10. The Nigerian Population; A Growing ‘Hydra’ With Potentials, Worthy Of Note. Part II Of Part II

Continued from Part I of Part II

….In addition, there is a scramble for the limited resource which is available, social welfare responsibility would simply be overwhelming on any incumbent government. Simple waste management can be an odious task. There is an undue pressure on the ecosystem, because of large clusters of citizens in the few developed city areas. The list of disadvantages as well as illustrating real life examples within the domain of our country is endless.  

Within the Nigerian space, our attitude seems very oblivious of the threat of our currently unmanaged large number to our present wellbeing and the future of our generation. We are often enmeshed in needless debates of no real productive consequence such as: Mr. A, from ‘tribe’ B is occupying position C in a state D where the person is not an ‘indigene’. Amazingly, such topics usually occupy the Nigerian polity for months, distracting everyone from realistically addressing cogent and serious issues.  Another reality worthy of note is that with each passing day of our folly at distraction, our population adds an additional to the number: 190.9 million which is presumed to be the estimate figure at the time of this write-up. The very disturbing side of this equation is that the daily increase in the national population of Nigeria is not waiting on our decision to rise to responsibility; nor on the hope that one day, a Heaven sent messiah would appear, wave a magic wand, and all will be well. It is a steady and sure recurrent swell in number with each new day in our country Nigeria and we seriously need to consciously and collectively act to contain it. Our inability to manage this current figure, definitely means that we cannot manage anything larger successfully.

 The current objections, which may border on religious, customary, or personal sentiments, will not change the currently unpleasant scenario, or the eventual worse to come.

There aren’t enough schools, enough roads, enough hospitals, and enough hostel accommodations in our schools, ‘Cities are opening up at a much faster pace than the Government is able to execute the planned layout. This often creates a very chaotic challenge on the long run between land owners and the Government in such city settlements. The list of issues arising from poor management of our humongous population goes on and on. These issues find relevance in our neglect and lack of planning. If not for the negligent habit of excessive importation, one day some day, there might not be enough food to go round in our dearly beloved country Nigeria!!! This is an embarrassment of magnanimous proportions for a Country that was once the pride of Africa. ‘Arise O Compatriots…!’

Moving forward to a conclusion, perhaps it may be easier now, for any reader to appreciate the fact that our population can be likened to the monster hydra mentioned in the beginning which needs to be contained in order to harness the enormous positive side of its potential. We just can’t kill it. It must be dealt with, and the sooner we all wake up to that realization, the better for our present, and future.

Our Government policies and actions can learn from nations mentioned above who have been able to manage their population to the advantage of productive development. As Citizens, we should enlighten ourselves thoroughly on the subject matter to understand that such policies and actions are in the best interest of the country Nigeria and not any attempt of nefarious intent by anyone. In addition, we should all appreciate that the mental profile required to deal with this issue should be devoid of any Religious, Tribal, political, or regional bias.

This is one issue that needs careful and timely handling if we (on behalf of our generations to come), must continue our journey to the land of our Dream Nigeria. With hindsight, we may now understand the guiding reasons sighted in episode 5: (‘Giving a face to our ….’)behind the definition of the demarcation that defines the boundaries of our beloved country Nigeria by the Great British Empire. Another food for thought.

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