Gratitude in the Midst of Low Infrastructure Development

There is something in the cosmic universe that adds more to people who are grateful.  Grateful to be alive, grateful to smell the fresh air or the fumes from the generator, grateful for the activities of our limbs.  Some of us have families, children, spouse, parents, and other loved ones; we have to be grateful for love and unity.  We should be grateful for a roof over our heads, food to eat and clothes to wear.  Gratitude is a powerful virtue that we all as Nigerians need to embrace if we want things to change.

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I realize that there is power outage in Nigeria.  In Africa as a whole, we utilize the same amount of power as Spain, a single country with only 2 million people.  This is a big challenge for those of us who make a living in Nigeria.  In spite of…gratitude is still a virtue.  There was an NIPP project during the Obasanjo administration that was meant to provide power to our nation.  Well, based on reliable sources, the government mismanaged the resources.  We have credible consultants but when they want to work, some inexperienced egotistical person in government, would halt the progress of the project because he was “not aware” of some of the details.

Well, in spite of these challenges, we still have to embrace gratitude so more can come to us.  Be thankful to be alive enough to hustle to feed our families.  Many years ago, only the elite could afford generators.  Now, the average person can afford to power their home.  I’m not saying it is something to be proud of BUT we found a way to survive in the midst of the storm.

To transform Nigeria starts from us as citizens.  We keep looking to government to save us from our calamity.  Do you know what that means?  We are giving away our power to survive, our power to shift the paradigm of apathy and neutrality.  We need to start from our communities and look out for each other because Nigeria belongs to us, not the leaders.  The people who govern derive their power from the consent of the governed.  We need to embrace our nation even in the midst of her flaws and love her enough to change things.

 

Written By Efua Edeh

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