REPAIRS:FRAGILE RURAL COMMUNITIES

Rural Africa communities<voices>are predominately poor and educationally backward.Most indigenous and young people said their parents told them so,they have grown up to see it so and have lived with it for years. This picture is a typical third world countries’ features.

It seems to persist despite the prevailing potentials, in terms of the natural resources, that could be harnessed in the area to economically empower the people. Conventions, bilateral talks by world leaders and affected countries have been adopted and projected to give meaning to life.

This is to improve the  living standards of the people within a partnerships ventures.But the impact is still far from achieving requsite result.These poor rural commnunities with such issues have continued to dot and attracted global voices. 

These communities which are predominantly, small in sizes also have the largest collection of the nation’s population.Political delimitation places them within the jurisdiction of the local government councils;the third tier of government. 

The creation of this polical structure was for easy administration and bring government nearer to the people.This is to facilitate the development of infrastructure in the rural communities and ensure a good living for the people. 

Increasingly, it is now widely accepted that national development; economically,politically, socially and educationally,should be driven from the grassroot.This makes more sense.The reverse would be a lopsided effort that could be in futility. 

This was what the councils were expected to do at the time they were set up.Society then was neighbourly with an eviable community spirit.While this was the essence, what has transpired over the years has appeared to have scuttleed the intentions. 

Supervision over local government activities and how fund should be  used has long being a tossed issues between the federal and state government.The debate and the seemingly uncertainity of effective control line,openned a lophole for local government personnel. They now run the councils as  personal affairs.

Their biggest attention and visible duty seems to be the payment of  workers salaries only.What happens to the remaing amount of  the allocated fund after then, is usually not questioned or investigated. 

One only wonder what will become of the call to question of caretaker committee chairmen  by the Rivers State House of Assembly, to give account of stewardship.The revelation on the floor of the house was outragious.

Where, for example, a chairman who had not more than thirty thousand naira in his acount before assumption of office, now has about a whooping sum of eighteen million naira in two months in office.  

This culture is carried on with impunity;a national challenge and concern, that is. The prolonged non-performance of the local government councils to ensure a healthy living environment has resulted in an endermic rot.It has heightened fears on the minds of both indigenous people and visitors alike.

The youths  have become restive and manefestly angry with the situation. A situation of marked neglect and irrational use of the allocated fund for personal aggradizement by elected or appointed political leaders.

 The anger that has been incurbated over the years is now visible in the speech pattern,activities and levels of relationships among society individuals.A fragmented and fragile communities is what has sufficed. 

 Volitility becomes a ‘sensed’ and a felt fear by a cross section of the society.There is a combined force of anger and hunger.There is low capacity of  the people;youths.The sight of a comtemporary suddenly becoming aflunt is offensive. 

The growing tension from this situation has become the reason often given by corporate companies’ why their operations’ headquarters can not be located in the communities where they scoop large profit.But there is  the complain by indigenous people that they are also largely denied placement with the companies.

Making the society to have a large number of its youths’ population unemployed.This poses threat. When rural community development fund is not used for the provision of good roads,water, education, economically empower the people and provide employment to the youths,it leaves hallow strings of hardship. 

This neglect pricks the fabric of the communities wellbeing<issues>.Often times, the deeper ideological character is not known.At such times, dialogue may fail because trust has been murdered. 

 A television journalist, who was to engage a youth on a media chat, to share his opinion africanews.com  on a plagueing youth and social issues,warned that if all that he said was not reflected in the broadcast, he would smoke out the reporter  from  his hiding place. 

This was an enormous threat but the youth was to risk his position, show his identity on air to damn the consequesis.In a volitile society,as it is prevailing in the Niger Delta,the threat was what taking to heart. 

The village square meeting that would have been used maximally to generate indigenous ideas on local development imperatives is also turned into a theatre where ‘privileged’ persons make speeches for applauds and snack sharing.This forum ,rather should be cultivated to be a ground for repairs of the manifest fragmentation. 

Sustainable development in the spirit of village family neighbourliness is a great essence researchandmedia.ning.com . This will provide the needs of today and solve the problems of tomorrow. Communities’ affairs should be centre of government programmes.

Democratic dividend and community good can also blend to move society forward. The individual members of the community should be trained to develop their capacity, restore confidence and trust for the traditional stool as well.This is the pride of traditional Africa society. 

Government remains a stabilizer,mediator and convener of talk sessions that would seek to repair and rebuild mutual trust where dissatisfaction has  cut deep.Leaders do not know it all.They,therefore should confer with communities<issues> stakeholders on ways of serving the communities effectively. But global voices would continue to make sense.                       

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