7 DAYS IN THE PEARL OF PERSIA Nigeria can learn useful things from Iran –Reza
Posted by alanmirs on July 25, 2011
From AIDOGHIE PAULINUS, Abuja
Monday, July 25, 2011
Iranians take pride in referring to their country as the Pearl of Persia. And in a sense, Iran actually is. The cultural highlights and museums of Tehran, the majestic ruins of the ancient city of Persopolis, Esfahan’s beautiful Islamic architecture, the magnificent Sassanian rock-reliefs and the royal tombs of Naghsh-e-Rostam make Iran, a country in Central Eurasia, located on the north eastern shore of the Persian Gulf, tick.
The 18th largest nation in the world, in terms of land mass of 1,648,195 kilometers square, has drawn the world’s attention due to the numbers of sanctions imposed on it.
Many nations of the world and international bodies impose sanctions on Iran. These sanctions bar nuclear, missile and certain military exports to Iran; investments in oil, gas and petrochemicals; exports of refined petroleum products; business dealings with the Iranian Republican Guard Corps; banking and insurance transactions, including with the Central Bank of Iran and shipping.
Apart from sanctions imposed on Iran by the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU), the United States, Canada, Australia, South Korea, Japan, Switzerland, India and Israel have also added more sanctions..
In spite of these sanctions, Iranians are not deterred and they grow from strength to strength, developing rapidly, all on their own, even ahead of nations without sanctions.
Iran is an arid land, which could be referred to as a desert. Yet, it houses almost all soil produce beyond the reach of countries with arable lands.
At the time of this visit, sponsored by the Iranian Embassy in Nigeria, the 13 sojourners did not set their eyes on any overflowing river as they were all dried up. Yet, we saw water, gushing out of every nook and cranny of Iran. We were even astonished when at the Ettela’at media house, which has been in existence since 1926, we learnt that power has only gone out of Iran on two occasions in the last 10 years.
There is actually zero-tolerance for immorality of all forms of which alcohol is one of the chief forbidden acts.
Its tourist centers are legendary. You have the Hashth Behesht palace, the Nightingale Garden, built about the 17th century, and the Imam Square, which is the second largest in the world, measuring 150×350 meters, built by Shah Abbas, about 400 years ago.
The Esfahan’s Mobarakeh Steel Company is the largest industrial complex in Iran and has been established, commissioned and started-up after the victory of the Islamic revolution and entered into operational stage since early 1993. While its annual production capacity is 5.2 million tonnes of steel sheets, it is expected to peak next year at 7.2 million tonnes.
Mr. Rasool Mehmandoost, Steel Development Expert and Public Relations Officer of Esfahan Mobarakeh Steel, said “Esfahan Mobarakeh Steel Company occupies a land mass of 35,000 square kilometers and it is producing at 90 per cent capacity at the moment.”
He counselled Nigeria in respect of the Ajaokuta Steel Complex whose construction began almost at the same time with Esfahan Mobarakeh Steel Company: “The best way for the Nigerian Government to make maximum profit from the huge complex is to get the industry functional before exploring the possibility of its privatization.”
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