About His Two Books/Road to Discovery

About His Two Books/ROAD  TO DISCOVERY

Why Further Research Was Carried Out

Introduction

“Without state structures capitalist system turns to survival of the fittest. A recipe for economic policy failures/social instability, as citizen’s resort to self-help, with dire economic/social consequences both for the government and citizens alike. Hence, sustained economic growth/social is impossible”

 

*There is nothing more dangerous in the world today than sincere ignorance* Martin Luther King jnr. Yes an ignorant person stick to what he or she knows and may not be willing to make any changes to the status quo, unless he or she has access to better information on ways and means of doing things better. I have always believed that the low/decayed infrastructure, manifested in the form of dilapidated roads, hospitals that have turned to more consulting clinics, lack of constant power, unnecessary/avoidable level/tempo of stealing of state funds, insecurity, corruption, lack of development manifested in the form of millions of Nigerian/African UNEDUCATED youths, now wasting on the streets, among others, (A common feature in Nigeria/Africa,under capitalist system) was a process of development. My views then, changed when I discovered that Europe (the proponents of capitalist system) are doing very well economically/socially, under the same system. I observed that these climes have good healthcare system, constant power, good roads, good educational system that made it possible for all their citizens to have access to basic education, so the incidence of their future workforce parading the street, UNEDUCATED, is a rare sight in these climes, among others. But most importantly, the level/tempo of stealing of state funds, corruption, poverty etc. is nowhere comparable to what obtains in Nigeria/African climes.

The Million Dollar Question

As an interested observer, I asked and was told that the secret of Europe success lies in planning, investment in her greatest asset (human capital) through alternative, sustainable state structures (social inclusion as a cheap alternative) Based on the research these state structures that uses several workable concepts, such as; social security tax, insurance,mortgages, grants, unemployment benefits, care, credit system, massive investment in food security, transportation, housing etc. to ensure affordability/availability, made it possible for all their citizens (rich or poor) to have access to basic necessities of life. (Whether they have a father, mother, or not). Hence, the immense development that Europe has witnessed, under capitalist system.  I then wrote my two books, titled; Moving from 3rd world 1st effective strategies to alleviate corruption and poverty in Africa. And also another titled: Africa, caught in the web of capitalism, in order to inform Nigeria/African leaders of the urgent need to incorporate a sustainable state structures, so as address not only the level/tempo of stealing of state funds, corruption, poverty etc. but also to bridge the dangerous gap between the rich (minority) and the poor (majority) in Nigeria/Africa, under capitalist system.

Rejection.
Unfortunately, when a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, presented a proposal for the limited introduction of social security system in Nigeria, it was rejected on the grounds that Nigeria is not yet ripe for social security system. So, the question is why did all the nations in the western world put in place a well-organized, comprehensive, social security system (social inclusion) that not only addressed the needs of their citizens (needs that exacerbate the growth of corruption/poverty etc.) But also assured all their citizens that they need not steal or engage in corrupt practices etc. before having access to basic health care, education, housing etc, but could use the state structure to move to the next level of their lives. The question is, is the action of doing so, responsible for the sustained economic growth/social stability that these climes now enjoy under capitalist system? The (researchers) believe that the real reason/s why Africa has remained a cesspit of corruption/poverty etc. under capitalist system would only be revealed through research.

The purpose of the Research

The purpose of the research is to enable Nigerian and African leaders, use its findings to deal with the real root cause of economic policy failures and by extension, the unnecessary/avoidable level/tempo of stealing of state funds (looting) insecurity, corruption, poverty, do or die politics, low/decayed infrastructure, youth restiveness etc. that is a common feature in these climes, under capitalist system. A development, that is dangerously at variance with what currently obtains all over Europe.

The researchers, also commend the federal government of Nigeria and indeed all other African countries, that are making serious effort to reduce the level/tempo of corruption, poverty etc. to the barest minimum. But, note that no “significant changes” would be possible, except both the “manifestations”and the real root cause/s of economic policy failures/social instability, are identified and addressed head on.

