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L.I.S.A. (Lockdown ICT Skills Acquisition) by NETISM.org kicked-off today with 76 participants

L.I.S.A. (Lockdown ICT Skills Acquisition) by NETISM.org kicked-off today with 76 participants.

Notably, the students were given free access to tutorial manuals for today and tomorrow, while alongside freely participating for two days.

This lockdown seems unending any time soon, hence, we need to maximize the precious moment for value-added purposes such as having more exposures to the viability of the Digital World.

As you have all seen, Digital economy is the new crude oil.

By Jawolusi Oluwaseun Solomon.

Visit NETISM.org to read the training manual for day 1.

L.I.S.A. (Lockdown ICT Skills Acquisition) by NETISM.org kicked-off today with 76 participants

 

COVID-19: After this is over (By Jawolusi Oluwaseun)

(A Narrative by Jawolusy)

After this pandemic is over;
We will definitely know the value of greeting our loved ones with hugs and what it means to exchange pleasantries with handshakes,

After this rough road gets smoother,
We will learn never to misuse our freedom for it not to be taken away from us, we now know how it feels to be caged,

After this scary time is over,
We will all realize that “air” is the most valuable asset for the rich indoor and the average man at the gate,

After this turbulent sea gets calmer,
We will all know the value of having fun at playgrounds, especially, hanging out with loved ones for a date,

After this tough time is over,
We will all respect the fact that all breathing things have feelings too, even the animal in a cage,

After this hard time is over,
We will learn to know that we can cut our daily costs, and live without some luxurious stakes,

After this is storm is over,
We will definitely learn how to take life easy, because tomorrow is like an unpredictable outcome of a game,

After this weird moment is over,
we will all realize that we can do without several addictive habits, the only discipline we need is a mere tame,

After this cloudy sky gets clearer,
We will all realize that breathing, sleeping and waking up are the most precious gifts of life, they should be much more desirable than our endless quest for wealth, power and fame,

After this dark cloud gets brighter,
We will definitely learn to pay more attention to scientific research and technological solutions, even beyond the academic frame,

And after this pandemic is over,
We will always remember that sons of men fought with two types of enemies; the poor were scared of hunger (an enemy within), so they trooped into the streets, while the rich were perplexed of a virus (an enemy outdoor), so they stayed indoor to evade the fierce flame.

By the NETISM Author (Jawolusi Oluwaseun)

5 WAYS TO GET THE MOST OUT OF 2020

(Being the texts of a presentation by the NETISM Author, @ “LET’S TALK ABOUT IT NOW” Group, on 30th December, 2019)

Within the next few hours, this year would be coming to an end, paving way for another chapter to be opened. During such a season, goals and targets have always been set by people, organizations and many nations across the globe. That’s why you often hear or see Vision 2020, Vision 2050, Millennium Goals and so many others.

Alongside, over the years, many people have adopted the tradition of embarking on “NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS”, whereas, those long lists tend to be forgotten after few days later.

To get the most out of this new decade, here are some tips for you:

