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Our Roads, Our Minds, On a Path of Cleansing!

On our roads, our minds, on a path of cleansing, I write thus:

What better way is there to describe the state of our roads and the barefaced callous rape of our right to have decent ones? It seems everything and everyone is working against the provision of good roads and good road network. From the Shagamu-Ore-Benin Express Road, Abuja-Kano-Maiduguri Express Road to Lagos-Ibadan Express Road, no tangible/visible progress can be said to have been made on any of these three while over one hundred and sixteen billion naira contracts have been approved by the Federal Executive Council for their rehabilitation.

The questions begging answers should be:

  • Are these white elephant projects?
  • Have these contracts been awarded?
  • Are the contractors competent?
  • Are funds being disbursed and utilized appropriately according to the terms of the project?
  • Are there assigned milestones/timelines and are they been monitored accordingly?

Questions, questions and more questions, yet not a single answer!

Sometime in October 2011, senator Ayogu Eze said and I quote; “We must get our roads right if we must attract foreign investors into the country.” This must have informed the decision for the award of the repair project with the Lagos-Ibadan road chosen as the pilot project awarded July 2011 to a construction firm, Bi-Courtney Construction. The minister of works further emphasized at the commissioning ceremony that; “For the government, this road is important as it is the busiest express road in the country”. The expectation of the country and Nigerians in the least is to see visible changes on the road before the next raining season, according to Victorson Agbenson in his editorial commentary titled The State Of Nigerian Roads And Contracts Execution”. Another raining season is here, progress is nothing to write about.

What are all these fuss about roads and its derelict state anyway?

The awful and dreadful state of Nigerian roads has occasioned major loss of lives ensuing from repeated vehicular accidents which are oftentimes ghastly. It was reported that former Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, in a lecture recently described Nigerian roads as “worse than those in war devastated Iraq and Afghanistan” If that be the case, our situation is pitiable!

Like our roads, a great lot has happened to our minds, it is in a state of utmost disrepair, it begs for a renewing as well as cleansing. I advise you don’t contract a Bi-Courtney to deal with yours! Little wonder I find a matching in the two, the state of our roads and our minds! And there is a point where the two even meet; when you are driving, Eureka!

I will tell you, it’s our mind, our selfish mind which keeps telling us to steal, to kill and to destroy! Steal the money, kill the business and destroy the economy! Sounds similar to something you have heard somewhere?

It is our mind that tells us even as bad as the road is not to give way to the other driver. It is in our mind that we throw caution into the air and put a vehicle that is not roadworthy on the road. It is in our mind that we decide to drive one-way despite the traffic-sign. It is in our mind that we decide to jump/beat traffic lights. It is in our mind that we decide a lot of things and you know why? It is the state of our minds just like the state of our roads! A good book says somewhere that “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked, who can know it”

How different is our mind from our heart? My best attempt at explaining this is “The heart plans it, the mind actions it”

Keep your heart with all diligence; cleanse your mind while at it. Because out of them both comes the issues of life, your life, our lives!

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Posted by on June 22, 2012 in Personal

 

Passion, Pain and Pleasure

Of Passion, Pain and Pleasure, I write thus:

 It seems to me that these three are somewhat connected, give it a thought for a moment.

Pain always has a part to play in the history of success which in turn yields pleasure and of course what you toil doggedly for must be something you are passionate about!

Although it is not all the time they have each other’s consent on a journey, they often are an unwilling passengers in the same vehicle of life. Indeed they should, by the very nature of the definition of each of them. You will expect that one will be passionate about what he/she loves doing, hate pain even with a passion and wait for this, love pleasure with a passion…… funny isn’t it that passion seems to be a constant?

 When you painstakingly prepare for an exam, a sales pitch or a presentation passionately, your pleasure results from the success that ensues and the accolades that pours in afterwards, the satisfaction and elation of a job well done and the reward.

Therefore I leave you with this befitting quote from the good book, “But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you” (1 Peter 5:10)

 I guess you see your passion, pain and pleasure in there… happy TGIF!

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2012 in Personal

 

Smile n Laughter

On Smile and Laughter, I write thus:

I often wonder the difference between a smile and laughter, how deep are they? Some say a smile is a parting of the lips sometimes accompanied by a show of the dentition, some say it is a facial expression formed by flexing the muscles near both ends of the mouth while some say a smile can also be found around the eyes. A smile costs nothing and doles out a lot, it enriches those who receive without impoverishing those who give.

A smile has no value until it occurs, it can change moods, relieves stress and most of all, it is contagious. And if ever you stumble upon someone who needs a smile, be generous by giving yours. Remember, a smile is a universal language comprehensible by all!

Smiling is the beginning of laughter, an inward feeling of joy and pleasure which is considered a visual expression of happiness. It may ensue from hearing a joke, being tickled, or other stimuli. It is in most cases a very pleasant sensation. Laughter is your birthright, a natural part of life that is innate and inborn. Infants begin smiling during the first weeks of life and laugh out loud within months of being born. It is sometimes seen as contagious, laughter really is contagious, just hearing laughter primes your brain and readies you to smile and join in on the fun. It can also be perceived depending on the mood of the people around you as an irritant, very much unlike a smile!

