Category: National Assignments

EU ON CLIMATE CHANGE: LEADERS AGREE ON 2050 NEUTRALITY TARGET

Yesterday, I saw this headline on AIT, “EU on Climate Change: Leaders Agree on 2050 Neutrality Target.”  Today, I am compelled to share my perspective about the story.

In line with my Green4Blue theory, there are two distinct approaches required to foster a proper Climate Action across the globe; the agro-approach and the techno-approach. Agro-approach is of the school of thought that planting of more trees to supplement for deforestation and other human activities could mitigate futuristic climate-related hazards. On the other hand, techno-approach believes in the maximization of modern technology and green inventions in combating global warming and other climate-related hazards. A good example of techno-approach is the innovation of renewable energy for eco-friendly power generation, phasing-out of petrol/diesel-driven internal combustion engines and replacing them with zero CO2 emission machines.

In line with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), under the Article 3, Paris Agreement (2015): “each country must determine, plan, and regularly report on the contribution that it undertakes to mitigate global warming”.

Here’s the blunt truth about the narratives; most African nations are currently deploying the agro-approach in mitigating climate change and other related hazards, whereas, most of the developed regions across the globe are currently making pragmatic moves and/or maximizing modern technology in fostering proper climate action. Some are currently maximizing legislative tools and policies in order to actualize their long-term goals within the speculated period of time.

Notably, considering the ongoing global discourse about Climate Change, the EU leaders recently agreed on 2050 neutrality target. Technically, this implies that after the next three decades, the conventional non-eco-friendly technologies might have been phased-out in the European Nations and other developed regions. It also connotes that most of the automotive manufacturers would be producing more electric cars, electric jets and other eco-friendly machines for renewable energies. If care is not taken, African countries would still be at the mercies of these nations and of these outlandish manufacturers through their massive importations of electric vehicles, solar-powered generators and other green machineries. Reason being that most of the African Leaders are currently quiescent in strategizing means to maximize modern technology for proper climate action, only a few are striving to key into this global wave of development. A good example is the proposed Kigali Green City. However, I need to note that fostering a proper climate action is beyond the phenomenon of building a green city. More expositions about this hypothesis are in the Green4Blue theory.

Sideways, we cannot deny the fact that some fully industrialized nations are presently skeptical about signing the Climate Action Pact – for being a potential threat to their economic well-being, until a more efficient, readily available and affordable energy source are discovered for exploitations. Here’s the current controversy, how can we strike a balance between the two discrepancies? How can we #SaveTheWorld from the global warming and other climate hazards without crashing the economy?

The closest answer is to structure a Global Synergy for Green Revolution – through intellectual and expertise exchange in order to innovate eco-friendly technologies, the likes of faster cars with long-mileage, long-lasting renewable energy sources for domestic usage and industrial consumption, while also garnishing the process with the agro-approach.  Have your hand on the Green4Blue Policy Document for more details.

The actualization of the long-awaited industrial revolution in Africa seems to be unfeasible within the next century, if by today we fail to join the rising wave of the global infrastructural shift.

In an attempt to rise up with the current wave of global infrastructural shift, here’s the question; “what step are we currently taking in fostering Green Revolution in Nigeria?” The Vision 2050, a long-term techno-economic development policy document, titled, The #Green4Blue Initiative (Green Tourism for a Blue Economy) is still the best coin-side for Nigeria and other African countries.

In reference to one of my epic quotes; “Future! Future!! Future!!! If by today we fail to prepare something for future, whenever the times, it would prepare anything for us…”

To #SaveTheWorld from global warming and other climate-fueled hazards; the actualization of one of this #GlobalGoals is a collective responsibility and Africa MUST not be left out in the process this time around.

Jawolusi Oluwaseun Solomon (The Author of NETISM, The Nigerian Green Revolutionist (The Green4Blue Initiative Trailblazer).

Source: https://netism.org/eu-on-climate-change-leaders-agree-on-2050-neutrality-target/

Photo News: The Public Presentation of the NETISM Book

Last month, the NETISM Book was publicly presented at the Abuja Enterprise Agency, kindly visit @netismorg on Instagram to view some of the pictures from the event. Big thanks to all those who came from far & near to grace the occasion with their presence.

Cheers

Also www.netism.org to know everything about “NETISM: The Art of Digital Parenting” by Jawolusi Oluwaseun Solomon

The Green4Blue Initiative gained an International Recognition

This year, thousands of potential prospects across the globe submitted different competition components for the #WBGYouthSummit, themed; “Smarter Cities for a Resilient Future”. Sequel to the submission of my 4-page proposal, titled; “#Green4Blue Initiative (Green Tourism for a Blue Economy)” and with respect to my preceding proliferation of green revolution for global infrastructural shift, I eventually emerged the Nigerian Delegate for the World Bank Global Youth Summit 2019, although, ‘circumstantially’, I would not be participating in the ongoing Summit, slated for today and tomorrow.

The ultimate goal of the international discourse is to instrumentalize ideas and policies that would actualize the 13th Goal (Climate Action) of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals – with the ultimate aim to #SaveTheWorld from Global Warming effects and other climate-related hazards.
However, Deo-Volente, my competition component shall be the theme of my 5th book in 2020, which is the articulating of a Long-term Techno-Economic Development Framework for a Coastal Green City.

The GREEN4BLUE initiative is a Maritime-Green Tourism Project channeled towards the realization of the Paris Agreement Goals – as it is in-line with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Under the Article 3, Paris Agreement (2015): “each country must determine, plan, and regularly report on the contribution that it undertakes to mitigate global warming”.

Find & follow the activities of the World Bank Global Youth Summit 2019 via the hashtags: #WGBYouthSummit #SmartCities #Cities4All.

Thank you.

Jawolusi Oluwaseun

Read more at www.netism.org/green4blue 

netism.org – NETISM: The Art Of Digital Parenting Is Coming Soon

This coming November, watch-out for the Public Presentation of the Tech-Social Development Literature, titled, “NETISM: The Art of Digital Parenting”

By Jawolusi Oluwaseun Solomon

iDARTS CGC – Interactive Digital Art of a Coastal Green City

Unveiling the Interactive Digital Arts of a Coastal Green City @ iDARTS Page . The localized Web application can serve as an alternative for Google Maps.
Cheers!

