Nigeria was once known as the “Giant of Africa” due to its thriving economy, but that is no longer the case.
In case you don’t know the root cause of our problems today, please take time out and read below:
As of 25/07/2022, the exchange rates were:
£1 = ₦800
$1 = ₦670
€1 = ₦662
42 years ago, precisely on 25/07/1980 the exchange rate was: $1 = 0.80k. Are you surprised?
Well, we were far more productive in 1980 than we are today. In 1980 the key reasons for economic growth were as follows:
- We were a net exporter of refined petroleum products. Today we import all our refined petroleum products.
- We rode in locally assembled cars, buses and trucks. Peugeot cars in Kaduna and Volkswagen cars in Lagos.
- Leyland produced trucks/buses in Ibadan and ANAMCO in Enugu also produced buses and trucks.
- Steyr in Bauchi produced our Agricultural tractors. And it was not just Assembly, we were producing many of the components:
- Vono products in Lagos produced the vehicle seats.
- Exide in Ibadan produced the batteries, not just for Nigeria but for the entire West Africa.
- IsoGlass and TSG in Ibadan produced the windshields.
- Ferrodo in Ibadan produced the brake pads and discs
- Dunlop produced Tyres in Lagos and Michelin Tyres were produced in Port Harcourt. And I mean tyres produced from rubber plantations located in Ogun, Bendel and Rivers State.
- We were listening to Radio and watching television sets assembled in Ibadan by Sanyo.
- We were using refrigerators, freezers and Airconditioners produced by Thermocool and Debo.
- We were putting on clothes produced from the UNTL Textile Mills in Kaduna and Chellarams in Lagos. They were Not from imported cotton but from cotton grown in Nigeria.
- Our water was running through pipes produced by Kwalipipe in Kano and Duraplast in Lagos.
- Our toilets were fitted with WC produced in Kano and Abeokuta.
- We were cooking with LPG gas stored inside gas cylinders produced at the NGC factory in Ibadan.
- Our electricity was flowing through cables produced by the Nigerian Wire and Cable, Ibadan; NOCACO in Kaduna and Kablemetal in Lagos and Port Harcourt.
- We had Bata and Lennards Stores producing the shoes we were putting on. The shoes were not from imported leather but from locally tanned leather in Kaduna.
- We were mainly flying our Airways, (the Nigeria Airways), to most places in the world. The Nigeria Airways was about the biggest in Africa at the time.
- Most of the foods we ate were grown or produced in Nigeria.
We were producing all of the above and many more in 1980. Today, we import almost everything. Isn’t that alarming?
There lies the source of the terrible exchange rate we are experiencing today and everyone reading this has a critical role to play in reversing this very ugly trend.
We have been talking about these problems and more for ages. It is not enough for us to complain about the exchange rate or point out what others are not doing or are failing to do.
The key questions are:
- What are we producing now?
- What role are our so- called Leaders/ Politicians of today playing?
We are forever shying away from responsibility whereas it is a stack reality and if we don’t deal with it, it won’t go away. In fact it will get worse.
To our dear Politicians, if you don’t have the capacity to RESET Nigeria to what it was at least back in 1980 then please stay in your house and don’t waste our time.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH !!!