Giftedminds® https://giftedminds.com.ng Insightful. Explicit. Informative. Thu, 22 Oct 2020 14:30:35 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://i0.wp.com/giftedminds.com.ng/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/cropped-1541313167832.jpg?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Giftedminds® https://giftedminds.com.ng 32 32 156520530 Nigerian Youth Arise… https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/nigerian-youth-arise/ https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/nigerian-youth-arise/#respond Thu, 22 Oct 2020 12:37:32 +0000 http://giftedminds.com.ng/?p=10794 The ark of moral universe may be long, but it bends towards justice. Martin Luther King Jr The past few days have been dreadful days, most especially, if you are a Nigerian; her residents or you entertain a degree of goodwill for her. This is because we have realised that power lies in our hands […]

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The ark of moral universe may be long, but it bends towards justice.

Martin Luther King Jr


The past few days have been dreadful days, most especially, if you are a Nigerian; her residents or you entertain a degree of goodwill for her.

This is because we have realised that power lies in our hands and we have summon the courage to show those in positions of authority how we want to be governed.

At least, our wellbeing matters. And we are ready to go all out for it. The messages are clear.

Anybody who hear the stories behind the grievances and grouses of Nigerians will commend us for the patience, hope and patriotism exercised towards upholding unity as a means of stabilising the country.

But now, it is a lost battle to the government.

At least, that the youth can rise against the brutality, impunity and injustice of a unit of the Nigerian Police Force known as F-SARS, shows that we are ready be responsible for our wellbeing by demanding transparency and accountability in our public spheres.

Donald J. Trump says, “If people waited for everything to be perfect before attempting anything, the world would be in a sorry state.”

As one of the victims of F-SARS’ harassment, extortion and abuses, my feeling is heightened that we have rediscover our vigour to send message in clear terms to those at the helms of affairs that we are tired of being goaded by those we entrusted with our liberty, security, rights and privileges.

I hope never again would we have such irresponsible personnel representing us in security uniforms!

To me personally, I think the end to this F-SARS menace is long overdue. But because we are bound to be patronising opportunists; those who are riddled with negligence, complacency and procrastination; waddle in cluelessness, mediocrity and bereft of ideas, we wallow in this pathetic state.

But it is true that nothing can stop the idea whose time has come.

Since 2016, when Amnesty International released a damning reports of the attrocities of the Nigerian Police Force, specifically the F-SARS, measures would have been put in place to address the overboard and lawlessness being perpetrated by those officers.

However, because government herself pays no respect for lives and properties of her subjects, which simply symbolised that she condoned with the evil practices of F-SARS, it takes the guts of citizens to show government the right way.

Plato once remarked that “…evil is not a principle of strength, but of discord and dissolution.”

That, such a report from an international human rights advocacy groups cannot compel our government to look into the state of affairs of F-SARS means no magnitude of evil or injustice at local front can propel her to either investigate the immorality of F-SARS personnel, or to restructure their modus operandi.

So, Plato was right in one of his Classical Maxims that “For an oracle says that when a man of brass or iron guards the State, it will be destroyed.”

That is why innocent citizens were maimed, roasted, killed, raped, and roped in exchange for criminals just because they cannot pay bail fee!

Many people have been victimised. Their discrepancies know no bounds; neither the mighties nor lowly.

My heart aches when I heard the story of Seyi Akinade; a bitcoin dealer and final year student of the Federal University Abeokuta, who committed suicide because he, unfortunately couldn’t log-out his account when he was trading before he was being harassed and molested by men of F-SARS.

What would one say to the alleged killing of Tiyamiyu Kazeem popularly known as Kaka, in Ogun State? A bright lad and prospect, who was about to etched his name on the heart of Nigerians as one of the modern day most gifted and talented football players got killed in such a controversial circumstance.

What of Modebayo Awosika and many more victims whose space can’t permit me to mention.

Nobody has ever been brought to justice among the officers of F-SARS. They are always right because they ate legally allowed to bear arms.

Yusuf Olaolu Ali rightly noted, “Killing another person unjustly is equivalent to killing the whole of humanity…”

Nigerians may not be dying physically every day, but they are killing our hope, aspirations.

