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On behalf of the Government and people of Rivers State, we welcome the Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, to the South-South Zonal hearing in the famous Garden City of Port Harcourt. The people of Rivers State see this constitution review exercise as a welcome development as it gives us a unique opportunity, to once again, present our views before such an eminent body on issues that are of paramount importance to us. We recognise that several views have been canvassed and will be canvassed here by other state governments, NGO’s, interest groups and individuals. In making our presentation therefore, we will as much as possible concentrate on those issues that will enable our dear country Nigeria to function as a True Federation. By the provision of the 1999 Constitution, Nigeria is a Federal Republic. Nigeria has thus chosen to run a Federal System of Government in which power is shared between the Federal Government and the Federating states. True Federation as defined by Professor Itsay Sagay (SAN) is, “an arrangement whereby powers within a multinational country are shared between a federal or central authority, and a number of regionalised governments in such a way that each unit, including the central authority, exists as a government separately and independently from the others, operating directly on persons and property within its territorial area, with a will of its own and its own apparatus for the conduct of affairs and with an authority in some matters exclusive of all others. In a federation, each government enjoys autonomy, a separate existence and independence of the control of any other government. Each government exists, not as an appendage of another government (e.g the federal or central government) but as an autonomous entity in the sense of being able to exercise its own will in the conduct of its affairs, free from direction by any government. Thus, the Central Government on the one hand and the State Government on the other hand are autonomous in their respective spheres.” (Itsay Sagay, Nigeria : Federalism, Constitution and Resource Control) In practice however, Nigeria’s system of governance is largely “unitary”, as enormous powers are concentrated at the Federal level, to the detriment of the states. We find that this paradox exists, because of the contradictory provisions of the 1999 Constitution, several of which violate the very essence of true Federalism. In this presentation, we shall highlight some of these areas by drawing attention to relevant provisions of the constitution that deal with: (i) Fiscal Federalism (ii) Land use Act (iii) Local Government Reforms (iv) Policing (v) Devolution of powers. Fiscal Federalism: In every true Federation, each federating unit controls its resources and contributes an agreed percentage to the central government by way of tax. The practice by the Federal Government of revenue allocation to states is an anomaly and to make matters worse, the principle of derivation is entrenched in the 1999 Constitution as an integral part of the revenue sharing formula. For us to be able to achieve True Federalism, Rivers State Government urges that Section 44(3) and the proviso to 162(3) to be amended. Section 44(3) provides as follows “Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this section, the entire property in and control of all minerals, mineral oils and natural gas in, under or upon any land in Nigeria or in, under or upon the territorial waters and the exclusive economic zone of Nigeria shall vest in the Government of the Federation and shall be managed in such manner as may be prescribed by the National Assembly”. Section 44(3) which divests the states of their ownership and control of all minerals, mineral oils and natural gas on their land should be amended so as to vest all proprietary rights in all natural resources in the states, in which they are found. The states will in turn, pay an agreed percentage as tax to the Federal Government. “Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this section, the entire property in and control of all natural resources in, under or upon any land within a state in the Federation of Nigeria, or in, under or upon the territorial waters shall vest in the government in that state. The proviso to Section 162 (2) provides that. “The principle of derivation shall be constantly reflected in any approved formula as being not less than 13 per cent of the revenue accruing to the Federation account directly from any natural resources”. In view of our proposed amendment to Section 44(3), we propose a consequential amendment to Section 162(2) by deleting the proviso to Section 162 (2) herein before quoted. Consequential amendments will have to be made to all provisions of the Constitution relating to revenue derivation, allocation and distribution. Land Use Act We are well aware that the National Assembly is in the process of amending the Land Use Act. We appreciate that; however the Land Use Act, by every standard, is a controversial piece of legislation and may ordinarily require amendment of its provisions from time to time as the need arises. The current provision in the 1999 Constitution, gives the Land Use Act a higher status than that ordinarily enjoyed by other Acts of the National Assembly. Indeed, Section 315(5) of the constitution puts the Land Use Act as well as the other laws mentioned therein, on the same level as the constitution, and they can only be amended in accordance with the provisions of Section 9(2) of the