The First Nigerian Green City

 

 

 

By Jawolusi Oluwaseun Solomon – @jawolusi

 

 

TECHNO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: NIGERIA IN PERSPECTIVE. (Part 1) – By Jawolusi Oluwaseun

Techno-Economic Development: Nigeria in Perspective.  (Part 1)

By Jawolusi Oluwaseun

Keywords: Sustainable Development, Competitive Advantage, Green Technologies, Research-oriented Education, Industrialization, Curriculum Reform, Technology Transfer.

Introduction:

Conventionally, education is a viable human capacity-builder for a sustainable industrial development of any Nation questing for advancement. It goes without saying that the level of scientific/technological development is one of the yardsticks to evaluate the economic well-being of a State. Today, most of the developed nations around the world are being characterized by their export-led economies with respect to the maximization of their distinct competitive advantages – most especially the ones that are known for knowledge-driven global economies. In the recurring processes of disputing the viability of capitalism in fostering economic success of a State: the roles of Government can never be underestimated, most especially in making timely reforms for the pivotal sectors of the economy and instrumentalizing favourable policies for the actors and for the markets through different legislative tools and political orders.

The Advent of Green Technologies:

Most developed countries are currently phasing out the usage of internal combustion engines with the adoption of an eco-friendly mode of energy/power generation. As recently reported by CNN: “Norway is leading the way. About 40% of all cars sold in the country last year were electric or hybrid vehicles. The government’s transportation plan outlines a clear target. All new passenger cars and vans sold in 2025 should be zero-emission vehicles.”  Theoretically, this gesture is aimed at actualizing the Goal 13 (Climate Actions) of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals in an attempt to combat the wailing effects of global warming and other environmental pollutions being inflicted into the society by the usage of different petrol/diesel-driven engines. Prompted by certain reviewed legislative policies, these Governments have already tasked their technological researchers to invent different ‘Green technologies’ within a specified period of time in an attempt to reverse the consequential effects of human activities on their environments. This is what I call a feasible long-term techno-economic development framework – a type that shall not be influenced by political instabilities, citizenry interference and personal interests.

Research-oriented education through the means of curriculum reform: Nigeria in perspective

Considering the Third World Nations, certain Government policies should be dynamic in nature in-line with the updated global demands, most especially in the education sector while considering the acceptable standard of best practices. Practically, there should be reforms in the existing academic curriculum of the Departments of Engineering and Technology of all the concerned Nigerian Universities.  Research-oriented education must be fostered in an attempt to invent our own indigenous green infrastructures for Zero CO2 emission transportation modes and for an eco-friendly energy generation that shall be affordable and readily available for domestic and outlandish consumers. Capacity-building and human capital development, research-oriented education, technology transfer, favourable Government policies, viable capital mobilization channels, Foreign Direct Investments, attitudinal change and global partnership for expertise exchange: This is a clear pathway to attain the long-awaited industrial revolution in Nigeria with the next few decades while also supplementing the United Nations’ efforts to make the world a better place to live in.

For a Nation (Nigeria in perspective) to accomplish a trade balance in the international market, her gross exportation must be greater than (or equal to) her overall importations. In my oft-recited maxim of national development: for Nigeria to conserve her much needed foreign exchange, an export-led economy by the means of value-added industrialization must be stimulated by the co-operations of the public and private players. At this point, it time for us to foster the phenomenon of technology transfer and an export-oriented industrialization in Nigeria – being duly facilitated by global partnership for Foreign Direct Investments.

Actionable steps toward a sustainable industrial development in Nigeria. 

Pragmatically, the foundational step towards a successful industrialization in Nigeria is to reform and develop the education sector as a platform to build-up the necessary human resource capacities for a sustainable techno-economic development. The conventional curriculum systems of education must be dynamic, that is, it must be frequently upgraded with respect to the global demands. For a practical example, attentions should be shifted away from the conventional technologies of 4-strokes gasoline engines to the development of different long-lasting solar-powered motors and electric motors (AC & DC) with high service performance.  However, engineering students should not be denied the opportunities to have a comprehensive knowledge about internal combustion engines but the main focus should be inventions and development of green technologies in-line with the rising global calls. Relative to the United Nations’ policies to revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development, the various global technology facilitation mechanisms need to come in play in this aspect – by providing modern research and laboratory paraphernalia (accorded with due expertise) to some targeted Universities in the developing countries.

Technology transfer in this context means the conversion of research results into marketable products by investors. Industrial revolution is the process by which a country (with a unique competitive advantage of certain product) yields enough for domestic consumption while also excessively available for exportation. These gestures will undoubtedly strengthen the value of the nation’s currency for higher purchasing power parity (PPP) in the international market, while also facilitating Foreign Direct Investments (FDI), increasing the standard of living of the people, guarding against outrageous National debts, increasing the Nation’s GDP, eradicating poverty through job creations and many other dividends.

Conclusion:

It is high time for Nigeria to leverage on the intellectual resource potentials of her people as a distinct competitive advantage for a sustainable techno-economic development. “The true meaning of development is the improvement of value-added activities that will pay-off in the future” (Bruno, 2014). It is therefore imperative for the Government of any nation seeking a successful industrial growth to invent a long-term techno-economic development blueprint, a type that will not be influenced or halted by political instability and citizenry lawlessness. Bruno Marshall Shirley (2014) once said: “the examples of the Tigers clearly show us an alternative path to development: a strong central government guiding the economy rapidly forward through distinct stages of development until it reaches full industrialization”.

 

Thank You!

JAWOLUSI OLUWASEUN

 

The Rule of Law

Ideally, Political Hitlerism is inevitable if the concept of ‘Separation of Power’ is not taken into cognizance in a saner clime: The Judiciary, The Executive and The Legislative Arms of Government are distinct, yet cohesive in decision-making processes, it takes the synchronous resolutions of two arms to dissolve the third in a democratic setting, however, the Jurisdiction of the Executive Arm to exceptionally exercise Veto Power cannot be underestimated, yet limited. This is how to respect the Rule of Law

  • Postulated by Jawolusi Oluwaseun Solomon, 2019 –

Revitalizing the Nigerian Education System

During a recent inquisitive research of mine: I came across an epic Yorùbá magazine popularly known as “Gbédègbeyò”, often found in most of the secondary schools’ libraries of the old Ondo State as at the late 70s and 80s.

Amazingly, i saw a rectangularized public announcement at the page 15 of this particular edition of the publication, encouraging students to get paid by becoming a columnists in the magazine, (see the attached image) as interpreted below:

“Announcement! Announcement!! Announcement!!!

Earn 5 Naira for every writing you send to us, it could be eventually shortlisted for publication, but such content should not be less than 1000 words, except it is a Tale, Poem, Lesson Learnt, Eulogy or jokes”.

