What Happened to Vision 2020?
We finally made it to 2020. Bloody hell!
I thought we would be better off by now. But hey, this is Nigeria we are talking about. We will always be stuck in the grinding state of TUFIAKWA!
On paper, this year was supposed to be it. Our year of taller buildings and and larger flyovers; metros and bullet trains. I thought we would have airlines connecting almost every part of the country and even drive on wide and safer roads than we could before. I thought we would have IT hubs like India and have more individuals employed than we have in the past.. “We thank God for even little things.”
In case you forgot about the Vision 2020, here:
By 2020 Nigeria will be one of the 20 largest economies in the world, able to consolidate it’s leadership role in Africa and establish itself as a significant player in the global and political arena.
We have never had a shortage of good plans in Nigeria, but the problem is implementation. Nigeria has the poorest record of implementation. Right from General Obasanjo’s Operation Feed the Nation of the late 70’s to Education for All inthe year 2000; there was 20% implementation and success rate. I can go on…
The then Director General of the National Economic Summit Group, Frank Nweke, in 2012, based on the team’s projections using the IMF, World Economic database, said that Nigeria can not achieve its aspiration earlier than 2035 unless the pace of the country’s economic growth is faster than the current average 7.76% 2020. But instead recording a consistent economic growth from 2013 till date, the Nigerian economy slowed down instead and even went in to recession.
But really, did the government have the the desire to set the so called vision in to motion or was it all a sham? For all I know the government never set a contingent step on how this vision would be achieved, and it can be said that that the Nigerian government always create unrealistic policies as a guise to loot the system. Money sent to different agencies end up in administrator’s office. Money meant for development and purchase of assault weapons totally diverted by military officers.
I think if we have actually learned from history it would be that for a country to have regional power, it must export complex goods and services, and producing such goods creates employment and innovative population. The case is totally different in Nigeria as it solely depends revenue from crude oil. In terms of prize, the crude oil fluctuates in the international market, and since the naira directly depends on crude oil, it also fluctuates as well as making it unbearable to do business.
I can’t lie, Nigeria’s Vision 2020 has always been an ambitious one considering our antecedents of policy reversals; summersaulting and chaotic failures. The Vision is just sily dream and we are just an eternity away from achieving it.
Written by Ekechi Gerard