constitution, which is a very tedious process. Section 315 (5) provides thus: ‘“Nothing in this constitution shall invalidate the following enactments. and the provisions of those enactments shall continue to apply and have full effect in accordance with their tenor and to the like extent as any other provisions forming parts of this constitution and shall not be altered or repealed except in accordance with the provisions of Section 9(2) of this constitution”. We, therefore, propose that the saving provisions of Section 315(5) as it relates to the Land Use Act, should be amended by deleting Section 315 (5) (d) Local Government Reforms: Local Government Areas (LGAs) fall within the territory and control of their respective states. The states should therefore have powers to create LGAs as they deem fit without recourse to the National Assembly as is presently provided for in the 1999 Constitution. Accordingly, we propose that the constitution should be amended to provide that local government funds should be routed through state governments and only the federal and state governments be entitled to allocation of funds directly from the Federation Account. We further propose that the states should maintain a State/Local Government Joint Account where not less than ¼ of the monies accruing to the states from the Federation Account shall be paid into and utilised for funding the local governments. Our proposition is not an entirely new concept because it is indeed envisaged by the 1999 Constitution, which provides essentially in Section 162(5) that, amounts standing to the credit of local government councils should be paid to the states for the benefit of their local government councils. In the light of the foregoing, we recommend that the following sections of the Constitution be deleted/ amended as follows: Section 3 (6) which provides that, “There shall be seven hundred and sixty-eight local government areas in Nigeria as shown in the second column of Part 1 of the First Schedule to this Constitution and six area councils as shown in Part II of that Schedule,” should be deleted. Section 162 (3) which provides that, “Any amount standing to the credit of the Federation Account shall be distributed among the federal and state governments and the local government councils in each State on such terms and in such manner as may be prescribed by the National Assembly,” Should be amended by deleting “local government councils.” We propose that, in order to guarantee funding of local government councils, a specific provision for this should be enshrined in the Constitution by a proviso to Section 162 (3) as follows, “Provided always that not less than ¼ of the monies accruing to the state from the Federation Account shall be utilised for funding the local government Continue on 24. Continue from 21. We propose that Section 162 (5) which provides that, “The amount standing to the credit of local government councils in the Federation Account shall also be allocated to the states for the benefit of their local government councils on such terms and in such manner as may be prescribed by the National Assembly,” should be deleted. Furthermore, Section 162 (7) which provides that “Each state shall pay to local government councils in its areas of jurisdiction such proportion of its total revenue on such terms and in such manner as may be prescribed by the National Assembly,” should be deleted. Section 7 (1) which provides that, “The system of local government by democratically elected local government councils is under this Constitution guaranteed; and accordingly, the government of every state shall, subject to section 8 of this Constitution, ensure their existence under a law which provides for the establishment, structure, composition, finance and functions of such councils,” should be amended by deleting the words “subject to Section 8 of this Constitution.” 1st schedule, part I should be amended by deleting the words, “Local Government” in the second column. Part 2 of the 1st schedule should reflect only the FCT, the word “Council” should be deleted and the column titled, “Headquarters” should also be deleted. Section 7(2) provides that, “The person authorised by law to prescribe the area over which a local government council may execise authority shall: Define such area as clearly as practicable; and ensure to the extent to which it may be reasonably justifiable, that in defining such area regard is paid to- “The common interest of the community in the area, Traditional association of the community, and Administrative convenience.” This section should be amended by including the words “in the State” after the person authorised by Law. Section 162 (6) which provides that, “Each state shall maintain a special account to be called “State Joint Local Government Account,” into which shall be paid all allocations to the local government councils of the state from the Federation Account and from the government of the state”, should be amended to read as follows: “Each state shall maintain a special account to be called State Joint Local Government Account into which shall be paid ¼ of all revenue accruing to the state from the Federation Account for the benefit of the local government council on such terms and in such manner as may be prescribed by the House Assembly of the respective state. Section 8(5) which provides that, “An Act of the National Assembly passed in accordance with this section shall make consequential provisions with respect to the names and headquarters of states or local government areas as provided in