10 Interesting Things You Should Know About Muammar Gaddafi
On the 20th of October 2011, Libyans rejoiced over the death of Muammar Gaddafi who was seen then as the worst dictator on earth. Muammar Gaddafi, who ruled the oil-rich country for 42 years was condemned internationally as a tyrant who violated human rights of Libyans and sponsored terrorism across the world. Although Gaddafi was labelled a dictator by the big world powers, a close look at what he did for the people of his country may compel you to change the way you see him. In fact, it was alleged that the invasion of Libya by the west and the subsequent killing of Muammar Gaddafi was because he boldly challenged the existing monetary system and wanted to establish a Pan-African currency based on Gold Dinar which would effectively free Africa as a continent from its dependence on the west.
Here are the things Gaddafi did which most people never knew.
1. Under Muammar Gaddafi, Libya was Africa's richest nation and they had no single external debt. The country had a foreign reserve of $150 Billion and Gaddafi helped increase Libya's GDP by 600% within the first 10 years of his rule.
2. Gaddafi made electricity free for all Libyans. Yes, you heard me right! Libyans didn't know what electricity bill actually looked like under Gaddafi.
3. Under Gaddafi's regime, there was no interest on loans and he paid any graduate who failed to get a job a salary that is commensurate with his area of discipline.
4. Medical treatments was absolutely free under his rule. All medical charges were borne by Gaddafi government.
5. Gaddafi made provisions for any failure encountered in the country's health sector. If medical facilities in Libya couldn't address the medical needs of a Libyan citizen, Gaddafi government would fund the medical treatments abroad and pay the patient $2,300 allowance for accommodation and feeding while abroad.
6. Education was completely free in Libya under Gaddafi. Before he came to power, the literacy rate in Libya was 25% but after several reforms in the educational sector, the literacy rate rose to 83%.
7. With a net worth of over $200 Billion, Gaddafi was the richest man on earth when he was alive and he made sure the citizens got their own share of the national cake. Gaddafi's main source of income was oil sales and he gave back some proportion of what he earned to Libyan citizens by crediting their bank accounts on monthly basis.
8. Under Gaddafi's rule, a house is a basic right for every Libyan citizen, he worked assiduously to ensure that no Libyan citizen remained a tenant. He gave newly married couples aids of $50,000 to buy houses and start their new happy life.
9. Under Gaddafi's government, every mother who gives birth to a child gets $5,000 from the government as support fund.
10. Any Libyan who wished to purchase a car paid just 50% of the price. The remaining 50% was paid by the government as subsidy.
Gaddafi was killed by the west in the guise of liberating Libyans from a tyrant but his death was ensued by chaos and anarchy in Libya. If an oil-rich country like Libya is chaotic, then the question of who benefits from the chaos arises. A wise man once said that "Chaos is a Ladder!"