Visiting the slum of Oworonshoki in Lagos

Visiting the slum of Oworonshoki in Lagos

In the midst of enormous wealth, citizens of Nigeria die like pests in Lagos slums. These slums breed diseases and causes death of many. In its vision to become a forerunner in the provision of social housing in Nigeria, SpringAidInt'lD visited one of the slums of Lagos, Oworonshoki. The aim of the visit was to understudy the possibility of extending SpringAidInt'lD's vision of providing descent and low cost affordable houses to the poor who are unable to access conventional housing. It was pathetic to see the conditions under which people live. The situation of these people should be a burden on the consciences of the leaders, the rich and those who have the means to help give them a humane and dignified life but choose to do nothing. We spoke with dwellers of this slum, some community leaders and some local politicians who chose to speak in anonymity.

The govenment has plans for this and other slum areas. the question left unanswered is when would the government recognize that having a decent housing is a human right. It is the responsibility of every government to ensure that its citizen live like human being not like animals. The contexts in which political leaders are trained and emerge together with the subsequent visions they develop are often world apart from the real life and needs of the people they lead. This is perhaps why our politics does not serve the common good. It is often an instrument for the fight for power, with the motive to personal aggrandizement and for serving sectorial interests. Politics is meant to be a system for managing processes where one is accountable to the people. It has, however, become a system for obtaining power, positions and entrenching oneself in power as long as one has the tenacity and can command and control with impunity. Capital has been given priority over work in our age in such a way that we are all under the power influence of capital and no longer know what capital is menat for. Our world today with all the means at its disposal ought not to have any business with inequality and povery, which are ther greatest scourges of our age.

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