Section 3 of this Constitution and in Parts I and II of the First Schedule to this Constitution”, should be deleted. Section 8 (6) which provides that, “For the purpose of enabling the National Assembly to exercise the powers conferred upon it by subsection (5) of this section, each House of Assembly shall, after the creation of more local government areas pursuant to subsection (3) of this section, make adequate returns to each House of the National Assembly” should be deleted. Accordingly, there should be a consequential amendment to Section 313 of the Constiution, by deleting the words, “between the states and local government councils and among the local government councils in the states.” If the foregoing amendments are effected, It is our view that local government administration will be enhanced and streamlined. More importantly, the desire of many states in Nigeria to create local governments for ease of administration and even spread of development, will finally have been met. Policing: By the provision of the 1999 Constitution, the Police is under the exclusive responsibility of the Federal Government. However, the size, complexity and challenges of present day Nigeria, have made the present Police structure and operations inadequate. This has led to a situation where the state governments have been compelled to undertake financial responsibilities with respect to the Police without the corresponding authority, due to the limitations imposed on their authority by virtue of the provision of section 215(4) of the 1999 Constitution. Remove items 45 (Police) from exclusive legislative list to concurrent list. Delete proviso to Section 215(4). Amend Section 214 (1) to delete the last line i.e, “no other Police Force shall be established for the Federation in any part thereof.” Devolution of Power (Power Sharing between the Federal and State Governments) In line with other amendments canvassed in this presentation, we recommend that the Legislative lists i.e the exclusive as well as the concurrent, contained in the second schedule to the constitution should be amended to the following extent: Item 22 on the exclusive list, which reads, “Election to the offices of President and Vice-President or Governor and Deputy Governor and any other office to which a person may be elected under this Constitution, excluding election to a local government council,” should be amended by putting a full stop after the word. “Constitution” and deleting the words following it – “excluding election to a local government council or any office in such Council.” Item 39, which lists mines and minerals including oil fields, oil mining, geological surveys and natural gas, on the exclusive lists should be deleted there from and put on the concurrent lists. Item 45 of the exclusive list, which is on the police and other security services established by law, should be deleted from the exclusive lists and taken to the concurrent list. Item 55 of the exclusive list on railways, should be deleted and taken to the concurrent list. Other Proposed Amendments One important error we observed in the 1999 Constitution is section 162 (9). This Section 162(9) provides that. “Any amount standing to the credit of the Judiciary in the Federation Account shall be paid directly to the National Judicial Council for disbursement to the heads of courts established for the Federation and the states under Section 6 of this Constitution,” is in conflict with Section 162(3).” This section is obviously in conflict with Section 80 which provides for the establishment of the consolidated revenue fund of the federation and Section 84 which provides for payment of salaries of judicial officers by the Federal Government. Our observation is further buttressed by the provisions of Section 162(3) which provides that: “Any amount standing to the credit of the Federation Account shall be distributed among the Federal and State Governments and the local government councils in each state on such terms and in such manner as may be prescribed by the National Assembly”. It is therefore clear that Section 162(9) is clearly contradictory because it is only the Federal, State and Local Governments that are entitled to statutory funds from the Federation Account. We, therefore, propose that Section 162(9) of the 1999 Constitution should be deleted, as it is obviously an error. Interim Action Pending Constitutional Amendment We are not unmindful of the time the constitutional amendments we have proposed will take, especially those that pertain to fiscal federalism. As an interim measure therefore, the Government and people of Rivers State request an immediate upward review to 50 per cent derivation from the 13 per cent as is currently provided for in the 1999 Constitution. Conclusion: The government and people of Rivers State make these proposals for amendments to the 1999 Constitution with a deep sense of responsibility. We wish to observe that the interim action that is being sought for the upward review to 50 per cent derivation, is within the purview of the National Assembly. We are convinced that if our recommendations are accepted and enshrined in the Constitution, they will enthrone peace, justice, fair play, equity and enhance prosperity among the peoples of the federating units of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Being the position of the government and people of Rivers State presented by Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi during the South South zonal hearing of the Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution.

