Archive | July 2013






There are things they won’t teach in Business School, but are critical to 21st century business. Let’s rub minds on them.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE by Annonymous

God is our ever present help in our time of need.

A girl went to her friends house and she ended up staying longer than planned, and had to walk home alone. She wasn’t afraid because it was a small COMMUNITY and she lived only a few blocks away.

As she walked along under the bike trail Diane asked ‘God to keep her safe from harm and danger’.

When she reached the alley, which was a shortcut to her house, she decided to take it. However, halfway down the alley she noticed a man standing at the end as though he were waiting for her.

She became uneasy and began to pray, asking for ‘God’s protection’. Instantly a comforting feeling of quietness and security wrapped around her, she felt as though someone was walking with her.

When she reached the end of the alley, she walked right past the man and arrived home safely.

The following day, she read in the newspaper that a young girl had been raped,
in the same alley just twenty minutes after she had been there.

Feeling overwhelmed by this tragedy and the fact that it could have been her, she began to weep.

Thanking the Lord for her safety and to help this young woman, she decided to go to the police station.

She felt she could recognize the man, so she told them her story.

The police asked her if she would be willing to look at a lineup to see if she could identify him.

She agreed and immediately pointed out the man she had seen in the alley the night before.

When the man was told he had been identified, he immediately broke down and confessed.

The officer thanked Diane for her bravery and asked if there was anything they could do for her.

She asked if they would ask the man one question. Diane was curious as to why he had not attacked her.

When the policeman asked him, he answered, ‘Because she wasn’t alone’. She had two tall men walking on either side of her.’

Amazingly, whether you believe or not, you’re not alone.

PS: God is always there in your heart and loves you no matter what.

What is the gra…

What is the grammatical role of the following words?
1. Intensity
2. Intense
3. Intensely
4. Intensify

You have been p…

You have been planning to write a book but having a hard time with the first word. Synopsis can help bring that vision to fruition. Here is a book in the making:

PANGS OF VULNERABILITY: A Perspective on Nigerian Health System


Introduction: Images of Vulnerability

Using available statistics show the health and human development index of Nigeria, this chapter forms the background and justification for the book. It is an overview of the challenge of providing healthcare in a nation where resources are scarce, and where the scarcity is intensified by corruption, political instability, and other socio-economic challenges.

Chapter One: Medical Negligence in Perspective – the personnel

This chapter examines the challenge of medical negligence in Nigeria, the factors precipitating negligence, and the cost on individuals, families and the nation. It also captures the framework for medical practice regulation and how to improve on that framework. 

Chapter Two: Medical Negligence in Perspective – the system

This looks at the environmental and socio-economic factors that precipitate medical negligence. The chapter examines medical and healthcare funding, emergency response time, ambulance services, the impact of corruption and the political considerations that affect healthcare funding. This chapter also examines the challenge of maintaining standards in medical education.

Chapter Three: Focus on Primary Healthcare

Primary healthcare addresses the challenge of healthcare provision at the very basic level. This is healthcare that targets the most vulnerable population – women and children. It examines maternal and reproductive health issues, maternal, infant and child mortality, rural healthcare provisions.

Chapter Four: Cultural Issues in Healthcare Provision

There are socio-cultural inhibitions to healthcare access. These range from cultural myths and taboos, religious beliefs, prejudices and stereotypes. It looks at the challenge of stigmatisation of the vulnerable, the impact of poverty and ignorance on access to healthcare.

Chapter Five: Research and Innovation in Tropical Diseases

The quality of solutions that can be proffered for diseases and health conditions that are uniquely African may depend to a large extent on the quality of investment African nations are able and willing to make in developing the framework for research and innovation in tropical diseases. This chapter therefore explores the development of impactful epidemiological research, its progress or setback, with a view to proposing a model for disease control for the different tiers of government.

