Muammar Gaddafi: Ten things Libyans were enjoying under Gaddafi
Well, Muammar Gaddafi may be known as ruthless dictator by many western world people, but every leader, one way or another is bound to be a dictator so long as national security is threatened, internally or externally. The gulf countries are ruled by leaders who uses iron fist, some dictators in Africa are dictators who are not accused by western countries as being dictators, South America too got numbers of dictators who are supported by the champions of democracy.
A dictator is not a dictator as long as he gives what is required to the people he or she leads. There are countries in Africa which are enjoying democracy but the state of living is just so severe that they run to those countries ruled by dictators to earn living. Here are the ten achievements Gaddafi did for Libyans;
- In Libya a home is considered a natural human right.
In Gaddafi’s Green Book it states: “The house is a basic need for both individual and the family, therefore it should not be owned by others”. Gaddafi’s green book is the formal leader’s political philosophy, it was first published in 1975 and all Libyans were intended to read it.
- Education and medical treatment were all free
Under Gaddafi, Libya could boast one of the best healthcare services in the Middle East and Africa. Also when a Libyan citizen could not access the desired educational course or correct medical treatment in Libya they were state funded to abroad.
- Gaddafi made the world’s largest irrigation project
The largest irrigation project in the world also known as the great man-made river was designed to make water readily available to all Libyans across and entire country. It was funded by Gaddafi government and Gaddafi called it “The eighth wonder of the world”
- It was free to start Agri-business
When a Libyan wanted to start a farm business, they were given a house, farm land, and livestock and seeds all for free.
- A bursary was given to mothers with new-born babies. When a Libyan woman gave birth, she was given $5000 for herself and the child.
- Electricity was free
Electricity was absoluter free meaning no electric bills.
- Cheap petrol
During Gaddafi’s reign the price of petrol in Libya was as low as $0.14 per litre.
- Gaddafi raised the level of education
Before Gaddafi only 25% of Libyans were literate. This figure was brought up to 87% with 25% earning university degrees.
- Libya had its own state bank
Libya had its own state bank, which provided loans to its citizens at zero percent interest by law, Libya had no external debt.
- The Gold Dinar
Gaddafi was trying to introduce a single currency for all African countries. It was called a pan-African currency which was linked to gold. Gaddafi was following the footsteps of great pioneer of pan-Africanism Marcus Garvey who coined the term “United States of Africa”. Gaddafi wanted to introduce and trade only in the African Gold Dinar. This move would have thrown the world economy into chaos. The Dinar was widely opposed by the global elites of today’s society. African nations would have finally had the power to bring itself out of debt and poverty and only trade with this precious commodity. We would have finally been able to no to external exploitation and charge whatever we felt suitable for precious resources. It has been said that the gold Dinar was the real reason for the NATO led rebellion, in a bid oust the outspoken leader.