In the Nigeria of today, the 5 Naira of that era has an approximate monetary value of about 3000 Naira to 5000 Naira which is just the present 1/5th of some Nigerian States’ minimum wage.

I am also sure that this same 5 Naira can no longer buy anything again in Nigeria, not even a tom-tom or a kuli-kuli in any aboki shop.

You can infer several other conclusions from the above facts.

How i wish the culture of reading among the Nigerian Youths could be sustained till this present era. The truth of the matter is just that: “na who book don epp for Naija?”.
An average Nigerian graduate is no longer assured of job security in his or her field of study after passing through the pains of the harsh educational environments. How will such citizen be encouraged to engage in research-oriented education or to contribute to national development.

Also, the rapid decline in the Nigeria’s educational standard is a great impedance to the actualization of an effective National integration Strategy in Nigeria. (A topic for another day).

Circumstantially, Nigeria experienced the oil-boom era but made a mistake of establishing an un-diversified mono-centric economy. Decades after gaining independence, not boastful of any competitive export product with an un-industrialized economy. These are the foundational underlying facts that have led to the present unemployment rate and other wailing societal challenges in Nigeria.

Taking a further flip through the pages of this epic magazine, i saw a Yorùbá proverb that depicts the law of karma.

“Sisé sílè ni àbòwábá, ení su sónà á bá esinsin nígbà àbò”

(see the attached image)

Interpreted as “What goes around comes around” or further explained as “as you sow, so shall you reap” which is the basic law of Karma.

Can you now see the beauty of the Nigerian culture?
Do private schools still have some Nigerian languages in their curricula?

Undoubtedly, culture, tradition and history are crucial heritages of a Nation, if you want to incapacitate these people, make them forget these legacies.

Permit me to note that most of wailing societal challenges in various Nigerian communities can be traceable to the rapid decline in the Nigerian educational standards, cultural shift, moral decadence, ignorance of the citizenry rights and the lack of exposure to their history.

As we all know, education is the backbone of the development of any nation, one of the recurring challenges in Nigeria is that most of the figure-heads are educationally half-baked breads, leading to their infinitesimal respect for education. You cannot give what you do not have.

Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family. – Kofi A

I need to also note that the National Orientation Agency (NOA) also has an obligation to reorient and educate Nigerians on their citizenry rights i.e. what the Government expects from them, and what their constitutionalized duties as citizens.

If i may ask, how soon shall we get out of this dungeon of under-development in Nigeria?

Jawolusi Oluwaseun Solomon

37 Nigerian youths named African Union Ambassadors

Thirty Seven Nigerian youths who participated in the maiden edition of ‘The Labour Room,’ Nigeria’s first reality TV show geared towards national development, have been honoured as Ambassadors of the African Union (AU).

The youths drawn from the states of the Federation, including the FCT, were named ‘African UnionAgenda2063 Ambassadors’ by the African Union Economic, Social and Cultural Council (AU-ECOSOCC) on Friday in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that The Labour Room, an initiative of Nigeria Rebirth Foundation, assembled 37 youths, male and female, Muslims and Christians, selected from each state of the federation and the FCT.

The youths, who were christened ‘Governors’ were housed in a mansion for 60 days during which they analysed and x-rayed a myriad of issues bedeviling the nation and articulated recommendations for reform.

During their stay in the mansion, leaders from different backgrounds, technocrats, captains of industries and international organisations, including representatives of the AU visited them.

Dr Tunji Asaolu, Nigerian Representative of the AU-ECOSOCC presented certificates of honour to the Governors, urging them to be worthy Ambassadors and contribute to nation building.

Asaolu, who was represented by Hon. Chinwe Maduike, Head of AU-ECOSOCC Secretariat in Nigeria, enjoined the recipients to use their experiences from the Labour Room show to complement Government’s effort towards promoting economic development, unity and peace.

“The African Union is proud of you, and that is why you are made its Ambassadors.

“You are now job creators, therefore apply the skills and the knowledge you acquired from participating in the show to contribute your quota to the economy and society at large,” he said.

In her remark, the National Coordinator of the Labour Room Reality Show, Mrs Obioma Madu-Udealor, commended the AU-ECOSOCC for identifying with the initiative.

She noted that the honour was the inspiration the recipients needed in their quest to strive as entrepreneurs and leaders in their fields of endeavours.

“The programme is designed to promote unity in our diversity, as issues to be addressed included conflict resolution, leadership, unity, economy and international perception, among others,” she said.

She explained that among other benefits, the initiative was to stimulate young entrepreneurs and create jobs.

She called on Nigerians of goodwill, especially corporate bodies to identify with the Nigeria Rebirth Foundation in its poise for a better Nigeria.

Mr Arabi Tukur, Managing Director, Abuja Enterprise Agency (AEA) felicitated with the young Ambassadors, saying his organisation would provide mentorship for them.

“The Governors have just concluded four days of training with the Agency. As future leaders, you must work very hard in building the Nigeria of our dreams.

“The Abuja Enterprise Agency is willing to partner with the convener of the Labour Room, by providing technical and financial assistance,” he said.

NAN

Source: Vanguard Newspaper @  https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/07/37-nigerian-youths-named-african-union-ambassadors/

 

#NewEkitiDream endorsed by Hon. E.J. Agbonayinma

Just yesterday, I was honoured with an African Union Agenda 2063 Ambassadorial Award at the Abuja Enterprise Agency, AEA, Entrepreneurial Complex, Jahi, FCT, Abuja sequel to my well-representation of Ekiti State for a developmental course and with respect to my evidential contributions to the actualization of the organizational goals of African Union – Economic, Social and Cultural Council – AU-ECOSOCC Nigeria.
 
Today, I decided to pay a courtesy visit to the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development of the Nigerian National Assembly where I foundationally got exposed to diverse socio-economic development activities during my compulsory one-year NYSC Service to the Nation.
 
I further took my time to visit the Lower Chamber of the Nigerian National Assembly where I was opportune to have an interactive session with Hon. E.J. Agbonayinma about Nigeria’s socio-economic development engagements while we also discussed about the present state of affairs of Nigeria.
He afterwards got an autographed copy of the New Ekiti Dream Book with a brief on its potential to stimulate a sustainable developmental agenda in Nigeria.
 