Our sense of commonality that binds us as citizens of Nigeria is being bullied every day through unjust and unfair treatment of a government establishments.

Have we all put the words of Plato, “To do injustice is said to be a good; to suffer injustice is an evil,” into the waste bin?

Nigerians should be reminded that the battle has just begun and we should be ready.

This is because, F-SARS is not the only government establishment abusing our privilege. There are others.

Abuses, mediocrity and harassments of people’s privilege are some of the intricacies underpinning and undergirding how our institutions are configured. And now that they have seen the power we wield by forcing F-SARS out of the game, they may go extra-length to suppress our will.

We have to be relentless in this course.

Nigerians – both at home and Diaspora – should keep raising our voices in the quest of shaping the future to what our forefathers envisioned.

We should be courageous but humane and ethical as we take our turn to demand for justice.

We should exhibit selflessness and companionship as we face a new order.

Our strength should lie in the words of Tatalo Alamu that “No nation that hopes to survive can avoid routine and periodic restructuring.”

A quest like this is inevitable.

For I believe that as time catches up with F-SARS, so it will with all government, agencies, parastatals, bodies, ministries, departments, politicians or political parties.

Nigerians deserved to be governed in consistent with our aspirations, using love to build strength and faith. It is when these become the principles and epithets to our social ideals that the labour of our past heroes would not be in vain.

Let’s keep serving Nigeria with all our heart and might, so that we can birth a nation where freedom, peace, unity, justice reigns.

SULYMAN, Sodeeq Abdulakeem is a Librarian, Writer who co-authored the book “Responsible Living: Live to Fulfill Your Potential.”

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Factors that led to the amalgamation of Nigeria in 1914 https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/the-amalgamation-of-nigeria/ https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/the-amalgamation-of-nigeria/#respond Wed, 21 Oct 2020 12:50:53 +0000 http://giftedminds.com.ng/?p=10826 The amalgamation of the three areas that existed separately between 1861 and 1913 to form Nigeria was due to some reasons. INCREASED REVENUE IN THE SOUTH Between 1900 and 1913, there was a steady increase in the revenue of the southern protectorate while British treasury continued to give subsidy to the northern protectorate. The southern […]

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The amalgamation of the three areas that existed separately between 1861 and 1913 to form Nigeria was due to some reasons.

INCREASED REVENUE IN THE SOUTH

Between 1900 and 1913, there was a steady increase in the revenue of the southern protectorate while British treasury continued to give subsidy to the northern protectorate.

The southern protectorate got much revenue from the sale of palm produce, cocoa and rubber while the northern protectorate had no visible source of revenue.

As a result of this, the imperial government in Britain sent regular grants of £300,000 yearly to the Northern protectorate. This implied that tax payers’ money in Britain was being used in running a colonial territory.

This act was criticized by British citizens. The British colonial office in London, therefore, advised the colonial government in Nigeria to use the revenue derived from the southern protectorate to balance the ailing economy of the northern protectorate.

Another economic reason was the desire to establish a transportation policy for the two protectorates. The northern protectorate was land-lock while the southern protectorate had links with the Atlantic Ocean.

The colonial government felt that the rich southern protectorate could assist the northern protectorate until the later became self-supporting. The northern protectorate was then linked to the southern protectorate through road and railway systems.

THE NEED TO CONCENTRATE EFFECTIVE POWER AT THE CENTRE

Before the amalgamation exercise, governmental powers were shared among the administrative areas namely the protectorates and the colony of Lagos. There was no effective co-ordination among these bodies.

The imperial government decided to concentrate all governmental powers on the Governor. This was done based on two reasons.

First, the imperial government wanted to have effective control of all her colonies as this would minimize the cost of personnel and administration.

Second, the imperial government wanted to form a political union of the colony of Lagos, the southern and northern protectorates.

OUTLET TO THE SEA

The northern protectorate was land locked and had no assess to the sea. This created transportation problem. Goods and people could not be easily transported to the Atlantic Ocean. The colonial government had to spend a lot of money to get people and goods transported from the north to the south.

NEED FOR EFFECTIVE CONTROL

Both the northern and southern protectorates were owned by the British but governed differently. In view of this, the colonial government in London wanted to have full control of the political and economic affairs of the whole colony of Nigeria.