  1. First thing First: there is a common say that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a step! No! No!! No!!! That has been a wrong notion. In my own philosophical thought, the journey of a thousand miles begins with determination, planning, preparation and then with a step. In 2020, stop the attitude of putting the cart before the horse; before you embark on any journey, be it in businesses, relationships, affairs and others, always do the first thing first, that is, be determined.Secondly, write down your plans and frequently read through them, afterwards, prepare for the trip before taking a step. Preparation involves a lot of sacrifices, sometimes, you need to start saving earlier, depriving yourself of sleeps, comforts, and many others. All these ingredients are the fuel that could quicken your steps while opting and striving to attain your aspired destination.
  2. Become diversified: there is a common say that, diversity is the spice of life. There is also a popular Yoruba adage that says that: “ona kan o w’oja…”, meaning, several roads lead to every market.
    Many people are financially unstable today because they only rely on their salaries or a single source of income. No! No!! No!!! In 2020, start learning new skills. In fact, ‘double your hustle’ is getting outdated, it is now turning to ‘triple your hustle’, (a legit one in view, so don’t get it twisted). In fact, you could pick up a musical instrument, learn it for at least 6 months, start playing for events and shows during weekends/breaks/holidays and afterwards make some passive income. Learn graphics design, learn how to bake cakes, learn tailoring skills, learn public speaking and many others. Also, do not underrate the knowledgeable power of the internet, by the matter of fact, you could virtually learn anything on YouTube.
    Today, most people see me to be multi-talented, but believe me, all these acquired skills are products of sleepless nights and other sacrifices. Can you imagine that, years back, I once drove from Abuja to Ilorin just to learn a skill from my former schoolmate? That’s what it takes to get the goals at all cost. By all means, become a goal-getter in 2020.
  3. The right time is now. If you have ever thought of doing something productive, the right time to take a step is Now! For instance, today, I have written 4 books within this 4 previous years; years back, I had a vision of writing 10 books within 10 years just to set a record in my community, it seems unfeasible when I started in 2016, today, the dream seems possible, and by the matter of fact, I am already writing my 5th book slated to be launched by 2020 (a massive project this time around).
    Relatively, Rome was not built in a day, no matter what you have envisioned, the right time to make a move is NOW.
  4. Make your dream a reality. In the course of doing different businesses, recently, I discovered that potential partners and prospects are not really interested in your business ideas until you have made some moves to convert the idea into something physical and feasible, while in some cases, something touchable. I also need to noticed that you do not need a huge amount of money to make certain moves when it comes to the realization of your dream, all you need is to start saving earlier by cutting your costs, depriving yourself of luxury lifestyles just to save for the raining day. (In summary, differentiate between necessity and luxury in 2020 by simply separating your needs from your wants).
    By the time you have a model or prototype of your imaginary ideas, people would want to associate with you, fund your projects, support you and also partner with you. I am a living witness in this regards. Just last month, precisely 23rd November, I launched my latest book, titled; ‘NETISM: The Art of Digital Parenting”, in Abuja. It was a self-funded project right from the inception up to the level of paying for the venue. To cut the long story short, I didn’t receive any support from any individual or from any organization until few days before the D-day. Here’s the little moral lesson, people would always be skeptically waiting and watching, asking questions such as, let’s see if the event would be postponed? Let’s see his personal capacity and serious efforts before we partner with him, let us see his crowds, and many others like that.
  5. What can you do?
    I have an oft-recited philosophy; “Do not tell me what you can do, rather, show me what you have done; I can easily infer your delivery capacities through your professional track records.”

In 2020, do not make the mistake of being too theoretical, become a practical expert in anything you do. Don’t just tell your business prospects and potential customers what you can do, rather, show them pictures, models and prototypes of what you have done in the past. By adopting this strategy, you can easily convince potential clients and business prospects to consider your proposals.
In short, in 2020, ensure that you capture every moment with a camera in order to have a reference point in the future.

Lastly, do not underrate the power of the internet. The Internet is the New University where you can learn everything and become anything in life.

Have a fruitful 2020.

Jawolusi Oluwaseun Solomon
(The NETISM.org Trailblazer & The Founder of #Green4Blue Initiative)

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

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

 

Tech-Arts by Jawolusy

 

 

 

Your heirs will see my Tech-Arts like a mirror on their home walls: they will be inspired to become Engineers, Inventors and Trailblazers…

Your employees will stare at my Infrastructural Arts on their offices’ walls: they will get motivated for optimized productivities…

Science-based students in various Academic institutions will intermittently gaze at my Tech-Arts like a mirror on their classes’ walls: they will be obliged to foster the phenomenon of ‘Technology Transfer’…

If i may ask!!! For how long shall we be slaves to the rising waves of global civilization?

Jawolusy

The Coastal eTrain Station – AutoCAD by Jawolusy

Putting everything together; Mechanical, Civil and Architectural connections were all depicted in a single representation.

Here’s how the traffic-congested areas of Lagos will look like in the nearest future. For instance, Either at rush-hours or free hours, by using the electric train systems, it will only take two minutes to trip from Lagos Island to Mainland.