The New Ekiti Dream Book currently has more than 48k free downloads online, you can join this moving train by downloading the PDF version at www.newekitidream.com/book
 
Regards,
 
AMB. Jawolusi Oluwaseun Solomon

 

Transcript of the Welcome-Home Interview and the Unveiling of the New Ekiti Dream

Being The Transcript Of The Welcome-Home Interview Of The Ekiti State Representative In The Labour Room National Development Reality TV Show, Graced With The Unveiling Of His Personal Development Project – “The New Ekiti Dream” At The Ekiti State Television – Ekiti – 30th June, 2018.

Interviewer: All right now, we will take the interview segment with our guest who is already with us in the building. My own brother, Jawolusi Oluwaseun Solomon. Nice having you on the Show today. How is everything?

Seun: Fine.

Interviewer: uhhhmm! You were the Representative of Ekiti State in the Labour Room TV Reality Show…

Seun: Yes Sir

Interviewer: Of course you were here when the show wanted to kick-start, and of course, you told us some of the things you were going there to do, to actually represent Ekiti State in that Show, I thank God you are back, of course, let me quickly ask you, what was the experience like?

Seun: uhmm! Wonderful, amazing and transformational. That’s all I have to say for now.

Interviewer: What actually informed this name: “Labour Room”? Why Labour Room?

Seun: uhmm! Labour Room! From the name, like, structured on the ideals to give birth to a new Nation; to instrumentalize ideas and policies to foster the recreation of the Nigerian identity. So, hence, prompt to engage the youths – the pivotal citizens in some think-tank interactions, each from each Nigerian State, and uhmm, at the end of the day, I am so proud to give birth to a developmental idea: “The New Ekiti dream”. So, I went into the Labour Room for 60 days, to Labour, pushing to give birth to a new Nation – Nigeria, and uhmm, I’m back home! I’m happy to be back home with an idea that will foster an all-round transformation of my State and Nigeria at large.

Interviewer: That’s good! Now, let’s look at ehmmm! New Ekiti… of course!

Seun: The New Ekiti Dream!

Interviewer: You have the New Nigeria! Right?

Seun: Yea! The New Nigeria Dream!

Interviewer: Let’s talk about “The New Ekiti…”

Seun: umhhh! Okay, to start with, during the course of the TV Show, we were actually opportune to have several invited guests from all spheres of professions, you know; Dignitaries, Movers and Shakers, Captains of Industries and several reputable icons. Most importantly, The British High Commissioner to Nigeria visited us during the course of the Show. He made mention of something, that; “In the past three decades, specifically in the early 1970s, that, Nigeria and South Korea were at the same level, but today, this same South Korea is ahead of Nigeria in ever developmental capacity. And he also noted that, South Korea blazed a trail for an export-led economy. This revelation inspired me to look into certain underlying facts that fostered this socio-economic revolution of these Asian Tigers. Hence, I discovered that; one of the foundational steps toward development is to have a long-term socio-economic development plan in contrast to our recurring short-term blueprints that we often tag as manifestoes. Hence, a prompt to develop this 30 years socio-economic development plan for Ekiti State. It cuts across all sectors; placing the sector that needs maximum interventional attention on the scale of developmental preference. So, uhhmm, that’s how this New Ekiti Dream is being instrumentalized.

Interviewer: That’s good. So you were there for 60 days, that’s roughly two months,

Seun: Yea,

Interviewer: Now, uhmmm, while you were there, I am sure you actually represented Ekiti State, but, how well did you represent Ekiti State?

Seun: uhmmm! (Smiling)

Interviewer: By displaying our potentials, some of the things we have here in Ekiti State.

Seun: uhmmm! Okay, to start with, in this New Ekiti Dream book, it contains 30 years socio-economic development plan and some of my successfully solved National assignments. Take for instance, during the course of the Show, we were given a task, to personally develop a crisis management module for Nigeria. And, ummhh! The result is inside the book. And also, different debates on how to move our respective States forward. All these reports are in this documentary.

Interviewer: Okay

Seun: And not only that, you also asked… how well I represented Ekiti State. By the matter of fact, as we all know, Ekiti State has the smallest population in the South-Western Nigeria. We know that! But on the other way around, can you just believe that Ekiti State has the highest number of votes – 6 percent. Uhmm!

Interviewer: that’s good

Seun: And emmm! I think Ogun had 2%, oh! Sorry Oyo had 2%, Ogun had 1%, Osun nil, Ondo nil and Lagos earlier evicted.

Interviewer: So Ekiti State actually has the highest?

Seun: 6 % – highest; despite the fact that we have the smallest population in the South-Western Nigeria. So, how else can I make my State proud? That’s the true spirit of jingoism. That’s my philosophy – you will know what I mean by jingoism! I will explain that, maybe subsequently.

Interviewer: uhm! uhm! Okay! Now! Ahhh! that’s why you came up with this book right? The New Ekiti Dream…?

Seun: Yea! The New Ekiti Dream.

Interviewer: ahhh! Ahhh! What actually evolved this “The New Ekiti Dream”?

Seun: uhmm! As part of the criteria to meet up with the standard of this programme, each of the Representative was actually given this obligation to develop a personal development project for their respective States. So, this is my personal development project for Ekiti State; how to develop Ekiti State for the next 30 years – talking about all the pivotal sectors of the economy, placing them on a scale of preference with respect to the attention being needed. So, that’s how it was evolved…

Interviewer: ummh! Let’s look at the book itself – The New Ekiti Dream. Uhmm! How does it affect our economy as a State? Let’s look at it generally.

Seun: ummmh! As it is! As it is, I told you; in the nation-building process, the Government and the people both have crucial roles to play; while the Government creates favourable environment for investments and businesses to thrive through the times, the people must be ready to take responsibilities; embark on certain personal development projects, embark on some personal social responsibilities. So this book contains some of the viable ideas, policies and engagements in form of civic responsibilities that the people need to assume in order to foster the long-awaited all-round transformation of Ekiti State. So, that is what the book is all about. So, as it is, it’s not for sale, it’s free, free access, you know! So, I want the illustrious Sons and Daughters of Ekiti at home and in the Diaspora to have access to this written work, download it, read through it, and at the end of the day come back to display the true spirit of jingoism. What do I mean by true spirit of jingoism? Extreme patriotism, having true love for your State or for your country. And ehhmm! Research results have clearly shown that; successful Nations of the world today or successful States were developed by jingoistic men – men that have true love for their countries or for their States, men that made it outside and afterwards came back home to invest in their States to foster job creation, to foster all-round transformation, that’s how successful Nations and successful States were built. So, this book contains some ideas, some recommendations, and some strategies on how to develop Ekiti State for 30 years. I just want people to read through it. And by the matter of fact, I was in the Labour Room for 60 days, several invited guests came to speak to us, we had lots of professionals, all the experiences gained from them fostered the realization of this documentary – this book. So, I want the Ekiti people to pick it up for free, read through it and at the end of the day – come back home to come and foster the all-round development of the State as part of their responsibilities to the development of the Nation and the State.

