World Bank Praising Niger Government?!
A communiqué from the World Bank Earlier this week has been praising the government of Niger for its good governance and transparency as it handed over another $7 Million Dollar US in aid to the Niger Government in Niamey.
4000 tons of fertilizer where given to Niger in order to boost its Rice Production, this is part of a $1.2 Billion Dollar US Global food aid program to counter the global food crisis. Ironically or with out surprise all this aid is going to the South, affecting Niamey the Capital and Maradi a large city in the south of the country, yet it does not help the North nor other areas of the country in any way.
Further the program gives Fertilizer to the Southern part of Niger for its Rice production along the Niger River, now for those that know the area and know Agriculture, this makes no sense what so ever. Since the sediment left behind by the floods in February of the Niger River give more then adequate nutrient to the Rice production and the Life stock manure does give the supplement needed if any where to be needed.
This program may result in more pollution of the drinking water, with excess of nitrates and Phosphorus giving gross to an excess of alleges and subsequently killing the fish population as well as contaminating drinking water.
The World Bank may feel good and pat itself on the back for being so Humanitarian and yet should be severely condemned for its action that in the long run will cause more harm then good. This is another feel good, make up, action that wont help any one and can only make things worth in the long run for the country and its people as well as there environment.
Truly bad Agricultural management practices promoted with Tax Payers Money and implemented by organizations whose practices have been proven more then questionable over the past 3 decades and yet are still holding the rains of Politics and finances through out the World.
This may very well plunge Niger into a new crisis and dilemma and cause more poverty and injustices as is, due to miss management and pressures from international organizations such as the all mighty and Powerful World Bank and the IMF, that dictate there will with out proper studies nor keeping count of the environment and long term consequences of their action.
Now, I am not much of a supporter of the Niger government and yet in this case I have to say, there is not much they can do since they do have to comply and follow World Banks as well as IMF orders so they may stay or remain in good standing and keep their line of credit and well as receive further money and aid down the road.
It does not help those countries to be enslaved by the World Bank nor by the IMF and may be grand time for some emancipation here. Following the Libyan model, even though, his leader is more then just controversial, may be well advised especially for Niger, being rather rich in Oil and Uranium as well as Gold and Salt Mines through out the country, however not to good on Human rights and even less on minority rights.
The main question would be, how come we still allow the World Bank and the IMF to hold such power and in the wake of the financial debacle and miss management how can it be that we have not yet question there methods even less reformed those institutions completely or dismantled them all together.?
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