we challenge ourselves and local representatives to be responsible to environment and climate change situations? What strategies can be used to foster and retain communal attention which in the long run would aid local community development? In efforts to be detailed, I would advice via a recommendation Community Conservation and Development Initiatives (CCDI) report I read and agreed with.
1. Local governments consistently need to partner with interested private bodies and enlighten their communities through workshops and seminars about climate change and environmental hazards.
2. Local governments need to also facilitate enlightenment about these issues through the Ministry of Education and have them inculcated as subjects in primary and secondary school curricula.
3. Disaster management parastatals should be decentralized. Local councils should be allowed to build and facilitate community disaster management teams to reduce risk and minimize impacts of heavy rains or floods in communities.
4. With the support of LAWMA, waste management units should also be decentralized. This would make local governments have more communal effective waste management strategies.
5. Budgets that would support environmental preservation and climate change actions must be facilitated and promoted within local councils.
6. Local communities need to be more engaging in the implementation of road and drainage building and inspections. Also, formulation and approval of policies concerning such in Local councils must be rendered more public participatory and open by council representatives so as to support sustainable planning & ensure communal attention and safety.
These recommendations if cultivated and adhered to can help fix our environment, making it more safer, healthier and worthwhile to live in while we go about our daily business. The defects of our nonchalance or intentional negligence can be very costly. If not for us, future generations of which our children would be part of and paying huge prices.
As regards the latter part of this note,
in was hit
by bombings yesterday. The speculated casualty from the incident as of the time
of this write up has claimed lives of one professor and fourteen students. In
controlled rage I ask rhetorically, what involvement (bearing in mind I was in
such similar vicinity years ago) could blowing up universities have to champion
Boko Haram's motive? These insurgents debunk western education stupidly
forgetting their financiers and negotiators all have Master and Phd Degrees and
more hypocritical, from western universities. Has this pseudo cause they fight
for built or even proposed Sharia driven varsities? Yet ignorantly, they go
about blowing up the minuscule ones they opportuned to be blessed with. Are
these sudden sporadic set of bombings supposed to divert Kano 's attention from the
"lootocracy" mode of governance we presently debating about due to
House of Reps report over the fuel subsidy issue? Shame! Nigeria
For how long can we as a majority be kept docile also? Even dictators have a limit to which they would be shoved aside not to talk of a supposed democratic setting. The Federal Executive Council is another pack of parody think-tanks membered by luck earners and ethnic bigots. The National Security Adviser's office has been allocated over N32bn since the beginning of these attacks, our incapacitated General has approved N3.1bn to be spent everyday in securing the lives of Nigeria yet to me, hell seems a lot safer than Nigeria. In hell at least, the precise location you bloody going to get roasted is known, in
location is a damn threatening likelihood. Nigeria
We do not have to wait for posterity to judge these political clowns. We have an enormous advantage in this generation with the power of social media and virtual communities. If you sick and tired of this political disgust, create online communities, sign online petitions, debunk and chastise the injustice you see all around over the internet as much as you can. Cry foul and facilitate it to go viral. Share with formed alliances your ideas to means/manners/procedures with which we can get to start living in a true thorough democracy away from our present suicidal position. Read this and label it Treason, well...am sure millions of other people like me are sick and tired of this incompetence. Any public office official looting our treasury or being Boko Haram cohorts would never die as a result of natural deaths. Their children's union or marriages would birth life long cancer patients and sickle cell carriers. Their household would always be on fire and diseases money can't cure would be a regular visitor. They shall at a point wish they had joy, peace, rest of mind and happiness over the billions they continue to steal. They would never know or celebrate greatness in their household from henceforth. I guess out of anger and frustrations have become a lengthy writer after all. Well, until cocks grow teeth, my curses won't relent on these sects of
gluttonous, insatiable and covetous public representatives. God would soon see
to their evil ways. Nigeria
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