Jawolusi Oluwaseun Solomon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jawolusi Oluwaseun Solomon

eRACER V1 – Electric Racing Car: A prototype of the future modes of transport

eRACER V1 – Electric Racing Car: A prototype of the future modes of transport

 

Objectives: Blazing a trail for a technology shift in the conventional transportation systems in an attempt to mitigate the recent climate change (extremely hot weather) in Nigeria, the type that may have resulted from the possible effects of global warming, due to the recurring emissions of CO2 from various fossil fuel internal combustion engines. Hence, a necessity to invent an eco-friendly modes of transportation – such as the different models of electric vehicles.

THE PROBLEMS AT HAND: Apart from other forms of environmental pollutions and breathing-related health issues being caused by the by-products emissions of petrol/diesel-driven engines, several research hypotheses also confirm that CO2 also affects the level of atmospheric precipitations, thereby forming acidic rain. This can affect the full-flowering of various agricultural practices and other aquatic lives (overpopulated regions and highly industrialized areas are mostly affected in this regard, due to massive CO2 emissions from power plants, Fossil fuel I.C.E. vehicles and other power Generators).

 

ACTUALIZING THE 13th GOAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS’ 17 SDGs: While analyzing the actualization of the previous MDGs – Millennium Development Goals, several reports depict that Sub-Sahara African Countries and South-Asian Countries are the under-achievers among other Nations. However, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals are here again – strategized by the United Nations, in an attempt to make the world a better place to live in – today and in the subsequent decades. “Climate Action” is the 13th Goal of the 17 SDGs of the United Nations. In an attempt to combat global warming, some nations are already making actionable moves, whereas, most African Nations are redundant by not considering the futuristic consequences of their actions and inactions of different climate exploits. This is another wakeup call for all!

 

So Far, So Good: In an attempt to actualize the global climate goal by collectively infinitesimalizing the effects of global warming, several countries/cities around the world are currently experimenting and implementing policies/methods on how to actualize a clean air by banning the sales and importations of fossil fuel-driven vehicles within the next few years/decades – in an attempt to achieve the 13th SDGs of the United Nations. Pragmatically, as reported by the Reuters: “In Norway, 52% of new car sales were electric in 2017” while the country is already making moves to ban the sales of petrol/diesel-driven I.C.E. cars in the next 6 years (2025). “By 2030, Israel will be banning the importation of I.C.E. vehicles – while only electric cars and the hybrid ones driven by natural gas will be allowed”. GZ also reported that: “Rome (Italy) will be banning diesel vehicles from the city centre by 2024, while Athens, Paris, Madrid, Mexico City will be banning the use of all diesel vehicles by 2025, Brussels (Belgian Capital) by 2030”. “In France, there shall be no sales of petrol/diesel vehicles by 2030”. Alongside, some States in the US, Germany, India, Taiwan, China, United Kingdom, Netherlands and Ireland are already developing a long-term plan to actualize a clean air by phasing out the conventional fossil fuel I.C.E. vehicles.

 

WAKING UP THE SLEEPING GIANTS: To aggravate the situation of the recurring global warming, culturally, African Nations have been the dumping ground for Tokunbo/used-cars which are more susceptible to CO2 emissions, while the inveterate use of petrol/diesel powered generators also contributed to other wailing environmental pollutions. It is very wrong for a country to import/use a diesel powered locomotive train in this cyber age L – considering its severe environmental pollution challenges. Most African countries that are majorly influenced by the global warming effects are not strategizing long-term plans on how to actualize zero-emission transportation systems within the next few decades. If I may ask! Are we going to become slaves to civilization once again? For how long shall we continue to import more than we export? In an attempt to strike a trade balance in the global market, African Nations (most especially Nigeria) must have more exportations than the incessant importations. That is the true meaning of gaining independence!