The government wanted the activities of the two protectorates centralized under one authority. This would make for the effective and uniform administration of the colony.

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Underrating People: Here is why you should stop! https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/underrating-people/ https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/underrating-people/#comments Fri, 16 Oct 2020 10:57:49 +0000 http://giftedminds.com.ng/?p=10578 I have never met a man who was not my superior in some particular.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Life and nature are configured to exist in steps and layers. They operate like that because the stage we are today either lifts us up or drags us down, and the layer we are opening today may […]

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I have never met a man who was not my superior in some particular.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life and nature are configured to exist in steps and layers. They operate like that because the stage we are today either lifts us up or drags us down, and the layer we are opening today may either be favourable to us or otherwise. Whichever step or layer we are, we have to understand that, we must not underrate anyone.

Because life evolves, it is very difficult for anyone to predict or determine what may happen tomorrow. Having this notion at the back of our mind will not only enjoin us to be respecting other people, but it also becomes the background for exhibiting humanness, tolerance, leniency, servitude, rectitude and candour towards other people.

Sometimes when you look at what you currently possess, you may be overwhelmed with those things. But you create a problem for yourself when you allow what you are currently having to predominate how you describe other people’s lives and undervalue them. What you currently possess is a trial for your own well being, too. Rory Vaden submitted, “Success is never owned; it is only rented and the rent is due every day.”

Let me share a secret with you, which you won’t regret if you can integrate it with the principles which your life is built: Always have it at the back of your mind that God deposited in every man, an infinite and abundant gift, which man deserves to be respected and showered with love for. So, if you can’t drive people to their purpose, don’t drag them of its track!

In this era that is challenging than ever, underrating people is not another attitude to inculcate to compound people’s woes. People need, more than ever, those who can help them discover themselves in overcoming life challenges, those who can support them in navigating life challenges, and not those who shrink their vigour with unpleasant and discriminating attitudes.

It is important to note that some people are not underrated by individuals around them. They are the ones underrating themselves. These people are patients of insecurity and inferiority complex. Some of them might have discovered their potential. But because they are scared of being judged or criticised for what they have done, they are underrating themselves.

And by doing so, they are giving approval to people around them to be looking down on them. Let me tell you something: If you come across patients of insecurity or inferiority complex, please, find a means of relieving and comforting them; don’t victimise them. Make yourself an apostle that speaks miracle to their lives by telling them the words of Gary Zukav that “…when you align your personality with your purpose, no one can touch you.”

This is what Lord Randolph Churchill – the father of Winston Churchill – did to Alexander Fleming – the physician who eventually saved Winston Churchill’s life during the Second World War. Around the 1890s, as a lawmaker, Randolph was travelling through Darvel, United Kingdom, when Fleming was wandering the bush.

Randolph was surprised. He asked Fleming whom he was and what he was searching for in the bush. Fleming told Randolph that he might truly be lost in the world, but in his mind, he knows where he is heading. Fleming proposed to Randolph if he could help him become a medical doctor. Randolph accepted Fleming’s proposal, and he duly supported him in becoming a renowned microbiologist and medical doctor.

Aside from the scientific breakthroughs, Fleming was the physician who saved Winston Churchill – Randolph Churchill’s son – when he was injured during the Second World War! Ask yourself this question: Who could have saved Winston Churchill, if his father had underrated Alexander Fleming? Because Randolph appreciated Fleming’s insights and helped him forge his true identity, he was active in Winston’s story for their lifetime.

It is true that life evolves and revolves. But it only evolves when we create room for others to discover themselves and break bounds; when we allow them to flourish in what they are made of, not what we make for them. Whereas life revolves when the cycle of change favours a set of people and restricts some people from exploring the possibilities of life.

What you do to help people appreciate themselves not only speak about them; it also speaks about your worth, your value and vision. Don’t assume what you are expected to do will be to mean to make a difference. Make adding value to people – no matter their status – an attitude you cultivates. Winston Churchill affirmed that “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”

SULYMAN, Sodeeq Abdulakeem is a Librarian, Writer who co-authored the book “Responsible Living: Live to Fulfill Your Potential.

