I’m in my twenties now and I can see how the government can affect the situation of the economy in so many ways that I didn’t understand while growing up. I used to think that how things were in the home was solely as a result of how much parents could spend in the home and if the prices of things were skyrocketing, then it was up to us to keep increasing our estimated budget before we did our market runs.
I think I started understanding in the smallest scale how things were being run at home when I was in primary school. I knew how much the rent was and who paid for it. For more clarity, I will disclose my parents’ occupation. My dad is self-employed and my mom was a teacher. My dad works as a graphic artist as well as a visual artist (which he never really monetized or practiced as much because how many people in Nigeria could/can afford paintings?) but he majorly did more of graphic designing as he happened to have more contracts with Government owned companies and Parastatals. It was with these contracts that my father was able to make ends meet and if I am being honest, it was tough. With what my mom earned, she used to play her own substantial role in the home.
With every change in government, our family could notice the obvious decline in the situation of things in the economy and our home. We started noticing this when my dad’s contracts weren’t coming in as they used to and also the duration in which he received his payment. It took longer than usual before he got paid for his services. The companies he worked with would complain about how they hadn’t paid their staff or how the government has neglected their duties. He once complained about how one of the companies he worked with and benefitted from had experienced decline in its operations due to the new government. It was then I started understanding in detail the role a change in government played/plays.
THE BREAKING POINT
We are very much aware of the price hike in food and other necessities, you can’t go scouting for a new home (at least a comfortable place) without holding any amount less than 800k and this is very relative. University Students are in and out of school and the academic calendar is being distorted because of the ASUU strikes. And what if you attend or wanted to attend a private university, what assurance is there that you’d get a job that would at least compensate for how much was spent during the academic years? Majority of the Nigerian populace are basically living hand to mouth. If you think you are doing well today, there are higher chances of you finding yourself in the opposite situation the next day. We have noticed a high rise in the number of entrepreneurs in Nigeria which is majorly occupied by youths doing almost the same things (if you had a different dream, how and who is supposed to help you sponsor that business you dream of?) and now imagine if the Nigerian currency keeps falling, how exactly will they cope?
A CALL FOR EFFECTIVE CHANGE
Political apathy should be an abomination amongst Nigerian Youths. I used to be very nonchalant about politics but things don red. The swift change of things in Nigeria will take you by surprise and if you feel like you don’t need the government, I hate to break it to you, you are in for a huge surprise. The change of government in Nigeria in 2023 will be a reflection of our choices and will determine if your kid will be sent home from school every term for unpaid fees, if you’ll keep coming home before the academic session ends due to the ASUU strikes, if that business of yours will keep thriving, if you will chase what you’re passionate about or if you’ll settle for mediocrity and what is available to you, if you would trust the medical system in Nigeria or not, if you’ll be able to make a list of food items you wish to buy with certainty of how much they cost before going to the market, and if you can decide what is next for you. The same energy we put into trolling our Nigerian celebrities and following up with what is trending on the internet, we should also channel that energy into our political knowledge and stay informed and ready to call for effective change.
To japa is awesome because that’s what humans do, successfully run away from their troubles. But to have a country this generation and the coming ones can take pride in is even better. Do not vote for a political party, vote for a suitable person.
GET YOUR PVC IF YOU HAVEN’T YET AND GET READY TO VOTE.
This article was inspired by Vivian Chikaodi on Twitter.
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