Solution To The Socio-Economic Problems in Nigeria.
- Quality Education
- Adequate Health Facility
- Effective Leadership
- Investments! Investments!! More Investments!!!
Education basically involves acquiring knowledge and skills necessary to refine our potentials. Everyone has natural tendencies however quality education helps individuals to exploit these abilities productively. For example, an individual with abilities to make speech will be able to do after learning language, grammar etc.
Education is Education, in fact every form of education must meet the standard of Quality Education. Therefore in this article, when we mention Education, we mean it to be a quality one.
Quality Education simply means effective aqusition of right knowledge and skills that effects self-growth and community development. Right knowledge symbolizes adequate information capable of transformation, that is, the information acquired through education should compel individuals to replace FAULTY cognition (thoughts, beliefs, memories, attitudes, perceptions) and behavioral patterns with PRODUCTIVE cognition (beliefs, perceptions, attitudes, thoughts) and behavioural patterns (actions).
As a saying goes, “what we think, we become.” This simply explains that our thoughts become our feelings which subsequently form our actions. Every information we assimilate must fill our minds with useful thoughts and relevant values necessary to uplift the learner and the society.
Education expunges ignorance, keeps us informed thereby prevents deformation. An individual with talents or potentials will remain incapable or worse still become bad without education to guide and regulate his or her mental functioning.
For example, while at a prison for community development service, it was observed that many of the inmates demonstrated abilities and intelligence but apparently only needed right input from the environment to help them harness their abilities productively.
Education helps us to acquire both basic and secondary knowledge or skills and it can be acquired through various means, as we must note that education goes far beyond the four walls of classes.
We get education at home, in school, learning centres, books, movies, videos, seminars, websites etc., and education involves learning particular subjects, vocational skills, sport skills, computer skills,etc etc
Education because it abolishes ignorance has contributed significantly to reducing many social problems including racism, prejudice, etc., which are caused by human irrational thoughts and attitudes.
We are getting educated whenever we involve in any activity that effect relatively enduring change in our behaviours, which can be conceptualized as learning. We need to learn various things and at various stages of life. Therefore education enables adaptation to our environment.
There are many benefits of education, some of which include:
- It enhances mental, physical, social and spiritual functioning
- Quality education breeds quality life
- It promotes our wellbeing by keeping us informed on what to do and what to stop doing to maintain and improve our health
- It facilities economic, social, and community development.
- It enhances our performances, having adequate information compels us to perform effectitvely
- It helps to actualize our potentials, education equips us with cognitive resources needed to engage in significant activities that provide fulfillment.
- It helps provide answers to questions and solutions to problem especially through science.
- It basically facilitate human affiliations, hence it promotes peace and unity.
However everything with a pro has a con. There is no bad to education but on the usage of it. Many people harness the information they have to cause harm to the society. For example, hacking into someone else’s accounts, internet fraud, etc. This however is downplayed when people in the course of learning also receive essential guide and information on how to constructively harness the information they have and on how to benefit the world with their knowledge and skills rather than to cause destructions.
Education is extremely vital by all indications, it raises people’s consciousness about various aspects of the world. With this, ignorance is eradicated hence the room for improvement and development is created. It purges out stereotypes, prejudice, criminal intents and discrimination which have always caused major setbacks in the society. The root of every conflicts lies in the oversimplified beliefs we hold about the “out-group.” (Basheera Ibrahim 2016)
Acquisition of knowledge instill fortitude and diplomacy within people. It helps us to identify a problem and work to discover and proffer a solution to such problem, which is a significant impetus for the evolvement of a community and a country.
Adequate Health Facility
To perform effectively, one must have sound health. Health they say, is wealth. Both physiological and psychological are equally vital to optimal functioning of every human being.
The Government has the responsibility to develop the available health facilities, provide necessary resources and create (and also provide support for creations of) more health facilities in both rural and urban areas. Notable number of standard rehabilitational centres and mental health facilities must be constructed as well. In fact, every hospital must integrate the department of mental health services. This is very vital. It is required to improve the quality of lives and to uplift the society.
Many physical illnesses are triggered by psychological dysfunctions, many individuals are mentally down either they are depressed or suffer from another psychological impairment, we have lost some othersbto suicide. The latter and the aforementioned conditions are the result of psychological dysfunctions. To resolve many societal problems, the cognition’s of the people must be improved, and a mental health worker does it better.
Access to mental health facilities coupled with medical health facilities including and sensitization about mental health will effect better thought processes in people and productive actions, which consequently will foster social change, to reflect sustainable social and economic development of the country.
Right leaders are significant impetus for every development observed in a society. Right leaders are not perfect but they possess majority of the vital attributes of a leader.A leader must be goal-oriented, selfless, patient, wise, flexible must have plans to achieve his or her goals, must be disciplined, have integrity and good descion making strategy. In addition to this, they must posses relevant skills and knowledge. A sound economic management graduate will function well as minister for finance than as minister for education, a person who studied psychology will perform effectively as minister for youths or minister for welfare than as commissioner/minister for transportation or whatever..
We need more people to start up businesses. Obviously entrepreneurship is getting better in Nigeria. All thanks to PMB administration. We need people to innovate ideas, replicate foreign lucrative businesses etc. Start-ups should be supported too. There should be more organizations like TOE foundation and PEP. We need to invest in education, health sectors and industries. Adequate Infrastructures should be provided to help entrepreneurs thrive. Graduates should be trained with the mindset of becoming employers rather than employees. This will encourage business start ups, innovations and business investments. And with ProInSafe businesses will rapidly grow and becomes sustainable.
If all of these are provided, Nigeria will experience rapid socio-economic development.