Sunday, 8 December 2013
State Of The Nation By Seyi Olu Awofeso
As surrejoinder to your comment on Saharareporters that there are certain infrastructure in Lagos State presumably offsetting the tragic production of college illiterates at 80-90% annual rate in Lagos, would you like to take a good look at the photograph above, Joe Igbokwe; you being the Action Congress Party Spokesman in Lagos?
This single photo not only typifies but also says all there is to say on the running tragedy of renovating or widening existing Lagos roads at the expense of training human minds, formally.
World-wide, there’s broad economics consensus that development is separate from modernisation, and even though comprising it as a fraction, but in the ranking order of human development as first priority.
In a choice between planting flowers and training teachers, the rational choice for a reasonable government is the latter. In a choice between painting buildings and equipping schools with sound curriculum, the rational choice for a reasonable Governor is the latter.
To fail that reasoning mode is to make the wrong choice, as currently happening in Lagos.
A destroyed youth inevitably becomes a 70-year burden on society as a first-line future charge on the treasury for subsidized existence. Now, multiply each such destroyed and un-schooled youth by two million per annum, and you’ll see the dreary future clearly.
The purpose of governance is to think properly and make the right choices for the dignity of man.
Breaking down the word “dignity” into its components; no thinking person can dis-agree that freedom from ignorance is the first step toward human dignity, and, since illiteracy kills a society faster than cancer would an individual, a government that fosters illiteracy invariably kills off society.
The killing here is not just metaphorical but also financial - by draining the State’s future income away into crime-control, as a consequence of past wrong choices.
And, for so long as communal peace depends wholly on the acts and omissions of all other fellow residents, mass illiteracy in a state means that death will stalk everyone as a result, because the un-schooled youths (pictured above) are no longer partakers of a society’s mores or its wealth.
They are alienated to fend for themselves the way a lion will rummage the forests as predator.
But their prey would include the sheltered children of the rich mostly in government offices, who majorly through false invoices and benign signatures intentionally appended to criminal claims, had appropriated the financial assets of the State as private wealth.
When the killings progress at an organised pace, the entire state will seize in fear, regardless of cash at anyone’s hand, because infrastructure is not the substitute for developing a human being free from wants and ignorance.
On the contrary, the primitive accumulation in government offices by banditry is a green flag to all of society to take a cue and begin an orgy of stealing, murdering and scamming.
……….Seyi Olu Awofeso is a Legal Practitioner
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