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Solving Soot Puzzle: Wike’s Formula

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About 10 years ago, “black soot” had become synonymous with Rivers State and other oil-producing Niger Delta coastal communities including, Delta, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom and Edo. “Black soot” was chronicled into the lexicon of oil-producing states and has remained part of their unwholesome experiences ever since.
Black soot does not emerge without cause. It is a consequence of the law of cause and effect. For every cause there must inevitably be a corresponding effect. So the presence of the black soot that is evident in coastal communities of all bearing states is a function of cause.
Black soot has been severally associated to illegal refining of petroleum products extracted from oil facilities in the oil bearing coastal communities.
The business which many people believe is second to none in profit generation is thriving unabated despite governments’ policies to stem the ugly trend.
The negative impact of illegal refining of petroleum products is better imagined than experienced.
Take a trip to Kula, Ke, Bille, Andoni, Buguma and Soku  and other coastal communities where oil is being extracted by oil companies, you will discover much to your chagrin (if you are a conservationist) the unquantifiable devastation illegal oil bunkering and refining has done to the ecosystem of those communities.
The people who were hitherto, predominantly fishermen and or farmers are wallowing in abject poverty. The trend has reduced rural dwellers to destitutes and beggars depending on hospitality from multinationals and philanthropists.
Aquatic lives like fish, prawns, mudskippers, periwinkle and others which used to be the pride and characteristics of riverine communities are now extinct. The mangrove which constituted economic source and a habitat for the aquatic lives have literally and apparently withered because of oil spill and disposal of waste products of illegally refined crude oil extracted from the facilities of oil companies, into the river.
Though the waste is disposed at the point of production, the tide conveys it to a distance because of the networking and connectivity of rivers.
That is why the Rivers State Governor’s declaration of 19 persons wanted in connection with Illegal refining of petroleum products and other related offences and the subsequent arrest, prosecution and remand of some of the suspected culprits, is seen as apt and a welcome development.
The governor had in his New Year message to the people of the State outlawed illegal refining of petroleum products and unveiled a taskforce to arrest defaulters no matter who is involved.
This renewed effort of the State Governor further lends credibility to his avowed commitment to end illegal refining of petroleum products which many people believe is the major cause of black soot.
The governor had also accused law enforcement agents, especially, the military of not only aiding and abetting but neck-deep into illegal bunkering. The recent startling revelation that a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) owns an illegal refinery in Rivers State vindicates Wike. He had also accused the federal government of not being sincere or making reasonable efforts to end the menace.
The Chairman of Emohua Local Government Area, Dr. Chidi Lloyd, and the people of the area had also protested against the perpetration of illegal bunkering. In fact, Lloyd had in a press briefing raised an alarm on the unscrupulous involvement of some military men in the illicit business which is tantamount to economic sabotage under Nigeria’s extant laws.
These clarion condemnations are not mere cheap blackmail or insinuation that should be tagged figment of imagination, or taken with a pinch of salt, considering the profiles and social status of those denouncing those involved in the act. It is dispiriting that those who are statutorily obligated to protect oil facilities, the environment and arrest economic saboteurs are the perpetrators of the heinous acts and the hydra-headed monsters.
The pertinent questions one is constrained by the unwholesome trend to ask are: when did the commonwealth of the people become the exclusive right of a few? Why would the inordinate quest of a negligible few pose a threat to means of livelihood of majority of the people and mainstay of the nation’s economy? Why would the Federal Government with her military resources fail to stop Illegal oil bunkering and refining of petroleum products? Why would the sanctity of human life be sacrificed on the altar of inordinate quest for wealth generation and materialism?
There is no gainsaying the fact that there seems to be more than what meets the eye in the clamours and agitations against illegal bunkering and refining of petroleum products even the Federal Government stance on it.
Somebody asked: if illegal bunkering and refining of petroleum products had stopped would the nation’s refineries which are either in comatose or producing far below installed capacities, be able to meet the ever increasing consumers demand, especially for kerosene and diesel?
