The Need to Embrace Developmental Growth in Modern Times
The world is changing at an alarming rate and any individual or institution that clings to the conservative and primitive ways of doing things can easily be left behind by both time and events. Every aspect of the ways in which we do things has changed for the better, enabling societies and the world at large to become more effective, efficient and thorough in processes and results.
When I was growing up, my dad was working in the local authority as the councilor of our local municipality. I used to pay him visits every now and then in his small office that was based in the nearby town, and sometimes at home, especially when I was out of school or when my mother would send me to deliver a message to him about family-related matters, for instance, to provide little amounts of money required for replacing depleted home supplies.
I loved visiting him there because I wanted to see how ‘big’ people behave outside their home territories. I could meet him on several occasions with residents of the municipality who had come to report to him all kinds of problems associated with the neighborhood. As I continued to become of age and increase my intellect, I started to understand those problems.
They would complain of unattended and untreated dumpsites in the area that were becoming a major habitat for mosquitoes and rodents that had started invading homes bringing with them a series of illnesses, discomfort and environmental pollution. I could observe keenly to see him delve between files and extract one that was written ‘environmental complaints’ and inscribe something in it, and then he would throw it on top a big pile of other dog-eared files that seemed unkempt and unattended for a long time.
The Change that You Want to See Begins with You
As time went by, even after joining college, I started getting concerned about the many complaints that were piling up in my dad’s office and which were not being reviewed and catered for, obviously, because there was no responsible leadership and no notable change in the municipality that could be pointed. I had joined college in the city where I had developed the tendency of visiting the local authority offices in the city hall to follow up on educational bursaries that were allocated to me from the local government.
This is where I realized that issues were being handled differently from the way they were being handled back at home. There was a system put in place to respond to queries and act on them almost immediately. I was inspired by the way the office was run and I became inspired to carry the same back home to transform our municipality.
When I completed my college studies, I decided to go back home to vie for the councilors seat since my dad’s tenure was expiring in a few month’s time. Having had some college education, I knew I had an upper hand. I had also learnt that the national government was allocating the local government a substantial portion of its budget for modernization and upgrading of some key social amenities. I presented my agenda to voters, vied and was elected as the councilor.
Provision of better Amenities to Raise the Living Standard of the Society
My first commitment was to improve the sanitation situation in my municipality. I started by seeking funds to put up a decent sewerage system and dump site that would be treated in order to dispose of all the refuse and waste materials that threatened the health of the local residents, especially the children. I then constructed a responsible office that was complete with an inquiry section for reports and complaints digitized all the necessary files that were piled up for a long time to make them easily accessible. The initiative was applauded by the local residents and the government at large.
I also realized that the major factor that led to increased cases of insecurity, disease transmission and spreading, and societal battles was the manner in which land was demarcated and the improper planning of housing units in the municipality. I therefore formed a new housing plan that saw the establishment of housing policies for those seeking to develop their land, and also collaborated with the ministry of housing in order for them to build new housing units that would favor the less fortunate families who had built their houses in closeness due to lack of space and resources. This project took a little longer time but it came to be after a span of at least three years.
My initiative and model of modernization became a major campaigning agenda in the next elections for all the municipalities in the district. Several social amenities such as dispensaries and schools were constructed across all the municipalities and this led to a modernized society living in the rural areas.
I therefore believe that although the process of modernization is gradual and that it is achieved in phases, it is attainable in the end as long as the society chooses progressive leadership who can come up with ideas that improve the livelihood of the people in the long run.