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Stable Power Before Improved Roads by DaHitler(m): 2:43am On Jun 21, 2006
Am I the only one that feels Nigeria has to focus on Stable power supply before they continue revamping their road system? Afterall, what are you using the roads to transport, when lack of electricity is crippling the ability of the Country to produce?

Nigeria has a very large work force, (about 46 million) and labour is dirt cheap, but requiring employers to generate their own electricity is too much of a turn off for employers.

What I see going on in Nigeria is socialism gone mad. How else can you explain this never ending drive to create more and more roads when nothing is being produced. In fact, many of those roads are hurting the country because Nigeria is not in a position to take advantage of them. So, we build a road from Lagos to Kano, that just means that the foreign goods that flood Lagos, make it all the way across the nations to flood the markets in Kano. This in turn drives what little jobs that are available in the country to other countries since, unlike in the past, you don't need to have a farm in the North to adequately supply Northerners with rice. Now, you can just import the rice from Thailand and use the newly constructed nice roads to make sure your goods make it to Kano in time to drive the local farmers out of business.

Nigeria need to wake. It is not nuclear science. Focus on Energy production and don't worry about the local roads. Uneven development is the most efficient way to develop a country.
Re: Stable Power Before Improved Roads by Chxta(m): 11:15am On Jun 22, 2006
I've said precisely the same thing somewhere before, but someone told me that I am biased because I am an Electrical Engineer, so I held my peace.

We get all sorts of comments on Nairaland you know,
Re: Stable Power Before Improved Roads by DaHitler(m): 11:22am On Jun 22, 2006
Yeah, its funny. All I seem to hear is never ending whining about need for new roads. Yep, thats spirity. Make those new roads so that the British and co can flood the economy with their goods. Thats exactly what Nigeria, a country with soaring unemployment, needs at this time.

However, truth be told, building new roads is a nice way to show that you are doing something. Now, ensuring stable power supply is a lot more difficult, but it is what the country needs. Instead, the governors are content with having their little fan fare celebrations at the commencement of newly built roads. Without mentioning to the people that those roads that they are celebrating are actually taken jobs away from the people.
Re: Stable Power Before Improved Roads by Nobody: 4:00am On Feb 13, 2007

Am I the only one that feels Nigeria has to focus on Stable power supply before they continue revamping their road system?

Nope,you are not the only one. Stable elecricity should be their top priority for now as it will boost the economy in no small measure.
Re: Stable Power Before Improved Roads by BigB11(m): 4:04am On Feb 13, 2007
Sorry, but I think stable water supply should be the top priority.

You remember? WATER NO GET ENEMY
Re: Stable Power Before Improved Roads by Nobody: 4:32am On Feb 13, 2007
Yes,water is very very important,but right now I don't think water is anyway on the list,it's between roads and stable power.
If they can sort out electricity problem, then water problem can be sorted out individually before gvt. wades in.
If there is stable electricity,people can sink boreholes in their houses,they can operate pumping machines,boil water for drinking,take warm shower/bath etc.
Re: Stable Power Before Improved Roads by BigB11(m): 9:47pm On Feb 13, 2007
I said water, my friend!

You do not need electric power to develop effective water supply.
Re: Stable Power Before Improved Roads by Nobody: 8:36am On Feb 14, 2007
Big B1:

I said water, my friend!You do not need electric power to develop effective water supply.

First of all,I think you are very rude.

I never said water is not important,we all know water is very important. I only chose stable electricity because this debate is on whether government should construct roads before dealing with electricity or take care of electricity before roads(It's not  water or electricity debate).
please if you don't understand any part of my post,kindly call my attention to it and I will explain.For instance,where and when did I say you need electric power to develop effective water supply?that was a deliberate misquotation of what I said!

What I said(and still maintain) is that since the gvt. has no plan to provide a lasting solution to water problem at the moment, electricity will be more useful. I don't know about your house,but in ma house,we use electricity to pump water, heat water and so on.
Re: Stable Power Before Improved Roads by chidichris(m): 9:25am On Feb 14, 2007
Brothers and sisters, this topic does not worth arguing for because all of know it that the engine room for development is power supply but i want to inform us here that nobody has offered us the opportunity to choose between roads, water and electricity.
the government itself is not interested in any but they pretend to be on roads because that is where they make easy money by awarding paper contracts and execute the contratcts on the media houses and then move the funds to the rightful places.
if we talk about good governance and make good provissions for the international news media to come into nigeria and let the whole world know our true position then we will see that all the problems will fly overnight.
i want to say it loud and clear that nigeria has all it takes to be like the western worlds but corruption especially in the aso rock has changed the fate of the country, otherwise why paying our debts and increasing our reserves in the world bank just to make the international communities to believe that all is well with us when we lack all it takes to exist.
if any of us has lived in anywhere outside nigeria, he/she will have every reason to believe that nigerians are God's own people because they exist out of nothing and are still happy no wonder we are rated as the happiest people on earth while Fela mentioned in in one of his tracks( suffering and smilling).
i am happy that today, the cnn finally find their way to the real nigerian people and soon other paid and decieptive adverts will be a thing of the past and the whole world will know that the only rich people in nigeria are the aso rock worshipers.

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