 

Recommendations: At this point, there should be bills and motions in the Nigerian National Assembly, structured towards experimenting and implementing some environmental laws in Nigeria – with the target to actualize a clean air in the next few years/decades. The only ACTION PLAN to accomplish this goal is to engage some dedicated Nigerian Scientists, Engineers, Technologists and other Foreign Research and Development Consultants on the global-moving-waves of technology shift in transportation systems – inventing an eco-friendly transport mode, such as electric vehicles and other hybrid cars that are driven by natural gas. The point remains the same, paradoxically; “In this side of the world, those who have ideas are not in power, while those in power have no ideas”. However, the right time to change the narratives is NOW!

 

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE Electric vehicles: The developmental index of a Country can also be measured by her level of Research and Development of various scientific, technological and engineering inventions. Practically, when it comes to the schematics of electric vehicles, either the ones driven with AC motors or DC motors, there are still a lot of milestones to be reached in terms of service performance. For instance, the regenerative braking systems being deployed to auto-recharge EV batteries through its forward momentum can be upgraded, so that an electric vehicle can always recharge itself more efficiently. Also, for the case of electric cars driven with DC motors, a sturdy magnet that can produce more RPM/Torque for faster EV engines can be invented in this side of the world. These are the areas and many other ones that can be exploited in this course.

 

INTRODUCING THE eRACER – V1:  The Electric Racing Car (eRACER V1) was modeled with an AutoCAD Application (2010 Version) in an attempt to invent a new genre of racing sport with faster EVs, while other replica models can be used as the conventional zero-emission trains, vehicles, sky-birds, trams and others – in order foster an appropriate climate action in Nigeria and other parts of the world, while also contributing to the actualization of the 13th goal of the 17 SDGs. The optimum target is to engage in R&D to invent a faster/turbo-like EV engines which can simultaneously recharge its battery as we pedal to the metal, alongside supplementing the existing battery-recharge system (regenerative braking) derived from the forward momentum of the motor.

 

CONCLUSION: As I have always canvassed for in my previous writings and during prior public interviews, it is high time for the Nigerian Government to partner with other private players in order to establish a National ICT Industrial Park in the 6 Geo-Political Zones of Nigeria. The action plan is to engage in the research and development of certain timely products (hybrid cars that use natural gas and other types of electric mode of transports,  alternative source of cheaper/readily available/affordable energy for the generation of electricity) while the end goal is to blaze a trail for an industrialized/export-led economy among other dividends such as generating employment opportunities, actualizing a human-friendly nation, combating global warming and improved standard of living.

Most of all, no matter the amount of deposits of fossil fuels in Nigeria, research already confirms that such precious mineral resources will finish one day. If I may ask! What shall we fall back to – as a viable means of transportation? In the next few decades, how shall we sustain as a Nation in terms of a supplemented source of power generation? In reference to one of my epic quotes: “if you fail to prepare something for the time, whenever the time comes, it will prepare anything for you”.

Thanks.

Jawolusi Oluwaseun Solomon

(A Mechanical Engineer, an Information Technologist, a Policy Analyst and an Author)

Fayemi Asks Eleka To Join In Efforts To Take Ekiti To Next Level Of Development

PRESS RELEASE

FAYEMI DEDICATES VICTORY TO EKITI PEOPLE

…..Urges PDP candidate to join in efforts to take Ekiti to next level of development

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has declared that Monday’s judgement of the Ekiti State Election Tribunal affirming his election as the validly elected Governor of the State is a re- affirmation of the wishes of the vast majority of Ekiti people.

Governor Fayemi who hailed the judgement as another proof that the wishes of the people will always prevail, said he is forever grateful to Ekiti people for electing him as governor for a second term and by standing by his government.

” It is a victory for all Ekiti people. This is democracy at work. This is a reflection of the wishes of our people and i dedicate the victory to our people” said Fayemi in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary. Mr Yinka Oyebode.

The Governor also urged his main challenger, the PDP candidate, Prof Olusola Eleka, to join hands with him and the rest of Ekitis in taking the State to the next level of development and prosperity.

“It is a great day for democracy. And the judiciary has proven again that it is the last hope of the common man.

