Archive for May, 2012

WHY ARE WE NOT FARMING?


Just last week, a family friend and I had a conversation about how Nigerians are so determined to enjoy ‘oil money’ and have forgotten about agriculture.
Today I read that Governor Ahmed of Kwara said Nigeria cannot move forward without agriculture…I totally agree.
The problem lies in drafting sensible agricultural policies that trickle down to the grassroots in order to create wealth and most importantly, food security. Let’s not forget that going back to agriculture will create employment for thousands.
Maybe states could map out agricultural policies and encourage commercial farming if the federal government is not ready to do so. After all, we practice federalism right?

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FRESH CASES OF POLIO- NORTHERN NIGERIA


Sokoto state has recently been identified as having the highest number of polio cases in the country. Seven local governments in the state are high risk in terms of thr polio virus according to the National Primary Health Care Development Agency.
Its a little frustrating to hear that polio is even a disease we talk about in this day and age when it can be eradicated. Northern governors need to take health a little more seriously, and yes I said Northern governors. Majority of the polio cases have been reported in the north.
According to AllAfrica, some parents still reject polio vaccinations for their kids and in reaction to this, immunisation officials in Kebbi state have threatened to arrest parents who do not let their children receive the polio vaccine. Nice move, if you ask me!

MY OBSESSION WITH AFICAN FABRIC…


Once upon a time, I used to look down on people who constantly wore clothes made of African fabric. Feel very free to call me stupid.
The obsession many of us have with western products sometimes makes us forget that we need to support and promote African culture.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m still very much fond of the western trend but these days the African trend has become more appealing to me than ever before.
Kudos to designers who showcase African fashion.
I just found out Balogun market is very close to my office- closer than I ever imagined; so, my new bad habit is going there during breaks to buy African fabrics…and NO!!!!!!!! I’m not kidding…just don’t mention this to my boss.

THE CASE OF FAKE MALARIA DRUGS…


It is a bit sad that while the ‘health community’ is seriously trying to fight malaria, we are taken a few steps back by producers of fake drugs and low quality drugs especially in Africa and Asia.
According to a research by Fogarty International Centre, 1500 samples of seven different malaria drugs in seven South East Asian countries showed that fake and low quality drugs are the causes of treatment failure and drug resistance.
Similar results were found in 21 sub-Saharan African countries.
This really should serve as a wake up call for the government and various stakeholders involved in the fight against malaria.

{source: BBC News}

DEPOSING LONG SERVING AFRICAN PRESIDENTS- WHO IS NEXT IN LINE?


Interesting article I stumbled upon on Reuters about long serving African leaders and how they will leave office. This is very interesting because this year alone, three long serving African rulers have been dethroned (remember this is just the 5th month of the year).
The seven remaining long serving African leaders are:
Teodoro Obiang Nguema – Equatorial Guinea
Jose Santos – Angola
Robert Mugabe- Zimbabwe
Paul Biya- Cameroon
Yoweri Museveni- Uganda
King Mswati III- Swaziland
Blaise Campore – Burkina Faso
The first two listed presidents have served the longest, 32 years followed by Mugabe who has served 31 years; Biya has been in power for 29 years, Museveni for 25; mswati and Campore for 24 years.
What bothers me really, is what factors determine whether or not they will be ousted from their current positions. Is the issue serving for too long, or being undemocratic? Then again, is there any good democracy in Africa that one could use as an example of good governance? (Ghana immediately came to my mind).
Despite Museveni’s ‘addiction’ (for lack of a better word) to power, Uganda had enjoyed favours from western countries as opposed to Libya for instance when Gadaffi was still in power.
So is the issue democracy, holding on to power for too long or allying with the West? Or does the need for change come from within, like the Arab spring and if yes, don’t many democratic African countries demand change on a daily basis? Would western intervention (like in Libya and Tunisia) happen in take place in these so called democratic countries?
Who will be dethroned next and why?
These are the questions that bother me…

BEWARE OF THE RICH MAN’s DISEASE…


I was scheming through the WHO report for this year and I was happy to see that they laid emphasis on obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and hypertension especially in third world countries.
We have always known these non communicable diseases as diseases that mostly affect the developed nations because of their diet. Well guess what? Since we are beginning to enjoy the ‘white man’s food’ more and more, we are also falling victim to these diseases. It is interesting seeing as we are still trying to battle other diseases that claim lives in thousands hundreds.
The WHO report says that nearly eighty percent of deaths from these diseases now occur in poor countries; in some countries in Africa, between 40-50 percent of the population have high blood pressure.
These diseases are very avoidable, we just need to be a little more responsible. Remember health is wealth!!!!!