We are Victims of Incompetence.
Using self-implicating sarcasm, the President of the republic of Uganda, his excellency Yoweri Museveni, asked a team of students in Makerere University, why they were requesting for money to go to Israel, to study Agriculture.
His sarcasm-laden rhetoric suggested that if those students were asking for money to go to a country in a total desert, to study agriculture, yet they were in a country located in the tropics, then Agriculture had lost meaning.
His philosophy, in that regard, triggers an interesting phenomenon: Are Ugandans agriculturally inefficient or are agricultural resources insufficient in Uganda?
His philosophy ironically implicates the government he leads, because, he forgets that there would arguably be no need to yearn to fly to Israel, if all the conditions for agriculture to thrive, were readily availed, here. Availed by who? I guess, you can answer that!
There are numerous occurrences of such poignant inefficiency, as the Ugandan scenario, all over the African continent.
It is from such shameful managerial precedence, that I asked myself, “Are Africans Inefficient or Are Resources Insufficient?”
It is a problem of inefficiency, not insufficiency!
In Africa, it is not surprising to find an abundantly food-laden village with an equally overwhelming number of malnourished dwellers.
The poverty-stricken people in Africa are more of victims of inefficiency than victims of the insufficiency they find themselves in. Also, I would suggest that Inefficiency ultimately breeds insufficiency!
Such profoundly large asymmetries between resources and efficiency are a quintessential representation of what production is, in Africa.
The glare of such outlandish asymmetry reaches into all sectors, in the countries on the continent. When it comes to sectors such as infrastructure development, the mismanagement and misallocation of resources gets you to appreciate more, the present causal relationship between inefficiency and insufficiency.
Recently, the World Bank froze Uganda’s accounts, following a strange methodology of expenditure on the intended projects. Whether it was a coincidence or not, the freezing of accounts came in at a time when Members of Parliament of Uganda had finished contemplating to use sixty-eight million shillings for their personal, projected funerals.
It looked like the world bank couldn’t withstand the high level of inefficiency, when it came to fund usage.
I am well aware that, the parliamentarians could have used the money in the parliament’s budget and that there is no considerable link between the world bank’s exit and their outlandish burial arrangements.
But, it should ultimately be grasped that the problem and or challenge, here, is more inclined to inefficiency than insufficiency.
Is there a way out of this predicament? What is the way out?