24 May 2016
Nigeria is not yet in a recession, but we are really close to it. The country is on the borderline of economic independence. And while the Federal government is trying to save this dying country from itself, the only thing left for the masses to do is figure out a way to survive until their efforts pay off.
If there is anything Nigerians are good at doing (aside eating and making jollof rice and beating traffic), it is finding a way to always survive regardless the situation. You know those cockroaches that survived the bombing of Hiroshima? They emigrated from Nigeria.
Here are some quick guides to survive the harsh economic times currently plaguing the country;
– Employ alternate means of transportation: If fuel price goes up, every other thing follows, especially the cost of transportation. Rather than drive to work, you might want to consider taking a bus or maybe cycling if work is not too far from home. Or if you live very far from work and have to drive, you could find a couple of people working and living around the same areas as you and for a token fee, offer to drive them to and from work; Carpool for the working class Nigerian.
– Cut excessive spending/Eat home rather than out: We know eating out is less stressful and fun. However it is stressful and not fun for your pocket if it’s not Dangote’s. To say the least, this N145/litre times is not the season to splurge on fine dinning and takeout. Go to the market, cook your dinner and sit at home and eat. You can make it romantic and set the table with candles if you want, also save yourself the trouble of having to put on the generator if there is no electricity.
– Group spending/Buy in bulk: Buying things in bulk is always cheaper. You can save a ton in the long run if you pair or group up with other people and buy the major things you need in bulk then share it among yourselves.
– Grow your own food: When ex-president Obasanjo advised this, we all thought he was only but speaking like a farmer that he is, little did we know he’s seen the future. Because you didn’t start when Baba, as Obasanjo is popularly called suggested it, this might not work initially because you need time for the food to grow, but in the next three months when the economic situation begins to hit worse in all quarters, you’d be happy you started when you did. You don’t have to grow serious food stuff like rice or yam or beans, but little things like tomatoes, pepper, vegetables, corn and so on will help cut the amount of money spent on buying these things in the market.
– Relocate to the village: If all else fails or refuses to work, move to the village or a rural community. Perhaps not for the rest of your life but for the next year or two until prices calm down. No matter how expensive prices will be everywhere, the rural areas will have it much cheaper than the cities. You can save a ton on transport because you can walk or cycle to almost everywhere you need to go. Think of it like a year-long vacation to relax from the maddening stress and worry going on in the major cities across the country.
Author: Aderonke Adeleke
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