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Monday, October 22, 2007

Good News: Home-made helicopters hit northern Nigeria

To my critics and for everyone's enjoyment, here is good news from Nigeria! Courtesy of Yahoo! News -“HERE...

One of the most shocking revelation of this news article was what Mubarak Muhammad Abdullahi, a 24-year-old physics undergraduate in northern Nigeria had hoped for with his new helicopter invention -

"He'd hoped -- and still does -- that the Nigerian government and his wealthy compatriots would turn to him and stop placing orders with western manufacturers."

And Nigeria Politricks find this paragragh very puzzling --- "So far, however, government response to his chopper project has been underwhelming to say the least.
Although some government officials got very excited when they saw him conduct a demonstration flight in neighbouring Katsina state, Nigeria's Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has so far shown no interest in his aircraft.
"No one from the NCAA has come to see what I've done. We don't reward talent in this country," he lamented."

There are many Mubarak Muhammad Abdullahi in Nigeria, but in a country where we glorify corruption and shun talents and innovation, this is one feat that will go unrecognised and probably never encounraged. In a country where the norm amongst our political class is buying private jets at the espense of helping the poor and the needy; where you will have a speaker of the House of Reps, Madam Etteh fraudulently contracts out the renovation of her residence in the sum of 628 millions of Naira; a country where an Attorney General of the Federation would debase his high office by stooping so low as to write a letter to unfreeze the asset of a corrupt ex-governor; a country where President Yar'dua has a 7-point plan agenda on paper, also touting a Vision 2020 plan from his visionless master OBJ, but with no apparant agenda for creating new jobs, fixing the economy and developing and encouraging young talents and innovation amongst our teeming youths and young graduates.

One wonders why armed robbery and wanton destruction of innocents lives and properties by men of the underworld has continued to be on the rise in Lagos and other major Nigerian cities. One wonders why we have restive youths in the Niger Delta, who have taken up arms and have made kidnappings of oil workers, foreigners and innocent children a favorite pastimes. One wonders why the state of our nation is always on the decline; our infrastructure is at it's worst compared to what we have in decades past; Lagos is now renowned as the World Capital of Power Generators and Power Generating Plants; as our only means of power PHCN has completely gone kaput on Nigerians. One wonders where are the trillions of Naira OBJ sunk in a black hole or rather his deep Agbada pockets all in a failed bid in reforming our energy sector? One wonders why the lip-service anti-graft Yar'dua govt. have not found any of the indicted corrupt ex-governors guilty and made to face the consequences of their actions.

The answers are not far-fetched. Our leaders have failed us. And like Mubarak Muhammad Abdullahi rightly said, we don't reward talent in Nigeria!

What do you have to say?!


Blogger Jaycee said...

Tue Oct 23, 03:33:00 AM EDT  
Blogger cally-waffybabe said...

You are so current. I'm impressed with your stories. I hope that poor guy can be recognised for this rare talent but like you said, in such a corrupt country...well nuff said for now.
Hope you're doing good.

Tue Oct 23, 05:19:00 PM EDT  
Blogger CATWALQ a.k.a LAGBA-JESS said...

By God's grace, he will get the support he needs
Thanks for highlighting one of our few accomplishments in a sea of uselessness.
God bless him.

Tue Oct 23, 11:15:00 PM EDT  
Blogger יש (Yosh) said...

VERY INNOVATIVE. Wish there'd be more funds released for like-minded individuals to hone such skills and put smiles on Nigerians' faces.

Fri Oct 26, 10:42:00 AM EDT  
Blogger cally-waffybabe said...

I'm grovelling for an update...

Sun Oct 28, 10:01:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Misan said...

Impressive achievement indeed! hopefully the buzz he's gotten from the international media and through blog postings like this, the word will RE-filter to the powers that be, and he can get some funding to continue his work.

As for this nation of ours, things will change either from within or without, i've spent most of my life hoping things would change from the latter but now it's inevitable that we can't rely on the government to bring about this change any longer...47 years is more than enough of a trial period.

Mon Oct 29, 10:56:00 AM EDT  
Blogger SOLOMONSYDELLE said...

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Mon Oct 29, 09:50:00 PM EDT  
Blogger CATWALQ a.k.a LAGBA-JESS said...

Does anyone have a contact for this guy?

Fri Nov 02, 08:17:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous yin said...

its actually painfull when you think about the corruptness of the country, and the fact that one would be hopefull in the next four years things would get better...but they dont!

Thu Jan 24, 06:10:00 AM EST  

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