Wednesday, 18 September 2013

September Headache & THE GHETTO

In normal circumstances, when a child is born, parents and well wishers congregate to rejoice over the birth of the child.

The child represents Hope for the future.

So when September comes,  this hope for the future needs to get paid. Yes, I mean school fees.

Most people want their kids to attend really good schools that cost an arm, leg and also leave huge dollar stains on them. This is through no fault of the parents, but the Entrepreneurs who recognised failure of the public school education and  have perfected some art of providing ''good'' education for a fee.

Elsewhere, a group of children are not paid in September.

Some of them reside in a settlement called 'THE GHETTO'

Oh No, it is not located in Ajegunle but right behind all the beautiful, big bold houses on the City of David Road in the Victoria Island Extension, Oniru.

In this settlement, rolls of marijuana are sold on trays like the common 'Tom Tom' sweets.

Kids are encouraged to smoke them from the ages of 9 years old. They weed so much that they do not recognize or understand what month of the year it is, much less if they were to be paid school fees.

Most of them though, are remnants from the Kuramo Beach, some others are runaways from Ibadan etc. They have no parents, no guardians. No one to call them to order.

Some of them want to go to school or learn a trade but they are constantly tempted with cigarettes, weed, sex, rape.

Homes are made of Bamboo wood and thick nylons. When they sleep, the wind is their cover. They have no real home to protect them from the elements

I am not a parent, at least not yet.

But I reckon, that you and I can focus on 'THE GHETTO' and get children to school and homes.

Let us layer the September headache with some goodwill and give another child the opportunity to live.

That life will only breed future armed robbers who will steal from you and I to support their bad habits.

So if you don't feel like doing it for charity sake, do it for the future of the children that give you the September headache.

If you do not have the time to personally do this, Invest in NGO's like Destiny Trust (who I personally know have relocated about 20 children to a home in Awoyaya and put them in schools), Slum2School project etc. You can use Google to find out more.

Let our future generation live with less violence, darkness.

Perhaps, a better Nigeria may be born with our actions.

Let us focus on 'THE GHETTO'

***Warning: If you wish to go to 'THE GHETTO', dress down. Or if you want to go, please go with a number of people. And when approached by anyone, please do not display Fear.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

I just discovered Facebook...I am real busy.

I lay out my clothes for the fashion shoot I need to do today (I hope I metioned that I am also the photographer)
My white blouse and black skirt and red 'agbalumo' look alike accessory shall be the first outfit that I shall rotate in, in an effort to take pictures of myself.
Did you see that picture, I have gotten 5 likes from those boys even the ones that don't really know me.
What did I tell you?
I am hot.
Now to the second one, where is that sunglasses I bought in 'Go Slow' ehn? That orange 'glass will go with the white trouser and orange top from 'Atmosphere'. Yes O. Wan gba.
Bisi, where are you now, where is my silver lipstick and chocolate liner, abi, you want to spoil my colour 'combinason' in my photoshoot?
O ya je ki ori e pe. Mscheeeew.
Oya, angle turn, pomo lips in 'pout' style. Gegen, mo so, this is how I do.
That is it, my second picture, I have 7 likes.
Yes, I am officially a babe.
Mscheew, daddy has come home, I shall continue tomorrow, Facebook and I forever..
And this is how the picture taker who just discovered Facebook is seen through my eyes.
And those of y'all who think you are ''tush'' and are laughing, remember you do the same s**t on Instagram.
Gros Bisous

Friday, 6 September 2013

Local Governments- The Inefficiency Machine.

If you did not know, we do have Local Governments in Nigeria. In fact there are over 700 of them spaced out around our great nation.
But I really would like to know what they are doing?
Local Governments are by Legislation, the third tier of the Federal/Administrative Structure of Nigeria. It means in simple language that they are the government closest to the people. They are the government we should know and be able to relate with. In Nigeria, the men at the helm are called Local Government Chairmen and in other countries say America, they are known as 'Mayors'
From the foregoing, I suppose it would fair to expect that citizens in any local government areas know their 'Mayor' and can access him easier than a State Governor.
But Nope, that is not the case.
I have lived in a particular part of Lagos for the last 15years, I do not know what Local Government my residence falls under, much less know the name of the chairman or the building that house him and his 'cronies'
So I asked around and took some time to investigate the duties of a Local government. So yea, read please
Local Governments are to
a. Provide Economic recommendations to the State;
b. Collect  taxes and fees;
c. Establish and maintain cemeteries, burial grounds and homes for the destitute or sick;
d. License bicycles, trucks (other than mechanically propelled trucks), canoes, wheel barrows and carts;
e. Establish, maintain and regulate markets, motor parks and public conveniences;
f. Construct and maintain roads, streets, drains and other public highways, parks, and open spaces;
g. Name roads and streets and number houses;
h. Provide and maintain public transportation and refuse disposal;
I.  Registration of births, deaths and marriages;
j.  Assess privately owned houses or tenements for the purpose of levying such rates as may be prescribed by the House of Assembly of a State; and,
k. Control and regulate of out-door advertising, movement and keeping of pets of all descriptions, shops and kiosks, restaurants and other places for sale of food to the public, and laundries.
Which of the foregoing does your local government do for you?
Oh I know!
Anything that stipulates collection of Taxes, Fees! Anything and everything that can bring income is executed perfectly by our Local Governments.
But  paragraphs C & F are usually left to the State Government to fix. I have never heard (and I stand to be corrected) of any local government that has paid for construction of roads, I can name 3 roads in the area that I stay in that have been bad since I was old enough to pay attention: Oke-Ira Road, Akins Road, and the current Ajah bus stop which is a huge mess). And I suppose if they did do roads, they would do the roads of people who are loyal to the political parties they represent.
I see the boys (high on weed & its like substances) every morning running after public transportation vehicles, charging obscene amounts from drivers trying to make a decent living.
I have not seen an Orphanage run by the Local Government where I reside, instead I have seen them try to tax the orphanages privately run.
It would be normal for one to expect that we conduct town hall meetings to discuss burning Area issues. But I guess the Local Government is kin to the Federal Government, so service to the people is forbidden.
Instead I have heard of Local Government chairmen who own homes in the United states paid for upfront.
And while I have heard that Local Governments face issues of Local Government Autonomy and amount of resources that they actually get, I do not believe that it is sufficient justification for non-performance.
Today, I charge you to ask about your local government, let us start from the bottom, perhaps we might spark change like Lucas says.
It is just through my eyes.
*****Further Information on Local Governments****
Each Local Government Areas is further subdivided into wards with a minimum of ten and a maximum of fifteen.