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If Only || Aremu Adesola https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/if-only-poetry/ https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/if-only-poetry/#respond Tue, 13 Oct 2020 13:03:22 +0000 http://giftedminds.com.ng/?p=10797 If Only is poetry by Aremua Adesola that elaborates on the importance of self-discovery and societal acceptance. If Only we know ourselves… If Only If only the moon can split To carve True Lovers If only I can fly To see the World in Whole If only the earth can quake To birth out Dragon’s […]

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If Only is poetry by Aremua Adesola that elaborates on the importance of self-discovery and societal acceptance. If Only we know ourselves…

If Only

If only the moon can split

To carve True Lovers

If only I can fly

To see the World in Whole

If only the earth can quake

To birth out Dragon’s egg

Round edge with blazing fire

A mystery that’ll attract the eyes

If only I can find a Candle

That can burn midday to midday

Then I can sleep in Light

Peacefully in my night hour

If only the star can shine

Through the sun

Then it leaves a possibility

That I can shine like the Sun

If only Our Heart

Can be content with what we have

Then Our Pathway

Can be paved with gold

If only we can behold beauty

Unicorn can be owned by all

Holding them dear to Our lives

For we posses something that’s rare

If only we know ourselves

And believe in yourself

Nobody would have defined us

For we are the definition of Our Lives.

If Only is poetry by Aremua Adesola that elaborates on the importance of self-discovery and societal acceptance. If Only we know ourselves

(c) Aremu Adesola

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Sales strategy for small and medium scales business owners https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/sales-strategy-for-small-and-medium-scales-business-owners/ https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/sales-strategy-for-small-and-medium-scales-business-owners/#respond Sat, 10 Oct 2020 11:23:44 +0000 http://giftedminds.com.ng/?p=10788 In today’s economy, big and small businesses are seeking every opportunity to win sales through competitive advantages. Smart owners of the small business know a sales strategy can create a competitive advantage. Selling consists of two main functions: tactics and strategy. Sales strategy is the planning of sales activities: methods of reaching clients, competitive differences […]

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In today’s economy, big and small businesses are seeking every opportunity to win sales through competitive advantages. Smart owners of the small business know a sales strategy can create a competitive advantage.

Selling consists of two main functions: tactics and strategy.

Sales strategy is the planning of sales activities: methods of reaching clients, competitive differences and resources available.

Tactics involve the day-to-day selling: prospecting, sales process and follow-up.

The tactics of selling are very important but equally vital is the strategy of sales. The advantages are too compelling to ignore.

Some of the competitive advantages of strategic sales planning include:

  • Increased closing ratio by knowing clients hot buttons
  • Improved client loyalty by understanding needs
  • Shorten the sales cycle with outside recommendations
  • Outsell competitors by offering the best solution

The insight gained for a competitive advantage comes from the marketplace, not from your mind. The approaches to use are three.

Look at your client and the outside influences on their business.

Approach these three tiers to understand your customer:

Association: What association does your target customer belong to? Contact the membership and establish a relationship not for selling but to understand their member’s needs.

Suppliers: Identify non-competitive suppliers who sell to your customer. Learn their challenges and look for partner solutions.

Customer: Work directly with your customer and ask them what their needs are and if your business may offer a possible solution.  

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How could planets collide? https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/planets-collide/ https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/planets-collide/#respond Fri, 09 Oct 2020 21:18:27 +0000 http://giftedminds.com.ng/?p=10779 Do planets collide? Why do planets collide? Look up into the sky and see all the stars and planets and you might wonder if there might be a collision someday. But luckily this is not likely to happen. What we fail to realise is how much further away certain stars and planets are from the […]

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Do planets collide? Why do planets collide? Look up into the sky and see all the stars and planets and you might wonder if there might be a collision someday. But luckily this is not likely to happen.

What we fail to realise is how much further away certain stars and planets are from the Earth than others. To get a better idea of this, let’s consider our solar system and its planets.

Let’s imagine your head is the Sun in both size and location in the solar system. Your head is then in the centre of a number of rings of different sizes. These rings are the orbits which the planets travel around the Sun.

With your head as the centre, Mercury is the nearest (about 6 metres away from you), Venus moves around in the second ring (12 metres away), in the third ring is Earth (16 metres from your head), in the fourth is Mars, smaller than Earth, and 25 metres away.

