This essay x-rays a comparison between the concepts of application and certification as indices of measuring knowledge.
Many people assume that professional writers don't need to rewrite; the words just fall into place. On the contrary, careful writers can't stop fiddling. . . . Students, I realize, don't share my love of rewriting. They think of it as punishment: extra homework or extra infield practice." William Zinsser, 1998
Literacy is the crux of schooling. The primary motive of any average student is to acquire a competent reading and writing ability or skill. But unfortunately, many students found themselves to be struggling with what others found to be so easy and simple: they struggle with reading the alphabet, knowing it and being able to write it when the need arises. Thus, they see themselves as primitive fellows in a world of growing literacy. Despite normal intelligence, many students assume themselves to be nothing but people with empty brain, unfit for the clarion call for literacy. They feel inferior, incompetent and unprivileged literary lovers. They develop low self esteem and if care is not taken, they get drowned into the slough of despond.
The current controversy between Northern Governors and their Southern Counterparts, over how oil revenues accruing to the Nigerians should be shared has created a deep gulf in the ranks of the governors. In the last few days, the governors have been polarized under ethnic and regional lines over who gets what from the Federation Account. Political and opinion leaders across the polity have also joined the fray politicians in the nineteen (19) northern states want the fund to be abolished or its percentage significantly reduced because its sustenance not only puts the north at a is advantaged but also poses danger for the part of the country where literacy, poverty, ignorance and general backwardness are on the rise. The oil producing states, on the other hand are determined to fight back to protect their right and push for a progressive increase in the derivation formula up to fight (50) percent to cushion the impacts of years of marginalization and environmental degradation by the oil companies in the region political watchers fear that the oil producing states could revive the age long agitation for total resource cont control or demand a review of the current derivation formula from the current 13 percent to 50 percent. All seem not lost for the North. The region may begin to enjoy a special derivation from solid minerals based on ongoing arrangement by the Revenue Mobilization and Fiscal Allocation Commission (RMFC). Despite the criticisms there are indications, that the north was ready to go the whole hog as the region recently set up the ten (10) Committees to harmonise its interest. The paper concludes by positing that the Northern agitation is rather, a product of deep seated envy and parochial interest.