Interviewer: uuhm! You just said that, it is free! Right?

Seun: yea, it’s free.
Interviewer: how can an ordinary man on the street, of course, get this book?

Seun: as it, as it, uhhm! It’s actually downloadable at www.NewEkitiDream.com . You know, I actually have an online platform in order to foster the sustainability of this project. You know! To enhance the long-termness, you know, a lot of activities will be going on, a lot of personal development projects that will be structured towards empowering the youths will be going on. Soon, I will start pushing some of the contents of my book – titled: “Empowering Youths with 30+ Lucrative ICT ideas”, I will be putting it on the site for free, for people to read through it, to start maximizing it for self-reliance. Also, you said; “how can common man in the street have access to it?” – while the online version is freely available for downloads, responsible, patriotic Ekiti Sons and Daughters can pick it up and say; “okay, I want to sponsor the production of 200 copies”, and afterwards distribute it to schools, distribute it to higher institutions for people to read through it and at the end of the day contribute to the development of their State.

Interviewer: So, as it is now, some people might need this hard copy, I want you to make it available – I don’t know what it will cost you anyway, but then try as much as possible, so that people… you know, not everybody… have access to the internet…

Seun: …are IT-oriented… I understand…
Interviewer: of course, so that people can easily lay their hands on this hard copy. Now, let’s quickly relate this to ahhh uhhmm… NOT TOO YOUNG TO… ofcourse…

Seun: NOT TOO YOUNG TO RUN…

Interviwer: Okay! How can… can you actually link that? Is there any thin-line between them?

Seun: in my oft-recited maxim of National Development, I always say something, that; “the future of the Nigerian economy, the future of the well-being of the Nigerian all-round transformation depends on how pragmatic and how contributive the Nigerian youths are”. See, the youths need to take up certain responsibilities. I will not want to go into the details right now. (Smiling)

Interviewer: Okay, Now, are you telling us that Ekiti State will have some youths who can actually run and of course hold some elective positions?

Seun: uhhm! As it is! As it is! Basically, I will not want to talk about appointments right now because I have an ideology – Socio-Economic Development, Not Socio-Political Development, for now! So, this book is all about Socio-Economic Development – How to develop the social structure and the economic structure of Ekiti State. So that’s how it is.
Interviewer: Alright! Alright! Alright! The message is… of course… it is well-understood. Now, if I may ask you on a final note, this book as it is now, at the Labour Room, did you make it available there?

Seun: Definitely, I was in the Federal Capital Territory last week, Abuja, at the head office of the Nigeria Rebirth Foundation – I actually gave a copy to them, and by now I’m sure that ehhhmm… people will have access to freely download the soft copy online, so it is a free material – you know.. www.NewEkitiDream.com/book .

Interviewer: Okay. Let’s narrow it down to Ekiti State, how can you get this down to some the Stakeholders?

Seun: Definitely, I have some printed copies for some highly-rated Dignitaries, notable Dignitaries that are committed to the progressivism and the diversification of Ekiti State’s economy. So, this will definitely get to them. Definitely!

Interviewer: Alright! Okay! I hope your home-coming back to Ekiti State is going to be of benefit to us here, after the 60 days Labour Room experience?

Seun: Definitely, I will be embarking on certain personal development projects, you know, you said something, you earlier asked a question. Now, we need to start taking responsibilities. Now, while established organizations embark on corporate social responsibilities, let the Youths, let the patriotic citizens, jingoistic citizens embark on personal social responsibilities. So as part of my contributions to the development of my State and my Nation at large, I will be having certain empowerment programmes soon, they will be unveiled on the website and subsequently on other media platforms.

Interviewer: Alright, Mr. Oluwaseun – thank you so much for coming on the show today.

Seun: Thanks alot Sir.

Interviewer: And of course, I wish you a better future, so that people here in Ekiti State can actually benefit some of the things you have actually gained over there, in Ekiti State. I think it’s available for us, so that we too can actually gain from it and make our State a better place for us to live in. Thank you so much for coming once again.

Seun: Thank you Sir.

Interviewer: God bless you

Seun: Amen

Interviewer: Alright! the show continues, its weekend special, don’t go anywhere! Stay with us!

National Assignment 2 – Crisis Management Module

2.4 – NATIONAL ASSIGNMENT 2:

CRISIS MANAGEMENT MODULE

BY THE HOUSE OF PALM.

Being the texts of a presentation by the Representatives of Akwa-Ibom, Borno, Kaduna, Abia, Katsina and Ekiti State (House of Palm) in the Nigeria Rebirth National Development TV Programme.

To start with, crisis management can be referred to as the diplomatic steps being put in place to resolve a brewing crisis or an ongoing conflict between two or more distinct entities.

Naturally, when two or more homogeneous or heterogeneous entities coexist together in a community, a centrifugal force tending to separate them often evolves i.e. the repulsion by some groups towards regionalism. This issue often leads to structural inbalance most especially if the Government at the centre cannot effectively manage and control the brewing ethnic regional forces for the sake of their peaceful coexistence.

Certain underlying factors often lead to conflicts between two or more groups. The level of human development of the people will influence the kind of conflict between them and this same level of human development will also determine how such crisis will be solved.

For the purpose of this presentation, we will be classifying crisis into 2 different types:

– INTERNAL CRISIS
– EXTERNAL CRISIS

In addition, ENTITY A & ENTITY B shall also be used for practical examples for the purpose of this presentation.
The imaginary entities can either depict a group of people or a nation, an association, a state, a movement, an organization and many others.
Hypothetically, the distinct entities A and B will be assumed to have different characteristics which are clearly expressed @ Table 1.0.

INTERNAL CRISIS: this can also be referred to as homogeneous crisis, which entails the conflict between two or more elements (people) of an entity with thesame characteristics such as identity, culture, tradition, value system, ideology etc.
This type of crisis often occur within a community, an organization, or in a group, in a quest for survival and competition.

“It is this same urge that separate us from animals; it is this same urge that has been responsible for civilization itself. The quest for survival and supremacy”.