Next is Jupiter, the largest of all the planets, in the sixth ring is Saturn, nearly a city street away, Uranus is nearly two streets away and finally, Pluto, which is nearly four streets away.

Since each of them goes around you in orbit without ever-changing, you can now see why they are not likely to bump into one another.

Do you know that Mars is known as the ‘Red Planet’ because it is covered by a stony desert that contains lots of iron oxide, making it appear a rusty-red colour? At one time Mars had an atmosphere containing oxygen, and valleys through which water may have flowed.

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Nine best ways to manage your human resources https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/manage-your-human-resources/ https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/manage-your-human-resources/#respond Wed, 07 Oct 2020 16:10:01 +0000 http://giftedminds.com.ng/?p=10766 As a general principle of good leadership, the more interest you show in your workers first, the probability of your success will increase. Being human in your relationships with your employees will almost certainly result in greater efficiency and larger profits. According to Rosenbaum’s listing, the following are some of the methods that high person-oriented […]

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As a general principle of good leadership, the more interest you show in your workers first, the probability of your success will increase.

Being human in your relationships with your employees will almost certainly result in greater efficiency and larger profits.

According to Rosenbaum’s listing, the following are some of the methods that high person-oriented leaders would use to motivate staff:

Build workers’ self-esteem – build your employees’ confidence in them by approving their good work and showing them that you expect their best efforts.

Inform employees – good communication within the organization is essential to success. People give their best efforts when they are aware of the purpose of their work. A good leader will explain to staff the reasons for doing a particular activity. He communicates the staff on what he is trying to accomplish and the understanding of how the work will be accomplished.

Delegate authority and responsibility – good leaders know how to delegate authority and responsibility. You achieve results not by doing everything by yourself but by trusting others to accomplish your goals. A leader must use the valuable human asset in the employees to the fullest.

Maintain contact with your employees – use your leadership abilities to maintain personal contact with your immediate colleagues, identify and use each person’s talents, potential, capabilities and abilities most effectively.

Analyse the problem, not the person – it is important to maintain the worker’s self-esteem when recommending a corrective action or giving a corrective instruction. The focus should be the problem instead of the person’s deficiencies.

Apply the reinforcement principle – desirable behaviour should be rewarded immediately because people tend to repeat rewarded behaviour. Be sure that your employee sees the rewards as such. Apply more reward at the outset of a desired behaviour change than when the behaviour change than when the behaviour pattern is established.

Be an active listener – this ensures proper understanding of a problem or complaint and the lines of communication are open for you to discuss a solution to the problem.

Set specific goals and continually review them – set specific, clearly understood, measurable and achievable goals. Achievable goals are not too easy or too difficult but it motivates people and builds self-confidence in people.

Give corrective action on workers’ performance in private – be careful not to discuss the errors of an employee as motivational or corrective speech. Learn to correct your employee one-on-one, rather than criticizing them publicly.

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Plants and animals in deserts; how do they survive? https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/plants-and-animals-in-deserts-how-do-they-survive/ https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/plants-and-animals-in-deserts-how-do-they-survive/#respond Wed, 07 Oct 2020 15:51:26 +0000 http://giftedminds.com.ng/?p=10762 Are there plants and animals in the desert? How do plants and animals survive in deserts? The plants and animals living in hot deserts have all developed ways of conserving or storing water. Cactuses and other succulent plants store water in swollen stems and leaves. Other desert plants have tiny leaves that reduce water loss […]

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Are there plants and animals in the desert? How do plants and animals survive in deserts?

The plants and animals living in hot deserts have all developed ways of conserving or storing water.

Cactuses and other succulent plants store water in swollen stems and leaves.

Other desert plants have tiny leaves that reduce water loss with spines that protect the plant from grazing animals. Their roots may go down as far as 10 metres to reach the water.

Reptiles are common inhabitants of deserts because they are cold-blooded and need heat if they are to remain active.

Most other desert animals are either small burrowing rodents or birds and animals that hide from the Sun among bushes or rocks at the hottest of the day.