Scope of the Research

  • The researchers reviewed the real initial economic direction/social consequences of capitalist system.
  • The researchers also reviewed the social structures currently in place in all capitalist climes in Europe, in order to discover the impact such structures made in the success of capitalist system in these climes.
  • The researchers, in carrying out the above, also took a casual look on the current burning issue in Nigeria. (Restructuring to be or not to be.) We also took a swipe on the real reason/s why African climes, were referred as a *SHITHOLE* by a major world leader, among others.

What the researchers discovered.

      The researchers discovered that despite perceived economic benefits of capitalist system, over socialist system, there is a price to pay. That price is that millions may not be able to have access to basic necessities of life because they are poor. (A common features of the system). The real implication of this is that, many may not be able have access to healthcare, education, housing etc .Whereas, the leaders in UK(Europe) realised this, and then intervened with well organized state/welfare structures, that its centrepiece is human capital development, so as  to enable all her citizens (rich or poor) have access to basic necessities of life,  Nigeria/African leaders ,unfortunately, due to ignorance of dangers of capitalist system, did not. What this means is that Nigeria is among several climes in the third world especially in Africa, that ignorantly runs  a social ideology (survival of the fittest) that gave erroneous impression that that only the rich or those that have money alone, could have access to basic necessities of life.

Major conclusions from the research.

     One of the major conclusions from the research is that without sustainable state/welfare structures to guarantee all citizens (rich or poor) of access to healthcare, education, housing , effective pension schemes etc capitalist system turns to winner takes all system. This is so as citizens realise that money, possession of it, lack of it, determines ones fate. So some citizens resort to anything be it religion, ethnicity, agitation, use of ones position etc to get access to their perceived needs .With dire economic/social consequences. The researchers discovered that,  it is this near animal kingdom version of capitalist system, ignorantly run by Nigerian /African leaders that is responsible for under  development in Africa, under capitalist system. This is so because their citizens are more engrossed with self survival first, hence some see or view any project as opportunity to take care of their immediate/long needs of their families, even at the expense of the state(government), which a state structure would have addressed, as it did for the citizens in Europe.

How state/welfare structures would have changed the socio/economic/political dynamics in Nigeria.

    (A) State structures would have forced politicians in Nigeria, just like their counterparts in Europe, to use improvement in state structures (issue based politics)to solicit for electorate support, instead of fanning the embers of religion, ethnicity etc to do so. That this would have translated to more development for Nigeria and a big blow to religious, ethnic politics etc is to state the facts as it is.

(B) State structures would have made it possible for every Nigerian citizen to have access to healthcare, education, housing etc, hence the incidence of millions of Nigerian youths, uneducated and wasting on the street would have been a thing of the past. But most importantly, state structures would have addressed the real needs of Nigerian workers, while effective pension schemes would have taken care of post requirements needs of the workers. The immediate benefit of this is the reduction in the level/tempo of  stealing of state funds, corruption, poverty ,among others.

  • (C) State structures would not only enhance allegiance to Nigeria by her citizens but rekindle interest in economic stability of the nation.  Again, this is so as citizens realise that state structures made it possible for them to move to the next level of their lives.
  • Strategic facts for Nigeria.
  • What is clear from the research is that Nigeria is held down from developing by a most savage, wrong social ideology.  It is not religion, ethnicity etc, that is responsible for sordid economic/social performance recorded in Nigeria ,under capitalist system but a wrong social ideology that our leaders ignorantly foisted upon us since independence.  A social ideology that literally says to Nigerians, no education, no health care , no housing  etc for you, your children etc because they have no  money. This is what made leaders in  Europe to plan ,invest in their human capital through welfare system.  The researchers discovered that some citizens resort to religion, ethnicity etc just to get access to their perceived needs, but in Europe, citizens see state structures as credible alternative for all their needs.

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Facts from the research.

