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RICH COUNTRY, POOR COUNTRY – WHY NIGERIA REMAINS UNDERDEVELOPED

March 11, 2012

For CHANGE to happen, let’s reflect and… ACT. LET’S ACT NOW

The difference between the poor countries and the rich ones is not the age of the country. This can be shown by countries like India and Egypt that are more than 2000 years old and using the UN index are poor. On the other hand, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, that 150 years ago were inexpressive, today are developed countries and are rich.

The difference between poor and rich countries does not reside in the available natural resources. Japan has a limited territory, 80% mountainous, inadequate for agriculture and cattle raising, but it is a first world economy. The country is like an immense floating factory, importing raw material from the whole world and exporting manufactured products. Another example is Switzerland, which does not plant cocoa but has the best chocolate of the world. Switzerland, in its little territory they raise animals and plant the soil during four months per year.  Not enough, they produce dairy products of the best quality. It is a small country that transmits an image of security, order and labour, which made it the world’s strong safe.

Executives from rich countries who communicate with their counterparts in poor countries show that there is no significant intellectual difference.

Race or skin colour are also not important. Immigrants labeled lazy in their countries of origin are the productive power in rich European and developed countries.

What is the difference then?

The difference is the attitude of the people, framed along the years by the education and the culture. On analysing the behaviour of the people in rich and developed countries, we find that the great majority follow the following principles in their lives:

1. Ethics, as a basic principle.
2. Integrity.
3. Responsibility.
4. Respect for the laws and rules.
5. Respect to the rights of other citizens.

6. Work loving.
7. Strive for saving and investment.
8. Will of super action.
9. Punctuality.

In poor countries, only a minority follow these basic principles in their daily life. We are not poor because we lack natural resources or because nature was cruel to us. We are poor because we lack attitude. We lack the will to comply with and teach these functional principles of rich and developed societies.

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  1. Mahmood Barakat permalink
    June 23, 2013 18:29

    Exactly!we are endowned with crude oil and yet there is nothing to show for it. However i personally feel that it isn’t all about complying to the principles of these developed countries as it may not completely work for us as it did for them..i maintain that the state at which we were left by our former colonists has effect on our economy..i mean adverse effects and even as at now we are still under colonisation as we stil depend on these capitalist countries for our survival

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