At this point, we will like to outline some causes of this Internal Crisis:

  1. Scarcity of resources such as shelter, food and others.
    2. Uneven access to economic opportunities.
    3. Unequal access to education.
    4. Poverty.
    5. Deprivation of fundamental human right, such as freedom, equality, justice, security, welfare of the people and many others.

All the factors listed above can brew crisis within a group of people with thesame identity.

EXTERNAL CRISIS: this can be referred to as a heterogeneous crisis, which entails the conflict between two or more entities with different identity, tradition, culture, value system, background and others. For a practical example, this kind of crisis often ignites when the regionalized ENTITY A & ENTITY B are being merged together, while at thesame time being ruled by a Government at the centre.

The inability of the Government at the centre to manage and control the regional forces of the ENTITIES A & B will naturally create a divisive tendency.

At this point, we will like to enumerate some of the causes of heterogeneous crisis:

  1. 1. Hegemony
    2. Unequal access to economic opportunities
    3. The claim of supremacy
    4. Group pluralities                                 
    5. Tribal discrimination and racism.
    6. The politics of recognition.
    7. My house – My home mentality.

We will like to briefly explain the listed underlying factors that can cause external crisis;

  1. Hegemony: this is the excessive use of power by a group over the other ones, be it the majority or the minority in any instance. For a practical example, if Entity A is being excessively given a political power than the Entity B, then B might start reacting afterwards, thereby leading to conflicts.
  2. Unequal access to economic opportunities: a situation whereby the resources of the nation is being mismanaged, irrationalized and the resultant wealth generated from the exploitation of the Nation’s resources are being unevenly distributed among the people, this will unavoidably lead crisis between the distinct Entity A & B in the quest for survival and competition.
  3. The claim of supremacy: practical examples are land disputes between bounded ethnic groups and communal clashes due to illegal territorial protectorate.
  4. Group Pluralities: a phenomenon – when Entity A and B comes together to form a multicultural society, a natural centrifugal force tends towards separatism. If not properly managed, the resultant effect is crisis.
  5. Tribal discrimination and Racism: whenever Entity A in any manner claims superiority over B, the resultant reaction often leads to conflicts if not controlled.
  6. 6. The politics of recognition: In Governance, the quest for Entity A to always be in charge over B or vice versa will naturally create a divisive politics, the repulsive effects thereby leading conflicts if not properly managed.
  7. My House – My Home Gestures: In a situation whereby Entity A migrates to the community of Entity B, after spending several years of fruitfulness in B’s land, yet A does not take responsibility of contributing to the B’s community development. Whereas, the said “A” only visits his so called home (State of origin) during festive periods. This attitude is wrong; the state building activities is our collective responsibility irrespective of our state of origin.

At this point, we will like to enumerate 3 viable modules to solve the afore-listed internal and external crisis, out of many.

  1. Proper Orientation: Entities A & B must be enlightened on the need to peacefully coexist together as one, for the purpose of maximizing the strength in their diversity, for the pursuit of the Nation’s prosperity. The NOA – National Orientation Agency needs to take up this huge task of strategizing more effective means of educating Nigerians, in the rural and urban areas, and all cadres of citizens on embracing tolerance of other ethnic nationalities. The citizens must also be well-oriented on having the sense of national consciousness, respect for other groups’ value system, culture, tradition, way of life, ideology and others.
    This is the new message, “Love must be our new Lingua Franca in Nigeria”.
  2. Reformation of the Nigerian alien policy: if the Entity A migrates to the territory of B, A becomes an alien therein. In such a situation, what will be constitutional provision of Entity A’s inalienable economic, social and political rights and benefits in B’ territory? All these laws and policies should be well-defined with the effective implementation and enforcement. Hence, there is a pressing need for an effective National Integration policy in Nigeria – the pathway to human development.
  3. Engaging Intermediaries between the conflicting entities: this entails the use of a viable mediator for diplomatic resolution of conflicts between two or more groups; this is a feasible method to manage any brewing crisis or an ongoing conflict in various Nigerian communities. Such an intermediary could be employed by either of the parties in settling such uprisings, enlightening both parties on the need for peaceful co-existence.

We will end this presentation by this saying: “the desire to be important has always been the deepest urge in human nature”.

God Bless Nigeria.
Thank You.

Note: The Solution to a task given to the House of Palm during the course of the 60 days travail in the Labour Room National Development Reality TV Show.

Module Invented and Written by Jawolusi Oluwaseun Solomon.

 

NATIONAL ASSIGNMENT 3: THE BIG DEBATE

NATIONAL ASSIGNMENT 3: THE BIG DEBATE

TASK: Without Colonization, most African countries would have become Super powers. True or False?

Take a position and present your points before a panel on Monday 12:00pm.

THE DEBATE:

If African Nations will rise up from being the third world Nations to fully developed citadels of abode, we must move on to face the reality rather than playing the usual blame game on colonialism, even decades after gaining independence.

Before me this day is an argument that, without colonization, most African Nations would have become Super Powers.

The basis of my argument is “false” and I will be backing up my point with some underlying facts in the next few minutes.
Colonization officially started after slavery was abolished during the emergence of the industrial revolution in 1884 at the Berlin Conference in Germany.

Colonization itself can be best described as the act whereby a superior nation conquers another and afterwards subjects it under its government, civilization and authority by declaring a protectorate over the territory or the region.

Furthermore, I will like to describe what it is meant for a nation to be a Super Power. A nation can be referred to as a Super power one with respect to its effective national integration strategy, high level of human development index and the status of its economy. Analytically, for a nation to be termed as a Super power one, the resultant economic prosperity must be evenly distributed among its citizens.

However, many countries of the world can today be referred to as Super Power Nations, few decades after gaining independence from their colonial masters.

In the case of most African countries, certain underlying facts have been impeding their development at all facets of life, mostly, the refusal to move on and the usual casting of the blame game on the colonial masters’ interference in their evolution sequence.

Considering certain historical relevance, in the 18th century, the British newly actualized industrial revolution, hence, there was a quest for the sustainability of their newly acquired status. In search of mineral-based resources and agro-based raw materials such as cotton, sugar cane and others for their factories accompanied with the fact that they needed man-power to cultivate farms and at the same time for industrial operations. The British’s expedition for the sustainability made them travel down to the coaster territories of West African States. However, the coastal territories of the West African regions became a hotspot for the British.

Eventually, Lagos became a British colony in 1861. The Colonial Masters saw Lagos as an accessible trade route to Europe.