  • “Ignorance made Nigeria/African leaders to run a social ideology that discourages growth perpetuates poverty etc. Hence, made expected development of these climes IMPOSSIBLE”

Based on the research, spanning over three decades, Nigeria and most climes in the third world, especially in Africa, made two key strategic mistakes in the application and practice of capitalist system. First, the leaders in these climes were ignorant of the initial economic direction of capitalist system. Hence they failed, since independence, to articulate economic policies that would have enabled them benefit from the system, in the form of rapid industrialization, massive generation of employment opportunities, efficient utilization of scarce resources, new ideas, vision, etc. But the greatest strategic mistake made by the leaders of Nigeria/ Africa in the practice of capitalist system, was their failure to realize that, under the system, millions (majority)may not be able to have access to basic necessities of life i.e. healthcare, education, housing, etc. because they are poor or their legitimate income may not meet their real needs. The state (government) MUST INTERVENE with an alternative; sustainable state structures (social inclusion as a cheap alternative)please see below for the dynamics of a state structure.

Whereas, the leaders of Europe realized the dangers of running a system where basic necessities of life, are only for those that have money alone and the threat such poses to sustainable economic growth/social stability, and then INTERVENED  with alternative state structures to enable all citizens have access to basic necessities of life, ignorance of the social consequences of capitalist system, made Nigeria/African leaders not to plan, invest in their human capital, through alternative state structures. So their citizens resorted to self-help (survival of the fittest). This is so as they realize that under the current social dispensation; only those that have money alone could have access to education, healthcare, housing etc. The researchers discovered that the failure of Nigeria/African leaders to make state structures an integral part of their social ideology forced some of their citizens to resort to anything, be it religion, ethnicity, agitations, use of their position, to get access to their perceived needs, which a state structure would have addressed, as it did for the citizens in Europe.

DANGERS OF NIGERIA/AFRICA’S CURRENT SOCIAL IDEOLOGY

The greatest danger of Nigeria/Africa’s current social ideology is that without sustainable state structures that all citizens could use to have access to basic necessities of life i.e. housing, healthcare, education, etc. capitalist system turns to survival of the fittest. This is so, as citizens realize that it is only the rich or those that have money alone, could have access to basic necessities of life. So some citizens see any project, their position etc. as time to corner the resources of their nations,  in order to address the same problem that a state structure would have done, as it did  for the citizens of Europe. Today, when one hears of access to basic necessities of life, for all in Europe, payment of unemployment benefits to unemployed, care of destitute, etc. it is not because Europe have money to throw around but because they realize the dangers of not doing so. Unfortunately, until Nigeria/African leaders do the same, no significant development is possible in these climes.

 

Based on the research, the key to sustainable economic growth/social stability, under capitalist system, lies in planning, investing in the greatest asset of a nation through alternative state structures. It was the failure of Nigerian/African leaders to do so, that is responsible for the millions of Nigerian/African youths that have remained UNEDUCATED and are now wasting on the street. But most importantly, it is responsible for the lack of development in Nigeria/Africa. This is so, because their current social ideology discourages growth, perpetuates poverty, hence made high level/tempo of stealing of state funds, insecurity, Arab spring, brain drain, resort to religion, ethnicity, agitations inevitable.

Political Angle(why Nigerian politicians resort to religion, ethnicity etc.

That the absence of state structures that the politicians in Nigeria/Africa would have improved upon, (issue based politics) made some political leaders in these climes to resort to religion, ethnicity etc. in order to get electorate support, thus leading to further under development of these climes, is to state the facts as it is.

With a state structure in place, politicians in Nigeria will come to realize that the only way to get the electorate to support them is to improve on the state structures they met, (issue based politics) and not by fanning the embers of religion, ethnicity etc. This will translate to more development for Nigeria

Is Religion, Ethnicity Etc. The Real Fundamental Problems of Nigeria/Africa, Under Capitalist System?

