“The Whole is Greater than the Sum Of its Parts”…Aristotle ”
I have seen all sorts in the market place, every one truly and genuinely trying to carve out a niche for himself. I guess the rationale is that, “if your country can’t help you, you can at least help yourself and your family”. In all fairness, we have tried as individuals in this country, striving against all odds to keep afloat.
These individual efforts have improved the lives of many people. These efforts have produced some thriving enterprises that have even gained international recognition. Still there’s a lot to do because these individual efforts have not translated to national prosperity for this nation.
I see this individual efforts as little lights in the midst of great darkness. What would happen if this little lights come together to become one great light?The possibilities are endless. I am not talking about synergy for the sake of making money, though that is inevitable. I am talking about deliberate synergy for the sake of developing our nation, for until your nation is prosperous, you cannot be truly prosperous.
For me, a prosperous nation is a nation that has enough resources as to be self sufficient. If with all the wealth we have as individuals in this country, we still have to travel abroad to get basic medical care, then we are still very poor because God forbid that there’s a medical emergency that can’t wait, money becomes useless.
So I ask, what does it cost to have good and functional institutions like hospitals and schools?It seems to me at times that we have deliberately crippled these institutions in order to create and run booming industries of wickedness . I have observed that there is no heart in majority of Nigerians again. There’s this callousness that is fast taking over in every field of endeavour in this nation. A doctor was confidently myself and some others how she facilitates overseas treatment for patients and gets commissions from the foreign hospitals. She talked about getting young people from tertiary institutions to donate organ parts for sick patients at a reduced cost. I have heard of how doctors get 15% commission for every refferal to foreign hospitals. This is not just about doctors alone, there’s a form of this wickedness in every field.
So again I ask, what does it cost to build functional institutions? What does it cost to build a nation? The work of nation building belongs to us and not just the government. We’ve got to start thinking of national prosperity because the prosperity of a nation is the prosperity of its people.
I know we did not get to this point deliberately, we found ourselves here as a result of trying to survive. What I see is that everybody has come with different tools to have a cut from the national cake that to the best of my knowledge does not even exist.
It is time to start baking our national cake, Let’s have a rethink.
What’s the essence of buying exotic cars to be driven on death traps? What’s the essence of sending your children to the best schools if they will still come back to live in the same environment with the children that took lessons on the floor?What’s the essence of having so much in the midst of insecurity?
I pray that God should give us a national mindset. A mindset to build affordable mega hospitals, mega schools, mega markets, mega road networks, mega housing estates, mega industries and mega prisons for those who steal from the common wealth of our nation.
May we realise on time the power of synergy and may we realise that the power really belongs to the people.
Have a blessed day.