Would government at all levels be able to alleviate the unemployment that the stop on illegal bunkering would create?
As seemingly striking and articulate as the questions are, they lack substance and they cannot justify the havoc done to our environment, means of livelihood, economic mainstay.
Medical and health experts have also associated cardiovascular cases or respiratory challenges and cancer prevalent in recent times to polluted air  and water that people inhale and drink respectively, being the direct result of refining activities.
Therefore, the fight against illegal bunkering and refining of petroleum products must be collective. It should not be left in the hands of the State government alone.
Traditional rulers, community development committees, youth bodies should brace up to protect their environment and the means of livelihood our fathers bequeathed to us.
They should muster a strong will to reject financial hand-outs in compromise to environmental sanctity, that will impoverish the present and the unborn generation.
The time to rise in defence of the environment is now or else oil-bearing communities will be a shadow of themselves and writhe in economic squalor in the next two decades, when environmentalists and petroleum engineers speculate that crude oil will be in abeyance.

By: Igbiki Benibo

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Clean Energy For Cleaner Earth

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The modern world in the 21st century needs to jellyroll its old ways and practices that have caused environmental degradation, pollution, global warming, ozone layer depletion culminating in climate change. These ways and practices include greenhouse gases emissions, deforestation which is common in the Third World, air pollution from fossil fuels, desertification, etc; hence the need to embrace cleaner fuel, cleaner energy and cleaner environment.
The Earth is witnessing more natural disasters now than at any period of time occasioned by human factors and natural effects. Deforestation, caused by tree felling without replacement for the purpose of cooking or energy source which is still rampant in developing countries. There is also the melting of glaciers caused by increase in temperature that swells the volume of oceans and seas around the world. Heat wave is now in a greater magnitude in Europe, the Americas and North Africa as recent reports show than at any other time. It also includes the Tsunamis of 2011, especially the one hit Japan and other Islands in Asia, and the Fikushima nuclear disaster with so devastating effect.
The world should not forget in a hurry Hurricane Katrina of 2005 that caused unimaginable catastrophe to the people of USA. There had been some other disasters like typhoons and cyclones affecting the United States and Central America. Only recently, there were wildfires in Canada, the United States and parts of Europe, including Australia. Wildfires also devastated the Amazon forest in Brazil some years ago.
This year, countries like Germany, Belgium and parts of the Netherlands experienced heavy flooding with the water (flood) level reaching very high levels and causing terrible devastation to homes, business, schools, power lines and communication facilities. Also, there has been unusual torrential rainfall coupled with thunder storm/rainstorm leaving in its wake massive destruction of homes and livelihoods in Africa and Asia, particularly South East Asia, West Africa and Latin American countries.
The green house gases emissions which is most common in the advanced countries of the northern hemisphere sometimes described as high income nations, has contributed a lot to ozone layer depletion and global warming. And they are not doing much to cut back emissions level as agreed in the protocols adopted at the World Climate Convention of 1992 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Kyoto Climate Convention in Japan and other such conventions.
Declining green vegetation and inadequate forest resource in most of our urban and rural settlements due to urbanisation and massive construction of roads, buildings, dams and power stations and other harmful human activities as deforestation for different purposes have all contributed in no small measure to cause global warming and environmental degradation.
In this millennium, governments all over the world and humans have done much harm to the environment and the ecosystem than any other. Also to be blamed is the global dependence and use of fossil fuel for running the industries, machines and automobiles and to power homes and factories. Added to the above factor is the reluctance or unwillingness of governments to take a more pragmatic approach and action against harmful acts and practices that degrade the environment and pollute the air, atmosphere thereby contributing to ozone later depletion and climate change.
Worthy of mention is the action of the President Barak Obama administration of the United States who took a hard stand and came on heavily on the oil giant British Petroleum (BP) when they polluted the Gulf of Mexico from their negligence. He ordered them to clean up the environment, pay compensation for the damage and to stop all of their operations.
