I recently visited two Middle East Countries: Oman and Qatar on a Leadership Mission sponsored by their government. It was an eye opener. I was impressed.
During the trip in April 2009, I had the opportunity to tour the country and meet with some of their government officials; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Central Bank Governor, Vice Chancellor of their university, and so forth. For example in 1970, Oman had only 7 km of tarred road, 2 elementary school and one healthcare center they called hospital, and the capital Muscat got closed by 6pm as the gate to the city was locked.
Today, Oman has everything. Its per capital is about $25,000 with 87% literacy level, and has one of the most stable and prospelling economies in that part of the world. Oman has a water desalination plant that produces 33 millions a day above their daily need. Their currency called Rial, exchanges at the rate of RO0.38 to $1.00, meaning one has to have about $3m to be a millionaire in Oman. One of the pictures showed the delegate about 8 of us selected from across US at the Ambassador's Club in Muscat and hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The reception was attended by the minister and all his top aides.
For Nigeria by 1970, it had more than Oman. But where is thy Nigeria today? A billion naira question.
ejike e okpa ii
Next Generation Fellow
The American Assembly
Re: Leadership Visit In Qatar And Oman
Kalu31 posted on 07-15-2009, 05:44:42 AM
we lost our way in the 1970's a combination of being ruled by illitrates and a large population.
if we can get back to representative government, fiscal federalism, we just might pull ourselfs out of this hole we find ourselves in