A smile can never be misconstrued even when offered to an enemy, hence I rather smile!

Since it’s TGIF and a smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks, please wear one and warm your way into someone’s heart today.

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2012 in Personal

 

Hope, Courage n Faith

Of Hope, Courage and Faith, I write thus:

I seem to see them in threes these days, and why not, after all three is divine, remember the trinity?

Which of these; hope, courage and faith comes first? A tough question to ask, which draws the other, a puzzle, can one survive without the others, a mystery!

Hope is anticipation, a wish, a desire, a yearning, a longing for a thing. Faith on the other hand is likened to reliance, assurance, conviction, believe and trust.

Faith is like when you take the first step when climbing the stairs in the dark despite the fact that you can’t see the whole staircase or the landing, but you believe it is there.

Of hope and faith, you need courage! It is often said we walk by faith not by sight, this is easier said than done. Without courage and determination we soon abandon hope and faith, for it is said when hope lingers, the heart is discouraged.

Hope is a good thing, maybe the best thing, and no good thing ever dies when you have faith and are encouraged!

Remember David encouraged himself in the LORD! (Not in anyone)

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2012 in Personal

 

e-friendship

On e-friendship, I write thus……

I chuckled with the thought of doing this piece, then I smiled and slowly started to laugh……

My first recollection of friendship takes me back to the days of pen pals. Then details of men, women, boys and girls seeking pen pals are advertised on magazines. I remember my brothers had varieties of such magazines and I waited my turn to read. It usually takes 3 days if they are not too busy (there were and still four boys ahead of me in the family).

When I eventually settle to it, I will read the manifesto of each pen pal advert noting age, sex, likes and dislikes location and most of all interests. Once decided, I then sit down to compose an application-like response with the best of handwriting (we mostly write cursively then) or beg someone with a better handwriting to help out, depending on my level of desperation for this pen-pal. This is important knowing the person on the other side will make a judgment call based on the presentation of my response, so it is important to appear and sound good as well as convincing. Once this is done, the next thing is to get it posted and keep fingers crossed expecting a reply which sometimes never comes or if you are lucky in a month or two.

The experience described above is akin to what obtains these days with the various chatting, friendship, dating platforms/applications that abound. The only difference is that it is much faster and shallow in relationship content, a peculiarity of ubiquitous or commodity items. It’s all about instant accept/reject, spontaneous add/delete and occasional impulsive ignore. Long hours of chatting about nothing, annoying recycling of jokes, unwanted PINGs, BUZZes, SMSes and Tweets are the characteristics of the friendship platforms these days.

Gone are the thrills of anticipation of a reply from a letter you crafted over a week explaining things that happened since the last letter (now mail) was sent or even a month while you were waiting for the reply that you read over and over again and compared with the previous ones. These days everything is instant, welcome to the jet age of the generation X.

The good thing is, you my e-pals will receive this once I press my send button

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2012 in Personal

 

Change!

What is change?

Change is inevitable, from the day we are born to the day we die. It is one transformation to the other, we crawl, we walk, we run, we learn, we make friends, we love, we fight and we make up, then we love some more and fight some more and it goes on and on……

Change can be interpreted to mean becoming different, to lay aside, to abandon and leave for another, to undergo alteration, transformation or transition, to go from one phase to another.

Change can be for good or bad, but a sure reality is to know that no change occur without inconvenience. A Job, an apartment, an automobile, friends, who is to blame for been comfortable in your space? A promotion is a positive change and a job loss is potentially a negative change. Why change a thing if it’s working for you? After all, “don’t change horses in midstream” goes a popular saying.

But hey, A new broom sweeps cleaner……. We change every day, I remember me with a clean face sometime back, now I have to shave every day, I once wore a size 6 pair of shoes and size 10 shirt, now I am bigfoot size 9 and 16.5 shirt size (that’s for your information in case you want to buy me any), not to mention additional eye glasses (it has become impossible to read unassisted).

My point, there is time for everything; we must understand the inevitability of change and its timing! A stitch in time saves nine. There is time for everything; a time to sow, a time to harvest, a time to work, and a time to play. These are changes, though seasonal or cyclical, recognizing when to make the change is a critical success factor (Eccl 9:11, talks about time and chance).

We constantly change, we must change, and it is the only thing that is constant and inevitable…. just as the day must anticipate the night and vice versa so must we anticipate changes in our lives. Rest assured that it will come and we must be prepared. Be not comfortable in your present space; look forward to a change every day, think of the next level…….

A change is coming……. for the better!

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2012 in Personal

 

Hate n Hurt

Hate and hurt are children of the same father, both are negative vibes and destroys like a deadly virus. One manifest outwardly while the other eats deep into the very existence of a being quietly but sadly. Each sometimes trigger the other and most often manifest as a result of the other.

To hate you must have been hurt, to hurt you must hate alas!

I will rather love, because love covers a multitude of sins, hurt and hate inclusive (1 Peter 4:8; Proverbs 10:12). You must let go of the past, you must forgive and you must forget. I hear you say it is difficult, but I say it is achievable!

I write this to those hating and hurting right now, it’s time to let go and let God!

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2012 in Personal