Based on the research if the politicians in Nigeria/Africa had met sustainable state structure that assured all citizens of access to basic necessities of life, a state structure that is there for all citizens when they are unemployed, become destitute, orphans, need to have a home, buy equipment etc. they would NEVER resort to religion, ethnicity etc. to get the support of the electorate. They cannot say vote for me because I am from your tribe, practice the same religion with you but rather, use improvement on the state structures (issued based politics) to solicit for support from the electorate. That this would have translated to massive development for Nigeria/Africa, is to state the fact as it is. Unfortunately, the politicians in these climes (in the absence of state structures to use as a yard stick for measurement of performance, as is currently the case all over Europe today) resorted to use religion, ethnicity etc. in order to get access to their perceived needs. These crop of people NEVER love GOD or the people they profess to serve. All they are after is how to line their pockets, because if they did, their citizens would not be lacking basic necessities of life, that other climes have almost consigned to the dustbin of history, in a 21st century. That the presence of sustainable state structures would have changed the dynamics of Nigeria/Africa, under capitalist system, is to state as it is. It is clear based on the research that the real fundamental problems of Nigeria/Africa, under capitalist system are not religion, ethnicity etc. but a wrong, most savage social ideology(antihuman capital development version of capitalist system) that their leaders, ignorantly, since independence foisted upon their citizens. A social ideology that not only reduced their citizens to mere chasers of basic necessities of life, in a world that is becoming more complex by the day, but most importantly, made the development of these climes impossible.

Why Politicians in Europe Cannot Resort To Religion or Ethnicity

One of the greatest benefits of state structures is that, the politicians having met such structures realized that it is only through improvements in the state structures (issue based politics) that they could get the electorates to support them. No need therefore, to resort to religion, ethnicity, etc. as is currently the case in Nigerian/African climes. That, this simply translated to the massive development we see today in Europe, is to state the fact as it is.

THE FOUNDATION OF UNDERDEVLOMENT,HIGH LEVEL/TEMPO OF CORRUPTIO, POVERTY ETC UNDER CAPITALIST SYSTEM.

What is clear from the research is that, the foundation of what we see today i.e. the unnecessary/avoidable level/tempo of stealing of state funds,insecurity corruption, lack of development, resort to religion, ethnicity, agitations etc. was laid by a wrong, most savage social ideology (survival of the fittest) that their leaders, ignorantly foisted upon their citizens, since independence. The researchers confirmed, without iota of doubt, that the fundamental problems of Nigeria, under capitalist system, are not religion, ethnicity etc. (as viewed by many) but a wrong social ideology.

Based on the research Europe is doing well, under capitalist system because their leaders run a different social ideology (human capital development version of capitalist system) from Nigeria. The researchers are of the view (based on the research) that our social ideology perpetuates poverty, discourages growth and hence made high level/tempo of corruption, lack of development, resort to religion, ethnicity etc. inevitable. To put the issues raised in another perceptive, ignorance made Nigerian/African leaders not to address the evils/ dangers inherent in a pure capitalist system, and the consequences of this strategic mistake is what we see today in a 21st century.

 

 

 

ACTION PLANS.

Need For Nigeria to Replicate What Europe Did

If the Federal/State government of Nigeria do not know what to do, then we should replicate some of the state structures that are currently in place in the UK (Europe) here, using concepts such as social security tax, insurance, mortgages, loans, grants, credit system, housing, food security, massive investment in transportation etc. to ensure availability/affordability. Based on the research the key to sustainable economic growth/social stability, under Capitalist System lies in planning, investment in a countries greatest asset (human capital) first through state structures, or citizens resort to self-help (survival of the fittest) with dire economic/social consequences.

On Restructuring

The present composition of Nigeria (ethnicity, religion, cultural etc.) makes “trust” governance impossible. Nigeria, therefore, needs limited restructuring in the areas of devolution of powers, state police (with strict controls). This will allow each federating unit to grow at its own pace, enhance competitiveness, among others. Full blown restructuring (resource control) must NEVER be done, unless the “FEARS” of others are addressed. Please see details in my book.

Others

Economic fallout from the research. Please see the book for details. One thing is clear from the research. Nigeria is blessed with a huge population that comes with a demand for a better life. Nigeria must do the needful, in order to harness such huge population potentials. Please see fallouts from the research in my book.