Chapter Six: Dealing with Avoidable Deaths

This chapter speaks to people who have been hit by the inexplicable pain of losing loved ones to medical negligence. It speaks of trauma management and proposes a model for managing the liabilities that emanate from such circumstances. It looks at the management of avoidable tragedies from the points of legislation, litigation, and humanitarian interventions to stabilise and empower survivors.

Chapter Seven: Restoring Hope and Dignity

This chapter proposes a model for intervention agencies – governments, religious organisations, development institutions as well as interested individuals – to participate in alleviating the vulnerability status of Nigerians in matters of their health. This chapter shall define specific roles for each category of interveners, all in a composite effort to restore the dignity of human life which is at its lowest ebb in Nigeria, and reduce if not eliminate the sufferings and anguish that follow avoidable loss of human life.

On Autonomy for Local Governments

POLITICS OF SUBSIDY   Should local councils be autonomous?

Should the immunity clause for elected executives be removed?

These twin issues are at the core of the debate on the review of the 1999 Nigerian constitution.

For me, the real issues are about the patriotism of the leadership. Easily, the debate about whether local councils should be autonomous or not, bother on who controls and shares the money for local governments.

Anyone who has followed the politics of local governments in Nigeria will find that granting autonomy to local councils will be to transfer power to local politicians, empower them with state resource and enable them to make fiefdoms of this tier of government.

Clearly, the third tier of government in Nigeria has become merely distribution points for resources that should be used to develop local communities.

Take Ogun State for an example, while the governor, Ibikunle Amosun, is busy with his urban renewal programme, building or expanding the state roads, there is not one single road project in the whole of Sagamu and Ikenne local government areas.

With the rains fully arrived, driving from most residential areas to work has become a nightmare for most workers. The roads are flooded and muddied.

In Lagos, a local government chairman in the Yaba area bought almost 200 brand new cars for distribution to various government functionaries and aids and celebrated the commissioning of the vehicles in an elaborate ceremony he called ‘delivering dividends of democracy.’

Tony Blair, former UK prime minister once said that each country needs to define what democracy is to them. So must we redefine federalism. If democracy and federalism means dolling out large sums of money to local politicians who are not accountable to anyone, then such freedoms must be curtailed.

The following suggestions are plausible:

  1. The national assembly should grant local councils fiscal autonomy, but with a proviso that they publish their annual budget for public view;
  2. That they render an account to the accountant-general of the state and the federation on a monthly basis;
  3. That periodically, the state houses of assembly should appoint an independent auditing firm to audit the local council accounts periodically;
  4. That the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission be strengthened to investigate and prosecute cases of financial impropriety at all levels of government;
  5. That citizens be enlightened on the need to make use of the EFCC and other institutions of government established to enhance transparency in government.

Finally, the leadership in Nigeria must understand that he who sows in the wind stands to reap in the whirlwind. Leaders who exploit weaknesses in the Nigerian system to defraud and weaken the system, impoverish the nation and its people must understand that God and the Nigerian people have been patient for a long time, and that patience may be running out.

God bless Nigeria.

When Cultures Come Calling

“Who will the next generation of Nigerians be? Will they be Africans or Europeans?”

Culture Comes Calling

Reinventing. Globalising. Hybridising. These are some of the terms used in describing culture. Fact is, some cultures are phasing out.

‘Globalisation’ and ‘Modernisation’ are dealing such deadly blows on culture that many identities are fast getting off the global culture landscape. The biggest victims are African cultures.

Many think it’s not sophisticated to use speak in their mother tongue, eat local delicacies or dress in indigenous attires. The impact on moral values is also monumental.

That is why the Synopsis cultural renaissance project is designed to help in preserving our culture by first documenting what had been transmitted by oral tradition. The memory of oral tradition has become questionable. It’s time to get it on hard disk.

The time to do it is now, when Baba is still alive with the last stroke of the authentic narrative. While the paramount ruler is still here with a verifiable account of the mythology.

Our culture is our identity. Our identity defines our destiny. So let’s preserve our culture, because it sums our lives.

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Chigozi Eti