Nigeria – Unmaking a Failing State

The concept of a failed state found its way into the global lexicon in the last two decades or so. Prior to the emergence of this phenomenon, nations were basically classified along levels of economic development into developed, developing, and underdeveloped economies. The most susceptible to becoming a failed state are the underdeveloped countries in Africa and Asia.

The Burden of Survival

4 out of 5 adults see life as the survival of the fittest. Whether you and I realize it or not, this is the bane of our society. Establishing this fact is the focus of this article. By the way, survival is a natural process resulting in the evolution of organisms best adapted to the environment (WordNet).

Alleviating The Burden of Corruption in Under-Developed Countries

Finding words that accurately encapsulate all the evils that corruption represents is indeed a tall order. However, a look into the dictionary provides some guide: Corruption is “… lack of integrity or honesty (especially susceptibility to bribery); use of a position of trust for dishonest gains. It is degeneracy, depravation, depravity, putrefaction. Corruption means moral pervasion; impairment of virtue and moral principles. It is the act of destroying someone’s honesty or loyalty or undermining moral integrity. Corruption stands for inducement (as of a public official) by improper means (as bribery) to violate duty (as by committing a felony) - (WordNet 2.1).

Education and Nigeria’s Development

I am a product of the Nigerian public school education system. I started primary school education in September 1974. I didn’t pay any school fees at the time. Beyond non-payment of school fees we were given free textbooks and exercise books. The teachers were dedicated and dutiful. The same conditions: non-payment of school fees, free textbooks and exercise books applied when I entered secondary school in 1980. For my West Africa School Certificate Examination registration in 1985, I paid N60.00 (Sixty naira only). At this time, examination malpractice was not in our lexicon, it was a taboo.