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Litmus Test of the issues Raised in the Research

To understand the issues raised in the research, drop a child in UK (Europe) and then drop another in Nigeria (Africa) and then come back in twenty five years’ time. The child dropped in Europe may turn out to be the doctor that is treating you, when next you are in Europe on medical trip. But the child dropped in Nigeria, may be one of the UNEDUCATED youths wasting on the streets of Nigeria, without any skill. Based on the research this is so, because Europe saw the dangers of capitalist system and then run a different social ideology that its centerpiece is human capital development. Whereas, Nigeria (Africa) due to ignorance, run a social ideology (Anti human capital development version of capitalist system). Hence, the economic/social problems these climes are going through in a 21st century.

What Europe did differently from Nigeria/Africa. The Key to massive development in Europe.

The leaders of Europe saw the dangers of Capitalist system i.e. the dangers of running a system where basic necessities of life, are only for the rich or those that have money alone and then intervenedby putting in place an alternative, sustainable state structures (social inclusion as a cheap alternative) that all their citizens could use to have access to healthcare, education, housing etc. when the need arises. The researchers discovered that, it is this planning, investment in their greatest asset (human capital) through state structures that now yielded a good result for Europe. This is so, as their citizens realized that through the state structures that they and their generations yet unborn, could have access to healthcare, education, housing, unemployment benefits, care, household equipment, etc. through the state structure. So their citizens have no justification to engage in stealing of state funds/corrupt practices etc. at the level/tempo that some Nigerians/Africans now do because they have an alternative to use, in order to move to the next level. Hence, the low level/tempo of stealing of state funds, corruption, poverty etc. that is now a common feature in these climes.

 

 

 

Europe today, pay unemployment benefits, take care of the vulnerable, ensure that all their citizens (rich or poor) could have access to healthcare, education, housing etc. through the sustainable state structures. This is not because they have money to throw away but because these leaders realized that, running a social ideology where basic necessities are only for those that could afford it, would make their citizens see/view money as a do or die affair. Hence, they would do anything to get money. A recipe for economic policy failures/social instability.

As long as Nigerian/African leaders, ignorantly run a social ideology where education, healthcare, housing etc. are only for the rich or those that have money alone, then their citizens would resort to anything, be it religion, ethnicity, agitations, use of their positions etc. to get access to their needs (needs that exacerbate the growth of corruption/poverty etc.). Which an alternative, sustainable state structures (A cheap “alternative”) would have addressed as it did for the citizens in Europe.I say it without fear of contradictions that religion, ethnicity, agitations etc. are not the fundamental problems of Nigeria/Africa, under Capitalist System. Some citizens are just resorting to these things in order to have access to their perceived needs.

In the light of this research, Nigerian/African leaders must come to terms that capitalist system is “unworkable”, where basic necessities of life, are only for those that have money alone and then plan, invest in their greatest asset (human capital) first, through sustainable state structures. Until this is done, the status quo, i.e. unnecessary/avoidable level/tempo of stealing of state funds, corruption, insecurity, lack of development, poverty, brain drain, Arab spring etc. would remain a common feature in these climes.

Why Stealing of State Funds, Corruption Etc. Remains High In Nigeria/Africa, Under Capitalist System

Nigeria and indeed most climes in the third world especially in Africa, were ignorant of the dangers of pure capitalist system i.e. the dangers of running a system where basic necessities of life, are only for the rich or those that have money alone. It is this ignorance that made the founding fathers of these climes, not to “intervene” with an alternative, sustainable state structures (social inclusion as a cheap alternative) so as to enable all citizens (rich or poor) use such structures to have access to basic necessities of life. So their citizens resorted to self-help (survival of the fittest/near animal kingdom version of capitalism) when they (citizens) realized that, without money, there is no healthcare, no education, no access to accommodation etc. Many, therefore, resorted to the use of anything, be it religion, ethnicity, agitations, use of their positions etc. to get access to their perceived needs (needs that exacerbate the growth of corruption/poverty etc.) which an alternative, sustainable state structures would have addressed as it did for the citizens in Europe.

That Nigeria/Africa’s current social ideology (survival of the fittest) is not only responsible for the millions of their fellow citizens (especially children) wasting on the street and in the same vein, responsible for millions of their workers (majority) that cannot live in on their legitimate income, is to the state the fact as it is. But most importantly, it is responsible for the unnecessary/avoidable level/tempo of stealing of state funds, insecurity, corruption, poverty, lack of development, brain drain (organized slavery) etc. that is now a common feature in these climes, under Capitalist system.

