“By 2020 Nigeria will be one of the 20 largest economies in the world, able to consolidate its leadership role in Africa and establish itself as a significant player in the global economic and political arena.”
11 years ago, former President Musa Yar’adua ‘saw the future’ and made a ‘bold declaration’, like all Nigerian politicians do.
With 4 years to the deadline, and the current sorry state of the economy, we ask the ultimate question: CAN VISION 2020 STILL BE ACHIEVED?
The mission statement of Vision 20:20:20 is plain; to safely sail the Nigeria’s economy to the shore exclusively reserved for only the top 20 world’s largest economies by the year 2020.
This vision can be likened to a cheque at hand; useless, until cashed. And you’ll agree with me that our economy as of today is obviously nowhere near a bank yet.
Policy inconsistency is one of the big stones firmly hanging on the economy, consistently drowning it down the poverty ocean. This discontinuity that has been constantly passed on among our leaders defines our arrival at this present shambled state of the economy. The present government obviously has forsaken Vision20:20:20 for the same reason, discontinuity; since the conception of the vision was never directly their own idea.
I’ll say pointedly at this point that the realization of the Vision20:2020 would solely be a miracle. A deliberate act of God; the long awaited answer to the many prayers we’ve been praying.
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If you had asked me back then if the dream was achievable, I’d have said a big fat NO. So if you ask me now, my answer can only be the obvious; NO!
First of all, the idea of projecting a dream of 11 years by any administration which cannot exceed 8 years, based on some theoretical plans is not going to work in Nigeria, simply because another administration is definitely going to come in and draw its own 6, 7 or whatever points agenda which will either neglect, or have counter-effects on the plans of the previous administration. That is always going to be the case, at least in a country like Nigeria where National interest is still many feet below sea level. It’s a pitiable fact that Nigeria, with its abundant resources, human and materials can’t still provide something as cheap as stable electricity. It may better economies (like South Africa), it’s really sad.
In the beginning of the 21st century, National Space Research and Development Agency promised that Nigeria will be launching indigenous rockets by 2018, but ‘expectedly’, our. two next satellites will be built and launched by a Chinese company
Setting targets of some future years in a nation like Nigeria is pointless and deceitful. What we need is for the government to put in place things that will make economic development less dependent on government interventions; Electricity, Basic infrastructure, innovative policies that can put our economy on the wheels. When it starts moving, experts can then sit down and project the possible year we will achieve our goals, if the movement is nurtured and sustained. When you have a sick horse, you don’t start calculating when it will cover some distance while it’s still sick. The first thing to do is to revive it, get it running, then make your calculations using its current speed.
The Economic depression Nigeria is presently facing is as a result of successive leaders whose acts of greed and lack of empathy has brought our dear country into a state of despair and regression instead of progression.
I must firmly make my point clear that Vision 2020 is filled with agenda that focuses on the youth and the masses. Creation of employment opportunities, improving the standard of living and many more other things are embedded in the vision which I think any reasonable Nigerian will be joyous about.
But can these aforementioned amenities be established with the state of the economy?
Firstly, before the discovery of Oil in Nigeria, we were maintaining a resource then which was Agriculture and Cocoa was our dominant product. If Nigeria could sustain herself as at then with Agriculture, why then have we neglected agriculture and embraced crude oil only? If we want to achieve the Vision, then, our source of revenue must not be ‘monotonized’ as this will cripple the economic system completely! Let’s go back to Agriculture and the country shall flourish.
The high rate of people clamouring for white collar jobs won’t help in actualizing the vision. We must all embrace skill acquisition or Vocational studies as this makes us self-reliant and buoyant enough to cater for our upkeep.
Vision 2020 can be achieved if the Government can ensure qualitative education for all. Education is the bedrock of any developed society. The rate of illiteracy in Nigeria is still overwhelming and this can only be solved by providing an enabling environment for learning and remunerating the tutors as at when due. I believe this will go a long way in ensuring the actualization of the vision.
In conclusion, the society belongs to every one of us. Vision 2020 is just an agenda that can only be realized if we the citizens, partner with the Government to achieve it.
God bless our beloved country Nigeria.
I am Alli Wasiu oluwasegun. I graduated from the Federal college of Education Abeokuta. I studied English/Political science and am currently on a degree program at the University of Lagos, Akoka.
Nigeria; pragmatically proven as the most populous black nation on planet earth and still on the road to make Vision 20:20:20 a rapt reality, is still on a pedestal of economic retrogression, political bankruptcy, educational declination and philosophical blindness among other vices like canned corruption, branded tribalism, trending nepotism and the likes.
Vision 20:2020 is a great vision to make Nigeria stand out among top 20 economies in the world by 2020 with a minimum GDP of $900 billion and a per capita income of no less than $4000 per annum. The bone of contention is if this vision cab be achieved with the current depression in the Economy.
The vision can still be achieved if all hands are on deck to eliminate the edifice of corruption. Political icons- counselors, senators, governors, and others should erect a structure of trust and use public funds appropriately. Nigerian youths are to be contented with what they have, creative and start small to build a better nation. In other words, entrepreneurship should be practically included in the education system of the nation. In this way, the economic battery of the nation would be charged to compete globally with the worlds super powers.
Finally, Nigeria is not poor; it is Nigerians that are poor. The poverty here is that of ideas and its realization. Hard work is never enough; creativity is more than enough to turn luminosity in the economy of Nigeria with more than 3 years remaining.