[“Ibadan poster-mania was posted just about an hour ago – as promised. Do not miss it.]
I’m still to start reading NEXT’s lead story from Sunday’s [yesterday] edition because I like to savor the inserts first before going to the main paper weekly. It often leaves me reading the paper till mid-week but comments on the railway mess have been coming in since Sunday afternoon to my mail box.
We do not get to catch our collective breath with the avalanche of corruption scams that seem to dominate government business in Nigeria.
In the part of Ibadan where I live, a bizarre crime that is inexplicable happened recently by ECN/NEPA and whatever alphabet letters the power non-generator has now adopted. The last time electricity came by way of this whatchamacallit to our neighborhood is up to four weeks – I’m not there a lot but that’s how far back I can recollect. Pardon me, I do not live at some remote corner or a slum, with all due respect to those that are forced by circumstances to do so; just a statement that needs be made as a reference for this essay.
Each household in our neighborhood has been made to pay N10,000 because the cables that supply electricity to a Government Residential Area (G.R.A.) section were removed from the poles and carted away by thieves!
I’ve asked several questions from neighbors among which are: where will the cables be sold? Who will buy them and supply them back to the alphabet outfit? Will the zonal manager report the N400,000 we were made to pay to government? Under what Treasury Sub-head will the reporting be made?
Some neighbors have been asking that I write on the phenomenal of government property being stolen and re-sold in the Abuja manner of well-known chain of “supply and remove” as a relation once described one of the scams that have made billionaires – a minimum of $6 million-plus – of many Nigerians, but the views from the USA has finally made me do it. Come to think of it, won’t an essayist be boring if he/she carries all wrongs done her person or her neighborhood in Nigeria?
With yesterday’s NEXT headline story that I’m yet to read but bits and pieces of which are farmiliar to most who follow news of Nigeria, and with the release sent to me by one of the active members of my USA clan, I’ve decided to start a whole category on this blog. The title, as mentioned a while back, was found on the web last year and was written by a blogger whose name I never saved in my files: “… a crime syndicate masquerading as a nation”? was part of his rant, and it has stuck.
I’ve added a question mark to show Nigeria has a chance to change this perception that is held not just by millions of her citizens but also by the outside world. Yesterday, it is the country paying off a loan of N51 billion to the infamous London and Paris Clubs through equally infamous World Bank, today, it is the story of two Nigerians caught with $80 million in South Africa stored in their private home AND expensive wrist watches worth $150,000.00 according to Forbes.com blogger, Mfonobong Nsehe.
From now on, any story that fits the category that I find anywhere, or that readers send in, will be slapped under the new infamous category.
Please read “Corruption galore”, a compatriot’s frustration in far away U.S.A. Who will save Nigeria?
By Lai Opawoye [Circulated among Osogbo Progressive Union, U.S.A, members.]
No record of any major contract completion in Nigeria: Electric, Road, Steel, Railway. If the contract is grand, it is run down and funds stolen. A few years wait, it is re- awarded again and again, funds stolen. If it manages to reach commissioning stage, it soon stops functioning due to corruption, theft of operating funds, substandard or used equipments break down.
After that stage, it is sold for next to nothing in a fictitious privatization scheme to front companies that suddenly springs up. The owners of such companies? Former government officials ranging from president to ministers, retired generals, former governors, senators, reps etc. Don’t expect to find their names on any record. Only those in the inner circle know the real owners.
Meanwhile suffering continues for citizens, little guys with bread loaves salary demand bribes, police set up check points to openly collect bribes to supplement their inhumane salary.