“The state must provide alternative state structures that all citizens can use to move to the next level of their lives or citizens resort to self-help to do so, with dire economic/social consequences.”

 

Key Benefits of State Structures

Some of the key benefits of state structures are;

  1. Reduction of extended family financial burden.
  2. Reduction of brain drain (organized slavery).
  3. Guarantee of access to basic/advance healthcare, education, housing etc. for all.
  4. Reduction of the level/tempo of corruption/poverty etc.
  5. Reduction of the level of inflation as workers could address their real needs through alternative state structures.
  6. Increase in state allegiance.
  7. Reduction of ethnic, religious politics etc.
  8. Opportunity for all to explore, harness their God given potentials for the benefit of mankind. In addition state structures enhance innovations/strategic research. The key to technological breakthroughs.
  9. Guarantee of year in, year out full employment for Nigerians/Africans.

What State Structures Mean/Dynamics of State Structures

State structures are simply the alternatives that citizens could use to move to the next level of their lives, instead of resorting to self-help (survival of the fittest) with dire economic/social consequences for the state (government). It is not a “free meal”, because free meals do not last. It simply recognizes the unworkability of Capitalist System, where basic necessities of life, are only for the rich or those that have money alone and then provides an alternative that citizens could use (when the need arises), instead of engaging in stealing of state funds/corrupt practices etc. to do so. State structures recognize the fact that millions, unfortunately, the majority could never have access to healthcare, education, housing etc. unless the state intervenes with an alternative. It also recognizes the fact that everyone (rich or poor) at one time or the other, needs alternatives to use to move the next level of their lives.

In line with what obtains all over Europe, state structures (A cheap alternative) are simply synchronization of several workable concepts such as; social security tax, insurance, mortgage, grants, loans, yearly budgetary allocation, credit system, massive investment in housing, transportation etc. to ensure availability/affordability. The researchers believe and rightly so, that it is this alternative i.e. planning, investing in Europe’s greatest asset (human capital) through state structures that set apart their citizens forever. Their citizens, therefore, have no justifiable reason to steal state funds/engage in corrupt practices etc. at the level/tempo that some Nigerians now do, because they have an alternative to use to move to the next level. Hence, the massive development that Europe witnessed under Capitalist System.

Extracts from the newspapers on my previous books, titled; *Moving from third world to 1st effective strategies to alleviate corruption and poverty in Africa.*Africa, caught in the web of capitalism.

ERIC MENKITI OLIE

Publications
He authored two books published by Regent publishers. The third book, is about to be released. *Moving from the third world to 1st, effective strategies to alleviate corruption and poverty in Africa. 2006. * Africa. Caught in the web of capitalism 2008. *And yet to be published book, titled; Help; Ignorance destroying Nigeria. The western connection. With sub title; Why Africa may remain under developed/shithole of the world , unless…..

Vision for Africa

Mr. Olie was born under extraordinary circumstances that demanded answers to some burning issues. For example; if it is the same version of capitalism that most African climes subscribe to, why are Africans poor, in the midst of plenty, whereas, the proponents of the system (western nations) are doing well economically/ socially, under the same system? Why is it that, all that Africa has to show after over six decades of embracing capitalist system, is the prevalence of human misery and dangerous inequality? Now manifested in the form of extreme poverty, persistent high corruption/poverty, massive brain drain, lack of development etc. in the midst of plenty. The question is what is it that the leaders of the western nations know about the system (capitalist system) that African leaders did not? What is it that the leaders of Africa did not do, that their counterparts in western nations did?

He believed that no problem could be washed away without addressing the underlying root cause/s of it. He also believes that the almighty God, in his infinite mercies did not limit any race based on color or race and that the greatest limitation to man is ignorance. It is therefore, through research that events thatultimately shape the destiny of mankind were first muted for the benefit of human race. But, most importantly, he believes that Africa could take its pride of place in the comity of nations and be the investor’s choice, among others.

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