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16 Sep, 11 tweets, 2 min read
IN 1980 IT WAS 80 kobo to US$1


We shouldn't be surprised.

We were far more productive in 1980 than we are today

In 1980 the key reasons for economic growth were are as follows:
1) We were a net exporter of refined petroleum products. Today we import all our refined petroleum products.

2) We rode in locally assembled cars, buses and trucks.
-Peugeot cars in Kaduna and Volkswagen cars in Lagos.
-Leyland in Ibadan and ANAMCO in Enugu produced our buses and trucks.

-Steyr at Bauchi producing our Agricultural tractors.

And it was not just Assembly, we were producing many of the components.

-Vono products in Lagos producing the seats.
-Exide in Ibadan producing the
tteries, not just for Nigeria but for the entire West Africa.

-Isoglass and TSG in Ibadan producing the windshields.

-Ferodo in Ibadan producing the brake pads and discs

-Tyres produced by Dunlop in Lagos and Michelin in Port Harcourt.

-And I mean tyres produced from rubber
plantations located in Rivers State.

3) We were listening to Radio and watching television sets assembled in Ibadan by Sanyo.

4) We were using refrigerators, freezers and Airconditioners produced by Thermocool and Sanyo.

5) We were putting on clothes produced from the UNTL
textile mills in Kaduna and Chellarams in Lagos.

Not from imported cotton but from cotton grown in Nigeria.

6) Our water was running through pipes produced by Kwalipipe in Kano.

7) Our toilets were fitted with WC produced at Kano and Abeokuta.

8.) We were cooking with LPG
gas stored inside gas cylinders produced at the NGC factory in Ibadan.

9) Our electricity was flowing through cables produced by the Nigerian wire and Cable, Ibadan and Kablemetal in Lagos and Port Harcourt.

10) We had Bata and Lennards producing the shoes we were putting on
Not from imported leather but from locally tanned leather at Kaduna.

11) We were mainly flying our Airways, the Nigeria Airways, to most places in the world.
The Airways was about the biggest in Africa at that time.

12) Most of the food we eat were being grown or produced
in Nigeria.

We were producing all of the above and more in 1980

Today, we import almost everything.

There lies the source of the terrible exchange rate we are experiencing today and everybody reading this has a critical role to play in reversing this very UGLY trend.

It is
not enough for us to complain about the exchange rate or point out what others are not doing or are failing to do, the key question is what are we producing or what are we planning to produce?

Going forward, it's time to ponder and think of the way forward progressivesly before
it's TOO LATE.

Credit goes to the Unknown writer for this beautiful reminder.

We have been talking about these problems and more for ages... what solutions do we have in mind?

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