Our ecosystem, marine life, the wetlands, seas, oceans and rivers, the animals, insects, birds, microbes and micro-organisms, including the green vegetation would thrive well and better with cleaner environment. Any wonder the new paradigm is cleaner fuels, cleaner energy and cleaner environment. This new modern technology that has been embraced and put in use by some advanced countries of the world include wind energy, solar energy and gas-powered energy, nuclear energy etc.
The cleaner energy and cleaner fuels (also known as renewable energy) have come to stay and have done so much good to mitigate climate change, ozone layer depletion and global warming. This renewable energy is the energy for the future and the right way for the world to go. Environmental friendliness and respect for the rights of the environment will guarantee cleaner and healthier air/atmosphere with a safer and better ecosystem. Also, the bio-diversity will be preserved.
It was observed by an American scientific journal two decade ago, that ‘a summer heat wave in western Europe killed 15,000 people in France, and it went further to state that, like other extreme climate events … it is expected to become more common’. Furthermore, it was observed that the strongest El Nino in 100 years that made global temperature spike occurred and in 2005 the temperature trend is on an upward rise.
These observations and quotes lend further buttress the reality and fact of global warming and the ozone layer depletion. As opined earlier, solar energy — one of the cleaner fuels and cleaner energy — is energy generated from the sun rays absorbed by a panel of photovoltaic cells and which can generate considerable amount of power when exposed to the sunlight and has capacity to store energy for long use even if there is no sunshine like when it is raining or so. This makes it very suitable for countries in the tropics where there is abundant sunshine all year round.
Also in parts of the world or countries that enjoy sunshine for some parts of the year. This solar energy is clean, safe, convenient, very reliable and environmentally friendly; likewise the wind energy, which is derived from windmills driven by the force of the wind and generates power by the force that drives the turbines to produce electricity. You can have many windmills in a location called wind farm, and their combined force can power a large town or city. Again this energy is clean, convenient, reliable safe and environmentally friendly.
Similarly, nuclear energy which is got from uranium can be used to generate electricity by a nuclear reactor that can power large towns, cities and industries. To generate electricity for peaceful purpose not for military purpose and you would need to get approval from the International Energy Agency (IEA). It is also a clean, reliable, convenient and environmental friendly mode of generating electricity.
Lastly, gas powered energy is another cleaner way and mode of generating power through driving electric motor-turbines by gas energy to produce electricity. This mode of energy and power is very reliable, clean and convenient. Additionally, our environment would be healthier, safer, even life expectancy and longevity in our communities and countries would be enhanced and better livelihoods or our means of sustenance would be guaranteed and protected. Since our ecosystem, atmosphere, seas, oceans, rivers, wetlands, vegetations and forests, animals, insects, and birds sustain life and existence.
There is a strong need to preserve nature, especially our endangered species. Most of these species are already going extinct. But if our forests are allowed to be what they are meant to be, our marine life, lands, microbes and micro-organism would thrive and have a friendly environment and habitat for a more sustainable planet. In Africa, and particularly the Niger Delta where there has been extensive exploration and production of petroleum, the environment has suffered extensive degradation and pollution which has increased global warming and ozone layer depletion. This has led to devastation of livelihoods, marine life and the ecosystem. And it needs proper and adequate remediation.
The world governments, leaders and international organisations must do more to mitigate climate change, ozone layer depletion and global warming. And of course, the Earth would be a better, happier and healthier planet if we go for cleaner fuels, cleaner energy and an environmentally friendlier globe.

By: Samson Ayooso
Ayooso wrote from Port Harcourt.

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Discovering Your Life’s Purpose

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What is Purpose?
Discovering one’s purpose is discovering what one needs in life. Discovering what you are meant to be in life. Not what you want to be but what God wants you to be in life. You can never discover your purpose without the help of God.
