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#OurNASS: SILENT NO MORE September 22, 2013

Posted by seunfakze in CHANGE, MORALITY, POLITICS.
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In Nigeria, the tyranny of the minority, of  crass opportunists, of about 469 elite members of the National Assembly has subjected millions of Nigerians to untold hardship and suffering. Corruption is Nigeria’s greatest challenge, its cure is openness, accountability and transparency. This will be put to test starting from the 26th of September, 2013.

In 8 years, the National Assembly; with 469 members have expended N1,000,000,000,000 (N1trillion) of public funds. These funds, alarmingly, are statutory transfers: whether the nation is in trouble or not, these funds are transferred to fund the ‘operations’ of the national assembly. Our representatives have lost their moral conscience to reject in every way possible, the most criminal form of raping its citizens. At different rates from 2005 (but consistent since 2009), the National Assembly transfers N150billion to its coffers at the detriment of the welfares of over 160million citizens.

N1trillion expended on 469 people in 8 years is a rape of the Nigerian people, whose welfare and concern should be chief to elected officers. Has N1trillion being spent to benefit the populace in 8 years? The implications of N1trillion in capital expenditure in Nigeria over 8 years are wide reaching:

EMPOWERMENT:
Jobs: 100,000 jobless graduates can start their entrepreneurial outfit with N10million which ultimately has its chain of employing others within the business scope.

Farmers: young graduates can be employed from universities to revive the agricultural sector with wide ranging effect on Nigeria’s agricultural trade and export. Besides, agricultural implements and resources such as Tractors can be bought which undoubtedly have significant impact on the yield of products.

Technology Hubs: it is estimated that about N50million will run an effective hub. (20 hubs can be created from N1trillion)

HEALTH:
Medical Tourism: The Nigerian Medical Association claims that Nigeria loses about $800m to medical tourism yearly (http://www.vanguardngr.com/2013/09/nigeria-loses-800m-to-medical-tourism-yearly-nma/). Imagine the economic implications for our nation if we heavily invested N1trillion in our health sector.

Hospital Equipments: Every day, across our communities, women and children are endangered constantly because of lack of access to beds, drugs, power, etc. Many of our children die heavily because of lack of access to drugs for malaria, and we have a high toll on maternal deaths because of lack of access to basic healthcare resources.

Portable Water: Houses in Nigeria run as local governments, providing their water, power, security and other public amenities required to be provided by the government. Every society deserves basic access to clean water which ultimately solves a lot of the health challenges in the nation (Typhoid, Cholera, etc)

EDUCATION
ASUU/Teachers Welfare: In Nigeria, it is the norm for ASUU to be on strike every year, making demands for its teachers’ union. At the moment, the ongoing ASUU strike has taken another toll on the educational sector, crippling academic activities in tertiary institutions since July 1st, 2013. It is easy to criminalize ASUU’s insensitivity on the future of our young people who have stayed at home this long. However, their demands are realistic: 30,000 staff members over 37 Federal Universities are asking for their N87bn promise to be met. Their total annual salary stands at N199bn. Compare that to the National Assembly’s N150bn; with just 469 members!

Out-Of-School Children: The Education For All report reveals that about 10.6 million Nigerians are out of school (of the 57 million worldwide). Providing classrooms for this children should be the utmost priority of the Nigerian government asides other incentives
Scholarships: N1trillion is enough to fund over 150,000 students in our tertiary institutions every year.

Hostels: If it takes TETFUND just N184m to construct 224 room hostels, imagine the number of hostels we can construct with N1trillion

INFRASTRUCTURE/BASIC AMENITIES
Roads: Nigeria funds the 128km Lagos-Ibadan expressway with N167bn (http://www.vanguardngr.com/2013/09/infrastructure-bank-to-raise-n167bn-for-lagos-ibadan-expressway/). The implications are that about 6 of this new expressway can be constructed with the N1trillion

Bridges: A second major bridge in Nigeria (and more) can be constructed with N1trillion.

Housing: Over 500,000 Nigerians can be housed with low cost housing units as seen in Festac Town, Lagos, Nigeria

Railways: Imagine the implications of freight and transport railways across nigeria, connecting towns to local areas, and states to states. Imagine the relief on transporting products from the north to the south, as well as the implications on cost of agricultural products amongst many other things.

With great knowledges comes great responsibility. Now that you know of the diverse implications N1trillion investment in our various sectors can bring, would you join other patriots this Thursday 26th September 2013 as we demand:

- Immediate comprehensive breakdown of their budgetary allocation of N150 billion for 2013.
– an account of the N1 trillion received since 2005 before the next recess in December.
– a functional contact information – numbers, email addresses and physical addresses of their constituency offices.We demand the names of at least two contact people attached to the numbers and email addresses.
– that ALL voting records on ALL constitutional amendments.
– that the attendance list for each plenary be made public.

No leader, no government, no organized force can stand in the way of an informed demanding Citizenry.

Keeping quiet at this juncture is not tenable. Join other patriots to make your demands known.

We cannot be Silent, No More!

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