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    Wednesday, December 20, 2017

    Behind the scenes (I): The world is far from perfect

    By Elias Gbadamosi

    People close to me have met avoidable deaths as a result of accidents on roads riddled with pot holes wide as goal posts. I know people who have died of ailments like typhoid because they couldn't afford medical care. 

    I have lived in a village like Sobande where no single abode has a toilet; where individuals have to walk miles to get drinking water; where wood is still the only source of cooking energy; where young school children greet you "Gu morin" or "Gulastunoon" as the case may be and where internet access is a luxury.

    I still harbor doubts about my decision to enroll into a graduate program because as we speak, the Nigerian education sector stands on shaky feet. The Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU), Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the National Association of Academic Technicians (NAAT) are on strike. 

    Behind the scenes, the situation is far from perfect for some of us. We face challenges and have our insecurities. It's about not closing our eyes to the realities of our existence. Of standing out firmly for justice and raising our voices for sustainable development. It's about staying strong for the world with confident hope. 
    The world would surely be better for everyone everywhere if we put our strength together and raise our voice collectively. 

    Elias Gbadamosi, IYF Associate Contributor

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