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Past development policies in Nigeria and their responsibility https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/development-policies-in-nigeria/ https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/development-policies-in-nigeria/#respond Wed, 07 Oct 2020 07:41:28 +0000 http://giftedminds.com.ng/?p=10747 Nigeria has applied many development policies in the past. They are truly pro-poor policies, but generally gender-neutral. This means that they give no thought to the fact that there are differences between poor men and women. These past development policies in Nigeria included: 1. Agricultural Development Projects (ADPs): To stimulate increased food production and enhance […]

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Nigeria has applied many development policies in the past. They are truly pro-poor policies, but generally gender-neutral. This means that they give no thought to the fact that there are differences between poor men and women.

These past development policies in Nigeria included:

1. Agricultural Development Projects (ADPs): To stimulate increased food production and enhance the income of the rural populace

2. Better Life Programme/Family Support Programme: Aimed at alleviating rural poverty, particularly among women

3. Directorate of Food, Roads and Rural Infrastructure (DFRRI): Responsible for financing construction and rehabilitation of rural infrastructure – road, water supply, earth dams and rural electrification

4. National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA): To encourage smallholder farmers to bring more land under cultivation and thereby improve agricultural output

5. River Basin Development Authority: To raise agricultural productivity as well as the living standards of the populace

6. Strategic Grains Reserve Programme (SGRPs): To achieve stable prices for grains by buying large quantities at harvest period, storing and releasing them during off-season periods when prices are high because of scarcity

7. National Directorate of Employment (NDE): Responsible for vocational skills development and small-scale enterprise programmes designed to combat unemployment

8. Mass Mobilization for Social and Economic Reconstruction: A macro approach at mass mobilization whose aim was to encourage the participation of rural people in their development

9. National Economic Reconstruction Fund (NERFUND): To provide long-term loans at concessionary interest rates to promote small and medium scale industrial projects

10. Community Action Programme for Poverty Alleviation (CAPPA): To improve the living conditions of the poor through targeted cost-effective, demand-driven, promptly delivered programmes and to enhance the productivity of the poor through skill improvement; and to improve the nutritional status of the poor through improved household food security and health practice

11. Family Economic Advancement Programme (FEAP): Established to complement CAPPA

12. Primary Health Care (PHC) Scheme: Aimed at providing at least one health centre in every local government

13. People’s Bank and Community Banks: Designed to make banking services more accessible and extend credit to the poor

14. National Urban Mass Transit: To ease the problem of transport congestion for workers in urban centres

15. Extended Programme on Immunization (EPI): To provide types of immunization as advocated by the WHO and UNICEF

Source Human Development Report, Nigeria, 1998.

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The best way to acquire is to remain empty (a short story) https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/the-best-way-to-acquire-is-to-remain-empty-a-short-story/ https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/the-best-way-to-acquire-is-to-remain-empty-a-short-story/#comments Sat, 03 Oct 2020 19:34:05 +0000 http://giftedminds.com.ng/?p=10720 Many years ago there lived an ancient Chinese Grand Master of Philosophy and martial arts. Students spent many years studying philosophies and truths. One day, an apprentice who was admired by all of his peers went before the wise old master. This was a great honour, for only one apprentice is selected annually. It was […]

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Many years ago there lived an ancient Chinese Grand Master of Philosophy and martial arts. Students spent many years studying philosophies and truths.

One day, an apprentice who was admired by all of his peers went before the wise old master. This was a great honour, for only one apprentice is selected annually.

It was customary at this visit to partake in an ancient ritual, involving a Chinese tea and herb drink, while learning from the great master the secrets of true wisdom and knowledge.

As the student sat down, he began to tell the master all of what he had gained in his four years of study. The student continued with zeal and excitement explaining experience after experience as the master patiently listened.

After a short while, the master began to pour tea into the student’s cup. The student, seemingly unaware, continued to speak. As the master slowly poured the tea, the cup began to run over and the tea spilt onto the table and into the student’s lap, ultimately reaching the floor.

The hot tea scalded the student, causing him to jump up and scream “Master! Why do continue to waste this precious tea?”

The master replied, “son come back when your cup is empty for I cannot fill a cup that is already full.”

Although the story is simple, it conveys an important message: “if you think you already know it all, then there is nothing more to teach you.” Anything else will simply spill out and go to waste. You must first empty your cup! Once your cup is empty, you will begin to realise that “The more you learn, the more you realise how little you know.”

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