A three-way proposal

by Daniel Femi-Alemede
(Lagos)

President Muhammadu Buhari

Aso Rock, Abuja
Nigeria
Dear President Muhammadu Buhari,
Mr. President, your road to the top has provided Nigerians with a success story, a motivating one. You have renewed a sense of hope and a willingness to be more “Nigerian”. In our mind we hear your voice saying, let us continue, and let us press on. Your leadership has brought us the will to improve our society on every level, from our towns to our localities. The proposals I make here today are in a bid to press on, to creating a better Nigeria. This is a three-way proposal on the creation of a Manufacturing Advisory Service, the widespread application of nudge theory and the adoption of hydroponic farming.
1 Manufacturing Advisory Service.
Mr. President, a Manufacturing Advisory service should be made avaliable in Nigeria. The Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Hajia Aisha Abubakar, said that the ministry would soon launch a nationwide campaign to encourage Nigerians to patronize made-in-Nigeria products. If this is achieved, it would be a commendable feat. Added to this aim should be the creation of a Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS). The MAS would serve purpose of providing advice to manufacturing companies in Nigeria, the aid of Multinational Corporations wishing to establish businesses in the Nigerian Economy and aid of dominant home corporations wishing to become multinationals. If possible, this would increase national output and boost the Nigerian economy.
2 It is not our culture.
Certain issues are to be tackled by the law and compliance should be enforced. However, for some other issues, it is the cultural base that needs to be attacked. To an objective individual, a Nigerian throwing waste on the floor or defecating in Nigerian waters or bushes is a culture. At a very young time in my life, I thought that there was something inherent in the Nigerian culture that supported corruption and uncivilized behavior. This is a stereotype which has developed from stories people have heard and read. One thing about a stereotype is that it tells half the story. Mr. President, you have proved that corruption is not “our culture”. While the fight against corruption is still on, we should also break free from the disorderly stereotype and prove it is also not our culture. A nationwide campaign should be held to encourage Nigerians to abstain from acts deemed “Un-Nigerian”. If we can effectively create a sense of what is “un-Nigerian” it will become easy to curb such acts.


3. Hydroponic Farming.
Hydroponics is a subset of hydro culture and is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil. I first came across Hydroponics when I watched a Google science fair video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87x8EEUHq7k. I searched to see if this was practiced in Nigeria. It is practiced in Jos and Lagos but I am unsure if it is on a large scale. Hydroponic farming will help farmers with unfavorable farming conditions. Unfavorable conditions that have resulted from poor soil quality, a result of drought and erosion. Coming to think of it, how wonderful is the news that nutrient solution from chicken manure (a cheap and simplified method) could help us with produce to subsistence farmers? Now think of the blessings that could result from advanced hydroponics by large-scale farmers, who have been hurt by increasing erosion and drought. It is the Nigerian culture that we set examples to others, “it is our culture”.
Thank you Mr. President for reading. Most respectfully Sir, I hope the issues pointed out will be tackled as soon as possible. Margaret Mead once said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that has”.

Daniel .T. Femi-Alemede

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