Not only that, the region was also seen as a channel to expand their religion missions, induce their formal education while at the same time stimulating their style of civilization in Africa. Civilization in this context can be referred to as the rejection of a primitive way of life to adopt an exposed and a more generally accepted one.

Historically, in 1990, the British Colonial Masters further declared a protectorate over the Northern Nigeria in an aggressive Military operation. In 1914, the British Colonial Masters amalgamated the Northern and Southern Nigeria for the “theoretical” purpose of the people to maximize the strength in their diversity for the pursuit of a prosperous nation. A common identity such as the Lingua Franca (English language), national flag, national anthem and other national identities were introduced to them in order to help them manage their multicultural and societal differences.

At this point, I will like to present a comparative analysis of some countries that were once under the influence of colonization before they eventually gained independence.
South Korea, Nigeria and South Africa were all colonized. Ethiopia is the only African nation that was not colonized, yet today cannot really be referred to as a Super Power Nation.

At this point, I won’t be too quick to conclude that colonization might not obstruct a nation from being a super power one. On the other way around, I won’t deny the fact that colonization can potentially inhibit the process of developmental evolution of the nation in question. There are always pros and cons of any evolution or revolution.

Despite the fact that the colonial masters truncated our process of evolution and development, while they also made our forefathers to forcefully serve, I will like to enumerate some positive impacts of colonization in Africa, in an attempt to solidify my basis of argument.

1. Colonial masters introduced and “refined” civilization to Africa, a modern clothing system in contrast to some traditional outfit of being half or almost naked, while also replacing certain primitive ways of life to a modernized and generally accepted one.

2. The British Colonial Masters introduced modern medical technology to Africa against the primitive way of medical treatments. I will not deny the facts that our traditional medical treatments are still functional; however, the contemporary medical treatment is just a mere plus with lots of advantages of making life better. Relatively think of the modern maternity treatment against the primitive way child-birthing, the difference is clear.

3. Education is the pathway to development, most especially, when science and technology are being fully maximized as an engagement tool. The Colonial masters introduced formal education to the most of their African colonies with the aim of fostering their all-round development. Though I won’t deny the fact that they had some vested interests in Africa.

4. Without the Colonial Masters’ impacts for making some African communities recognize the value for human life, certain activities like, the killing of twin babies in some communities among other barbaric traditional rites and cultures would not have been abolished. Mary Slessor and other Missionaries blazed a trail for this social revolution, most especially in some Nigerian communities.

5. The instrumentalization of modern transportation systems in Nigeria.

6. A tree does not make a forest, in 1914, the British Colonial Masters amalgamated the Northern and the Southern Nigeria for the purpose of maximizing the strength in their diversity, by harnessing the earth’s resources for national prosperity while also evenly distributing the generated wealth among the people. This was the initial game-plan. What could have happened along the line? It is so sad to note that our problem is the mismanagement and irrationalization of these blessed resources.

This is the gospel truth of the matter; “There is always a price to pay for any form of revolution. No gain without a pain. The British Colonial Masters exposed us to civilization, Western education, modern health care technologies, modern transportation systems, respect for humanity and many other positive developmental changes in Africa, most especially taking Nigeria as a critical example. All these were done at the expense of making some of our forefathers to forcefully serve them, while at the same time exploiting our diverse resources for their nepotic interests. This is what I term as a 50-50 situation, nothing goes for nothing and something goes for something.

I also need to point out that, without colonization, most African nations “might” still be Barbaric up till today like the people of the uncolonized Papua New Guinea in the Asian continent. Research results clearly show that there is evidence of human settlement as long as 35,000 years in the territory, yet no glaring wave of civilization. I think colonization would have been helpful in fostering the region’s civilization, though somewhat disadvantageous.

So why can’t we just accept out fate and move on to face the reality rather than shifting the blame on colonization for the major reason for our glaring under-development in Africa.

At this point, I will like to expatiate on certain critical factors that have led to the wailing under-development problems of most African Nations’ inability to be termed as a Super power Nations.

Lack of vision and direction:
It is so sad to note that most African Nations don’t have a well-defined sustainable economic and national development agenda. Most of them don’t even know where they are going to in the next 5 years.

As a practical example, the vision to make Singapore a world class financial and trading centre of the East Asia was conceived by Stamford Raffles, a dream that was actualized few years later by subsequent visionary leaders. Just one leader, just one visionary transformationist is needed to take the people to the aspired greener pasture.

Today, Dubai is a world class Tourist destination, a vision that was conceived several decades ago by some visionary and futuristic leaders, while the long-term goals were actively pursued by the cooperation of the government and the people, and today a reality.

Hypothetically, I hope that I won’t be too quick to conclude that colonization is not the major impedance to the all-round development of most African Nations. Rather, Africa’s present status is traceable to the mismanagement of their endowed mineral resources, natural resources and human resource capacity coupled with the lack of sustainable socio-economic development frameworks.

However, if Africa nations will ever rise up again, Nigeria being the most populous African Nation must act as the Trailblazer.

– The issues of tax payment:
An average black man does not pay tax. We have several cases of tax avoidance and evading of tax in most African Nations.

These public funds should have been acting as the citizens’ personal social responsibility in contributing to the development of the nation. On the other way around, taking the short-comings on the paths of some nepotic leaders into consideration, in some cases, even when the taxes are paid, such public funds are often diverted for selfish and personal use. No country can develop with this kind of attitude. In my oft-recited maxim of National development; “the Government and people both have crucial roles to play in the nation-building process”.

Taking Nigeria as a critical example, viewers out there, let us ask ourselves, when last did we update our tax records in the Federal Inland Revenue Service of Nigeria? A moment of ponderous reflections. You see! We are all guilty of impeding the actualization of the goals to make Nigeria a Super Power Nation. And besides, if I may ask, does the Nigerian Government have an effective database to manage the transactional activities of all her citizens in order to keep an updated track record of their income details and tax activities?

We need to get back to work!
Research results have clearly shown that most of the Super power nations of the world today all have their citizens duly complying with all the tax laws while also adhering to the fulfillment of other basic common laws.

– The crude and primitive mentality of an average black man:
Most African nations would have been working together, duly maximizing their distinct comparative advantages for the development of their nations.
On the other way around, it is so sad to note that in this modern age, black still rise against black, not only within local communities, but also within the African continent. We still have recurring issues of jungle justice incidence in different societies instead of letting justice take its natural course, knowing fully well that a suspect is innocent until proven guilty.

