Over a decade ago, a popular lexicon appeared in Nigeria. As a young child, I couldn’t trace the history of this word as it appeared complex for my understanding. This term was like a bee buzzing over the nooks and crannies of the Nigerian sphere. This particular term was Vision 2020.
Thanks to goodness we are in year 2020. A year in which the hope of Nigerians is high as regards the government fulfilling the demands of the proposed vision 2020. The herald of this vision has been the talk of the town for a decade. However, the volume of the speaker airing this vision to the ears of Nigerians and the world has suddenly been reduced, and with the look of things, the vision which once became the talk of the town might suddenly be a noise
In reality, the Nigerian government aimed at positioning the Nigerian economy to become among the first in the world. Several plans were put into place to achieve and make this vision a reality. Some of these include: budget allocation, inauguration of several groups and committees both in the private and public sector, sectoral allocation among others. All these were drivers towards realising the goals and objectives of the vision.
Historically, many countries have attempted this at one point or the other. Examples included Singapore under Lee Kuan Yew, China under Zedong Mao. Other countries included Japan and the Former Soviet Union (USSR), now Russia. All these worked effectively, but the reverse is the case in Nigeria. Though, we are in the first quarter of the year 2020 and it will be a rash thinking concluding that the vision is not feasible. However, from the standpoint of reality, it is easier to say that the vision is vague, lacks direction and in real terms unachievable.
Several areas such as education, security, human capital development, infrastructure are battling with one challenge or the other. Some other areas lack a trajectory. There is no accurate compass which can be followed and which can also serve as the basis of making judgements, assumptions or decisions.
My esteemed audience, what’s your take on this issue? Do you think Nigeria as a country can achieve the vision 2020 before the end of year or perhaps do yuu think the vision is just mere and wishful thinking. I ld be glad to hear your opinions in the comments section? Have a lovely Wednesday.