Everytime Aliko Dangote breaks into a new market or diversifies into a new field I get excited. Why? Because everything in Nigeria concerning said sector starts to work like clockwork?—?as if our founding fathers themselves came down (or up) to touch the hearts of every single person involved and make sure everything moves fluidly
I’ve recently come across information that the richest man in our country according to our friends at Forbes is in plans to set up a N200 Billion University in Abuja, Nigeria. Ohh Aliko is setting up a tertiary institution??? Land becomes available without hassles and he pays the actual market value for it assuming the FCTA (Federal Capital Territory Administration) doesn’t give it to him at a discount or for free in thanks for deeming them worthy enough to place his hallowed school within their territorial purview. Roads to said land, assuming it isn’t placed right beside Aso Rock with connecting road networks, get built. Oh boy infrastructure dun dey set. The Water Board will be obliged to “connect” to the area because every Nigerian all of a sudden deserves running water don’t they? They of course will be closely followed by our friends at the AEDC (Abuja Electricity Distribution Company) because it will be 2018 and everyone (read as Dangote University Students and its extended community) should have enough power to charge their phone batteries.
Nigerian lecturers are “sub-par”, for where? The vetting procedure for staff recruitment becomes more stringent and merit based and they end up with the best minds. The new Jamb cut off mark is at 120/400? Wait for Aliko to reply, “3:59 pm” when his wife asks him the time and the entire tertiary education sector will all of a sudden agree among themselves that 120 wasn’t such a great idea all along and we need to take it to 359 #BecauseAlikoSaidSo.
Nigeria is at its best behaved when Dangote enters the equation and even if I should be angry at the perceived bias towards someone I deem to be a highly successful man and entrepreneur, being a Nigerian this long has taught me the great skill of taking what you can get from the country and winging the rest. I don’t think this quote by the Nobel Prize winning Economist, Milton Friedman applies accurately here but it can be easily inferred from
“I do not believe that the solution to our problem is simply to elect the right people. The important thing is to establish a political climate of opinion which will make it politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing. Unless it is politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing, the right people will not do the right thing either, or it they try, they will shortly be out of office.”
This is why I think we need more Government Children ( I actually mean Government favored Mega Billionaires) in the country. Imagine what fifty more “Dangote like Nigerian individuals” would do for this country in terms of jobs, infrastructure, economic output inter alia. Everything works when Aliko says so