Ask Yourself Some Questions
You can discover your purpose when you start asking yourself some questions and give answers to such as “what do I need in life?” (Your purpose in life) by finding your purpose, you will know what you need in life and life will be easy for you. Sometimes, we want every good thing in life but what really matters is not what you want but what you need in life. People respect you when you discover your purpose and start making serious decisions. God is your creator and what he needs from you is your purpose. Discovering your purpose on time makes you more successful in life, you need to focus on the present, look forward, think big, do what you love, stay positive, be persistent, get the job done, fight for something you believe in. To be a successful being in life, you also need to manage your time effectively.
Sometimes, people find themselves doing or studying what they don’t need. Your potentials determine your purpose in life, don’t feel bad on yourself because, with the right information, your purpose is sure. You will get to a place in life and these things will be very useful to you.
Nothing happens as a mistake; they all have their purpose to fulfill in life. Spend at least one hour or thirty minutes every day to do what you have passion for.
Time Management
Time management has a very big role to play in discovering one’s purpose in life. Why most people suffer a lot in life is because they waste too much of their time doing nothing. We sleep too much; we rest too much; let’s make every moment to be useful. Sleeping too much won’t do us any good. Push yourself because no one else is going to do it for you. The fact that you are not where you want to be should be enough motivation.
Life without purpose is time without meaning. It is useless to keep ample time if there is no end towards which we are moving. God calls you in this world for you to discover your purpose and work towards it. Your plans cannot change God’s purpose. What God calls for, he provides for.
Sometimes people will say I want to be rich in life. If you said so, fine, then learn how to manage your time and discover your purpose in life. Most times, our parents do destroy our destiny by forcing us to study what we are not meant to just because they had a dream of studying it but were not opportuned to. Parents should ask knowledge from God so as to know what their children need in life.
Procrastination can damage you from going far in life. To be successful and fulfill your purpose in life, you need not to postpone what should be done now. Procrastination is a grave in which opportunities are buried. In life, many people have missed their chance of success because of postponement.
All the pain of yesterday can be forgotten tomorrow if we know how to manage our time effectively and discover our purpose in life. For your management of time not to be in vain, you need to concentrate on one thing such as what you love to do, because it is no good to do everything at the same time (he who is everywhere is nowhere).
Everybody wants to go to school, have their certificates, and be a hard worker in life. But is that all there is in life? Imagine if everyone in the universe goes to school, have their good certificates and work in very good places in life, then who will be the cleaner? Who will be the security guard? Who will be the house maid? How you see life is much more than you think. Purpose is only found in the mind of the creator. Only God knows the purpose for your life.
Now you can see why everybody cannot be rich in this life; neither will everyone be poor in life. The term rich would not exist if there are not poor people existing in this world. The terms rich and poor are given because people have and people lack.
You can never change how you have been created and what you have been created for no matter what. You being a cleaner is because there must always be someone dusting up the place. If there is a man to dust, there will always be a man to clean up also. If your purpose is to be a cleaner, be the best cleaner ever. Cleaning is not just ordinary, you can achieve excellence in cleaning. Excellence in doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.
Every product is produced by purpose, for a purpose, and all things begin and end with purpose. Your existence is an evidence that this generation needs something that your life contains.
The reason why you exist in your family is because there is something that has to be done in your family and it’s only you that can do it; no one else. If you are born into a poor family it’s not your fault, but it will only be your fault if you remain there, because you have been born in to a family to make great things happen by managing your time and discovering your purpose in life.
You can start by having a time table in your house such as time to study, time to do what you love, what you have passion for. And in the process of studying, anything you seem not to understand, you do well to ask someone that knows it more than you. Don’t feel shy to ask because no one knows everything but everyone knows something.
You can also help others to discover their purpose by changing your mindset, especially with the way you think and the way you communicate with them. Let people see you as a person that really knows your purpose in life. Let people see your good lifestyle and try to build theirs also.
Always do things at the right time. Or better do something even if it is late than not to do it at all. Conclusively, a man can’t exist without having a purpose in life, your existence is an evidence that God has a purpose in you and this purpose can be discovered with the help of God, and also by management of time. I know we can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone. We can change the world by fulfilling our purpose in life. Nothing is impossible.

By: Endurance Osadebe
Osadebe wrote in from Eastern Polytechnic, Port Harcourt.

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