Nigeria needs to have education that would provide employment for the young in addition to food, roads, light, and water. The learning of scientific knowledge is what Nigeria is in dire need of. Learning is defined as a relatively permanent change in behavior which results from training or experience. More specifically, education is the foremost benefit a nation like Nigeria can confer or bestow upon its citizens.
Gone are the days when education was the exclusive privilege reserved for the privileged few. Today, education is a necessity for the survival of citizens and continued existence of the nation. To the extent that Nigeria fails to edify its people, the country is at the bottom of the list of countries known to make the least difference in the lives of the ordinary citizen. Life in Nigeria, as in many other African countries, is fraught, burdened or weighed down with health and nutritional deficiencies. Science, mathematics, engineering, and technology permeate nearly the entire facet of modern life and hold the key to solving many of a nation's most pressing current and future challenges.
Words used to describe Nigeria's lack of meaningful science education system include jungle-like, incompetent, inexpert, clumsy, ham-fisted, useless, hopeless, bungling, and heavy-handed. Factors related to Nigeria's poor science education include frequent power failures, impassable roads, and incessant mosquito bites causing endemic malaria. Thousands of Nigerian women are dying daily during pregnancy due to complications resulting from unhygienic conditions, inadequate knowledge about prenatal care, gynecological mishaps, and inappropriate medications. Have you ever called Nigeria for a week or so and could not talk with your folks because there was no internet service and no light to charge the battery?
When will Nigerian Government see to it to encourage our women to deliver their babies locally at a fraction of what it would cost to fly to the United States or London, in addition to fees for the hospital bed, meals, gynecologist and obstetrician? The lack of science education is responsible for inadequate healthcare, housing, and food for a population of over 170 million people. If you don't know about the millions of dollars our Nigerian government officials spend on flying overseas for medical treatments that could easily be dealt locally, you've not been following the debates on the topic.
Do not be shocked to know that foreign hospitals to which your politicians fly to be treated and die at, are busily harvesting body organs of our people including hearts, livers, pancreases, and placentas of women. Are they harvesting the ding-dong (wealthy long penises) for which our politicians are especially popular? We need to revive science teaching and applications as a matter of top priority for continued existence of our democracy.
Nigeria needs to expand the teaching of science at all levels. Science education has to do with sharing science content and process with persons considered part of the scientific community, including children, college students, market women, and adult men within the general public.
Science education should be such that it is relevant to the life of the woman who cooks with a kerosene cooker in a poorly ventilated village kitchen, to the life of the farmer who plants the same crop on the same garden year after year without fertilizers and without crop rotation. Science subjects in Nigeria will include but are not limited to physical science, life science, earth science, and space science. Science education will assist the woman frying akara balls near open fetid sewer drains/ gutters, while customers buy akara balls wrapped in newspapers that has been printed with poisonous ink.
Dear readers, Nigeria needs A SCIENTIFIC EDUCATION to exploit our huge resources and feed our people, and in the process, acquire useful scientific knowledge. Let us kick out predatory leeches such as the Chinese, Indians, Britons and Americans who steal our resources and render nothing in return. Nigeria has huge deposits of tantalite a valuable substance for laboratory equipment and a substitute for platinum, but its main use today is in tantalum capacitors in electronic equipment such as mobile phones, DVD players, video game systems and computers. Nigeria's natural resources include oil, natural gas, petroleum, tin, iron ore, coal, limestone, niobium, lead, zinc and arable land. Oil and natural gas accounted for 37 percent of the country's GDP in 2006 (most recent stats).Where does the 63% come from? Agriculture, fishing and forestry also contribute significantly to the country's GDP.
Dear readers, most of the things Nigeria needs now are in abundance but haven't yet been discovered, or are in low precedence on the nation's agenda of essential things to do, or are considered of such low priority that they must wait until some other more pressing needs are met. And there are services Nigeria hardly has, and if she does have them they are of the poorest quality or of insufficient quantity.
With a daily wage of 1 dollar (N365), the majority of Nigerians live below the world poverty line because Nigerian lacks scientific education. Let's repeat this statement for emphasis. Our poverty is due to lack of interest and proficiency in scientific education. What Nigerian needs are already there and waiting to be discovered and exploited. With a daily wage of $1.00 (N350), the majority of Nigerians live below world's poverty line because they lack the education needed to insure that the nation does not continue to sit on a gold mine that has not yet been mined. And if Nigeria realizes what a gold mine she sits on, the citizens ought to be given the incentive to explore and excavate.
Nigeria does not need to force-feed our children with morsels of undigested Christian and Moslem religion. One of the most frequently paraphrased statements of German economist Karl Marx is "Die Religion....ist das Opium des Valkes" ( religion is the opiate of the masses). Religion has done grave injustice to Africa, especially to Nigerians. Both Islam and Christianity have been undeniably exploitative of black people as a whole. What do religion, and addictive drugs (such as cocaine, marijuana, and alcohol) have in common? They both provide tranquilizing relief for the masses of the people overburdened by inordinate poverty and perpetual servitude. Around the necks of non-scientific Nigerians are fastened black collars of servitude such as we keep on dogs.
Religion represents the impotence of the exploited classes who struggle against the exploiters who teach the exploited to believe in pie-in-the-sky miracle that ostensibly leads to a better life after death. Religion teaches beliefs in gods, devils, and miracles, but not in scientific stuffs. Christianity uses religion to teach that the so-called pagans live their lives in absolute want and patient submissiveness to higher power. The Christian exploiters, including the Catholics, Methodists, Pentecostals, and Jehovah's Witnesses, justify their existence as exploiters by extracting trillions of dollars from ignorant believers.
Nigeria doesn't need any more Christianity or Islam because every Nigerian believes in the existence of God. However, the need for a solution to challenges related to eating, healing, and living in Nigeria is immediate and cannot wait for tomorrow. God does not come down from heaven to solve many of the problems troubling us, such as inability to get along democratically with each other , amiable communicating without killing ourselves, and failure to explore our environment in order to improve our standards of living. Slavery and the human traffic were the hallmarks of conniving religionists whose contributions to the world are negligible.
Haven't Christianity and Islam been conniving, scheming, controlling, devious, or manipulative? Both religions are enslavers of the mind, making it possible for well-meaning but gullible Africans to fall into the entrapping hands of morally bankrupt Europeans who built a fortune through the Atlantic Slave Trade which lasted for centuries and resulted in the loss of millions of Nigerian lives. Therefore, we must make science education the cornerstone of our continued existence as a nation LONG LIVE SCIENTIFIC NIGERIA.
Submitted by Dr. James C. Agazie