Religion Economy and Industrial Economy

They Built Industries, We Built Churches. They Paid Taxes, we Paid Tithes. They Lend and We Borrow!

Truth as you know is bitter. We are a well-endowed nation that is groaning under a heavy yoke of poverty. We are a blessed nation that is facing the wrong direction on our journey to nationhood. At Oba Akran Avenue Ikeja, I wept when I realized that factories that employed thousands of people have been closed and their premises converted to churches, insurance companies and banks. It is the same in Ogba, Isolo, Ilupeju, and Apapa all in Lagos and Sango Otta in Ogun state. Hundreds of factories shut down, which means a loss of jobs.

Then the same trip to Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Tianjin, Shenzhen, etc., is a different story altogether. While they were building factories, we were building churches, while they were paying taxes, we were paying tithes, when they started employing more people, we started disengaging our people, when they started exporting, we started importing, when they started getting richer, we began to get poorer, when they were rich enough to lend, we became poorer enough to borrow and kept borrowing, when they began to export technology and experts, we started importing their expertise and technology, when they moved to first world country, we are receding into a “fourth” world.

While we say they are ungodly and we are Godly, they live in wealth and we live in abject poverty. In their cities, production factory noises fill the air, in our cities church and mosque noises fill the air. At the end of the week or month, they wait for their salaries and profits, we wait for miracles. China has more than ten tyre manufacturing companies, South Africa nearby has four tyre manufacturing companies, Ghana and Nigeria with an estimated population of over 200 million people with millions of cars have no single tyre manufacturing company. Michelin and Dunlop formerly were here but had to relocate to South Africa and appointed distributors in Nigeria where the main market was. As big as we are, with such a huge population, we have no more than a textile mill as at the last time I checked.

Yet we go about as if all is well. We are counting achievements. On this day, I decided to do a little count. In one Street near me, I counted fifteen churches. On the major road of two kilometers, I counted twenty-five churches, some as big as a moderate factory and some as small as a one-room shop. All put together does not employ a single person. Every work is done by volunteers. In China, the same stretch of the street would have accommodated at least thirty factories both big and small. What grows the economy is the very small cottage industries whose products are mopped up for exports. They would provide jobs for their people. Whilst workers of factories in these countries will sing God’s praises in their hearts, our own people here out of hunger will rattle prayers constantly harassing God, accusing Him of not listening or listening but not responding even to outright accusation of partiality.
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About the author

Dr. Muchelule

Dr. Muchelule has a doctorate in project management, masters in project management, with another ongoing Ph.D. in management information systems, bachelor of computer science, ISO certified systems auditor, child protection certified expert from Havard University, Microsoft Certified IT professional expert from Microsoft U.S.A. with over 15 years of experience in ICT, project management, Monitoring&Evaluation, Assets Tracking, Inventory Management; gender mainstream & advocacy, child protection, Islamic finance, quality management, Research, Evidence and Learning (RMEL). He has been a key facilitator of Kenya School of Law on areas of research, Project Management & monitoring & evaluation, As well as lead trainer/facilitator to Kajiado County Ward Managers on Monitoring & evaluation, Gulf cap top management facilitator on project design, monitoring & evaluation on Buxton Point Affordable Housing Project Mombasa County, Kenya, Key technical member on monitoring & evaluation of Kenya judiciary, Lead consultant in Development of Monitoring, Evaluation And Learning (MEL) Plan For National Council on the Administration of Justice (NCAJ)- Court Users Committees (CUC), Lead consultant on the development of Gender Policy for the Kenya Independent Medico-Legal Unit (IMLU); lead consultant on Systems Analysis and Design For Projects Information Management System for Kenya national water harvesting and storage authority(NWHSA), lead consultant Kenya National Treasury in the Development of Standard Methodological Manual for Project Level Monitoring Evaluation and Reporting, ICT authority Technical committee member on Digital Literacy Program Implementation among Public Primary Schools in Kenya. He is among the Founder and Executive Director of MettaMetta Foundation western region of Kenya, Technical Projects Advisor at The Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya (APDK), A lecturer in both public and private sectors in Kenya namely Umma University, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Moi University, an External Examiner at Azteca University Canada & Mexico, a grasshopper’s faculty member in the U.S.A, PMI certified member U.S.A. With working experience in development partner agencies like ACORD, MUBADIROON in sub-Sahara Africa, AMREF-Maanisha programme-Kenya, Mumias Muslim Community Programme (MUMCOP)Kenya, Technical and Financial Audit for a Safe Programming in Kakuma & Dadaab Refugee Camps by International Rescue Committee. Dr. Muchelule has led many initiatives in the development of result chains/Theories of Change as tools to articulate the desired results, with sound knowledge and skills of design and deployment of information management systems on effective decisions making. Dr. Muchelule has published more than 60 scientific peer-reviewed journals articles in various fields of applied, social & management sciences as well as in business and humanities; currently, he is a member of the Community of Researchers for Global Journals for UK and USA and a Fellow Reviewer for both International Journal for Economics, Commerce, and Management, as well as an editorial research board member of Lukenya University, Kenya and a coordinator of the income-generating unit and research committee board member Umma University, Kenya; as well as a committee member of ICT master plan for Kenya Vision 2030.

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