Incompetence, leading to tragedy is a constant theme in contemporary Nigeria. May Nigeria’s incompetence not kill you today or tomorrow.Onye Nkuzi
Welcome to a new month. January couldn’t seem to finish fast enough from January to January Pro then January Max.
This post is a review of the 4th week of the year. The above quote is an apt way to describe a month that took a toll on Nigerians.
Lagos bans Okadas and Tricycles
Proving that in Turn by Turn Nigeria Ltd, it is not your portion until it is your turn to feel how political uncertainty can kill your business, it was the turn of the Okada riders and Tricycle operators in Lagos to experience this.
In a shocking statement, the Government banned all of them. This comes after all the hoops they had to pass through last year proving that the government has no consideration for the citizens.
The wide-ranging consequence of this action means that for possibly the next 5 years, expect the Foreign Direct Investment into Nigeria to reduce.
Here are some reactions:
It’s the failure of same government to provide enabling environment for a proper integrated mass transport system in a mega city like Lagos that allowed the abnormal to become the normal. Motor bikes are not an acceptable means of mass transportation in sane climes. The Lagos light rail project has been abandoned after being looted. Water transportation offers huge potentials with the lucrative value chain. Lagos roads despite the over stretched traffic remain largely sub standard in quality and durability. These gaps brought about Okada, ORide, Gokada etc. The sad part is the government keeps acting in a reactive mode and not proactive. What’s the plan for a comprehensive integrated mass transport system in Lagos? Nobody having is this critical conversation.Niyi Olaloku
Lagos is no different from the rest of Nigeria. The arbitrariness, the change of policy on a whim. This is the equivalent of “banning the importation of tomato paste”, then “unbanning it”. Nigeria is run by rent seekers, not those with any knowledge of “economic planning”.Onye Nkuzi
What we hate in Operation Amotekun – MURIC
Proving once and again that we have reached a new low in the society, MURIC had an opinion on the recently commissioned Amotekun.
You don’t need any more evidence than that to know that you live in a failed state.
NYSC DG confirms N33,000 allowance for Corps members
Most announcements in Nigeria are only for show. So I will wait until I can confirm this to rejoice.
However, last week the NYSC DG confirmed the N33,000 for Corps members.
Coronavirus: Nigerian govt makes no plan for citizens in China
You need no further evidence that you are on your own that when your country will not to your aid in a foreign country.
In a week that saw a lot of foreign nations pull out their citizens from China, the Nigerian government confirmed that it had no plans to do the same for its own citizens.
Lagos Govt, Chinese Embassy Agree To Quarantine Returning Chinese Citizens
The two governments have agreed to quarantine returning Chinese citizens.
Most Chinese citizens will be returning to Nigeria this week after going home for the Chinese new year.
Trump Administration Imposes New Travel Restrictions on Six Countries
The bad news continues to filter in as the US just imposed some travel restrictions on Nigeria. This doesn’t come as a surprise with the rising state of insecurity in the country, this was always an expected outcome.
Sadly the road that led here was paved by American support for the current adminstration although under a different President.
Alawode-James, OlaJumoke made a summary of the events in the nation in the last five years.
It reads like a script from a horror movie.
If you doubt the role of leadership, you would do well to watch this video clip.