In addition, we still have recurring issues of xenophobia in some African countries, we still have ethnical strife, racial discrimination and so many other divisive tendencies that have led to insecurity issues. We should also note that, security of lives and properties is one of the foundational step towards the all-round development of any nation.

Without any iota of doubt, if most African Nations will be counted as super power Nations in the nearest decade, there is a pressing need for mental restructuring, a viable human development strategy, a new national ideology and an intellectual revolution which entails the productive exploitations of our endowed human resource capacity in Africa.

– Active participation:
If most African Nations will be referred to as super power Nations, the government and the people both have tasking responsibilities to assume.

On the path of the Government, the example of the Asian Tigers Shows us an alternative path to development, a central government guiding the economy forward through distinct stages of development until it reaches full industrialization.

On the path of the African people, they must be ready to set
aside their personal economic interests for the sake of the national interests, in the pursuit of actualizing a well-laid down socio-economic blueprint. In addition, I need to note that the future of the African economy depends on how entrepreneurial or how self-reliant the African youths are.

On a more serious note, most of the African Nations are blessed with good agricultural land values for the cultivation of cash crops and arable crops, but it is so sad that they still import processed and canned foods for daily sustenance.
If I may ask, what stops the youths from collectively engaging in the large scale farming of some locally consumable and exportable agro-products? Today, Nigeria as an example still imports petty items like toothpicks from China despite the fact that we have bamboo trees in the Southern part of Nigeria.

In order to conserve the much needed foreign exchange in African nations, the lackadaisical attitudes of being consuming nations rather than producing ones must stop.

– Not patronizing African made products;
An average black man does not appreciate his or her locally made products, they rather patronize or import some petty outlandish commodities. Why not encourage the local manufacturers?, the gesture which could have fostered the conservation of the much needed foreign exchange in most African Nations. The responsibility of the people in the nation building process is to patronize their locally-made products while at the same time giving feedback to their manufacturers for improvement and perfection. We all know the story of “China phones”, how they were discriminated at during the initial stage of dabbling into electronics productions at the inception of the China industrial revolution era. They did not allow those negative feedbacks to weigh them down; rather, they were seen as a viable tool for improvement and perfection. Today, most of the electronic gadgets being used in Africa and other continents of the world are majorly Chinese products with competitive edge above the already existing ones.

I need to also emphasize on this fact, that on path of manufacturers of locally made products, at the initial stage of productions, there is always a need to strike a balance between the two major discrepancies in production – profit and quality. Manufacturers must not use sub-standard and low quality raw materials for production in an attempt to maximize profit. Putting all these things together, Nigeria and other African Nations are at the edge of actualizing the long-awaited industrial revolution.

– Irrationalization and mismanagement of resources by means of bad leadership structures:
I need to point this out again, that Ethiopia was never colonized, yet not still referred to as a Super power Nation today.

South Africa on the other way around experienced more period of colonization than any other African country, today, one of the most developed African country in terms of infrastructural development with well-structured academic systems. Infact, some of the citizens of the nations that have gained independence from the colonial masters’ rule since far back as 1960s now troop in to South Africa for an advanced educational experience.

Though South Africa is still battling with some ethnical issues among other forms of domestic challenges, but I hope that I won’t be too quick to conclude that the long presence of the Colonial Master in South Africa fostered the appropriate rationalization and the management of her resources in attaining such a commendable substantial infrastructural and national development.

Taking Nigeria as another case study, crude oil was discovered few years after independence was gained from the British Colonial Masters’ rule. Along the line, the discovery of this valuable mineral resource which could have been an element of an evenly distributed national wealth paradoxically led to the streamline of the economy over the decades, thereby leading to a glaring impedance to our socio-economic development.

The mineral resource has been mismanaged and has also led to the neglect of other auxiliary driver of the economy (such as Agriculture) that could have saved the Nigerian economy from the brim of collapse.

In this modern age, while France is planning on how to ban the usage of Petrol Vehicles for a more eco-friendly mode of transport, most African Nations are still being faced with the problems of leadership disaster – the major developmental nuclear holocaust in Africa. There must be a change of attitude for the full-flowering of African development.

As I round up, I need to make certain points clear. Without Colonization, some African nations would not have been exposed to civilization haven missed an experience of the ideological revolution.

Hear this out; it will sound like a shock to know that up till today, in this modern age, there still exist several uncolonized countries. A good example is the Papua New Guinea being rated as one of the least civilized country in the world. Eventually, the United Nations recently gave a directive that the country should not be colonized by any superior one. Her process and sequence of evolution should not be influenced, interfered into or truncated.

Experimentally, to the best of my understanding, let us see how long it will take the uncolonized nation to catch up with the wave of modernization. Back to my point, this fact clearly depicts that most African Nations would have still be wallowing in the darkness of living a barbaric and underdeveloped way of life if not for colonization. It is good we call a spade a spade and not a farm tool.

It is however so sad to note that, up till today, Africans are still playing the blame game on their colonial masters for their present quagmire state of all-round development.
In a wider view, Malaysia was once colonized by Britain just like Nigeria. However, instead of trading blames, they have accepted their fate and moved on. Malaysia has so advanced economically, socially and politically that today, it is common to see a huge number of British residents in the country. It took the country few decades from independence to become a fully industrialized economy. Malaysia identified agriculture as its cardinal comparative advantage for economic revolution and therefore took drastic measures to maximize its potentials, while at the same time developing other light and heavy industries.

South Korea is also a perfect example of a nation that was once colonized, engrossed with the challenges of the Korean war experience, resiliently moved forward from being a third world nation to a fully developed nation of the world today. Today, KIA Motors, Hyundai Motors, LG products, Samsung products and other movers and shakers competitive export products being massively consumed across the world today originated from South Korea. The South Koreans did not allow their ugly colonial pasts and painful war experiences to weigh them down in the peninsula and dungeon of under-development. They moved on. So if I may ask, what is stopping us in Africa? For how long shall we blame our socio-economic woes on our colonial masters rather than rising up to the task of facing the realities?

At this point, I can rightly conclude that colonization is not the impedance to the all-round development of most African countries in becoming Super Power nations. The problem is the refusal to move on by always playing the blame game on their colonial masters, the refusal of the people to take responsibility, while the leaders are somewhat myopic in their national development strategies coupled with the poor structures on how to manage and rationalize their endowed mineral resources and human resource capacity.

Thank you.

Written and Delivered By Jawolusi Oluwaseun Solomon.

(Solution to a task given to the Ekiti State Labour Room Governor during the course of his stay in the Labour Room National Development Reality TV Show)

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