“We shall now continue with the task of rebuilding our state and restoring the core values of our people without any iota of distraction” he said.

Dr Fayemi also urged his supporters to be magnanimous in victory and celebrate in moderation, saying that he remains the Governor of all Ekitis regardless of party affiliation.

“It is a victory for all of us and together we shall restore the state’s lost glory.

” Our desire is to bring back peace, progress and prosperity to Ekiti State. The journey has just begun.

” I call on the PDP candidate, Prof Olusola Kolapo, who is an illustrious son of the state, to join us in the efforts to take the State to the next level of development and prosperity” , the statement added.

signed
Yinka Oyebode
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor

Video: https://youtu.be/lY3ejwUpWNc

Ekiti State Approves TSA

Chief Press Secretary Addressed the pressmen in his office today.

Ekiti state Executive Council that held today Jan 9, 2019 gave approval for the state to commence the Treasury Single Account (TSA).
TSA is to help block govt revenue leakage & help promote transparency among others.

Also, Oye, Ijero, Moba and Ekiti Southwest gets 250million intervention funds in Education and Health sectors.

 

Watch Video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCVZpB5a1b4

 

Source: https://www.nairaland.com/4950190/ekiti-states-approves-tsa

 

FOREWORD OF THE NEW EKITI DREAM

30 YEARS SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PLAN AND THE LABOUR ROOM EXPERIENCES.

Sometime in October, 2017, I was invited as a guest speaker in the Labour Room National Development Reality TV Show. I eventually met the Author of this book during the course of my presentation, well-seated beside me as the Spokesperson of the 37 Youths’ Ambassadors who represented each Nigerian State for the 60 days TV Project.

Spending several decades in the active public service to the Nation, I was opportune to visit more than seventeen countries, including USA, UK, France, Hong Kong, Australia and South Korea, among others for different professional engagements. I need to note that some countries (developing and developed) already know their destinations in the next twenty years or thereafter. Their present leaders and the subsequent ones coming into different offices already have a duty to adhere to the actualization of an established long-term developmental blueprint with a set of well-defined targets that must be carefully achieved by them within a speculated time frame.

In fact, advanced nations are sustainably built with such an attitudinal responsibility; by consistently implementing a range of effective legislative and policy tools while internal challenges are being eradicated. Sequel to this fact, for Nigeria to become a great achiever in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the government and the people must be willing to embrace some attitudinal changes. In my own perspective, a paradigm shift towards improving future activities is the true meaning of development.

Having read through this book, I can rightly point out that the quest to invent a viable approach to stimulate a sustainable development agenda in Nigeria is such a timely task, worthy to be embarked upon by patriotic citizens. As a Political Scientist, a Lawyer and an experienced Police Officer that transcends the length and breadth of Nigerian landscape, I have found out that the structural variations of all the States in Nigeria often make it unrealizable to have a single workable national-centric long-term development plan. Hence, a need for visionary citizens to proffer a workable socio-economic development blueprint for each State in Nigeria with respect to their distinct peculiarity and challenges, while also placing some pivotal sectors on the developmental scale of preference. Additionally, our duty as State-builders is to creatively invent a practicable concept of democratic fair-dealing for a sustainable development. In the first chapter of this book, the Author who represented Ekiti State in the First National Development Reality TV Show in Africa have taken the responsibility of writing this state-centric long-term socio-economic development plan for his State. I can rightly confirm that the goal of this policy book is targeted at replicating some of the foundational strategies that helped in facilitating the drastic economic success of some advanced countries, taking the Asian Tigers into consideration.

Furthermore, as we all know, Ekiti State is well-endowed with different unexploited natural and mineral resources, agrarian lands for the large-scale cultivation of food and cash crops, vast intellectual resource capacity with respect to the academic excellence of the people in Education and so many others. However, with respect to the present developmental phase of the State, there is still a glaring need to kindle for an industrialized global economy in order to meet up with the national target. Pragmatically, the high level of educational attainment in Ekiti State must be translated into physical development. The foundational step towards the actualization of this goal is by inventing, planning, experimenting and implementing a sustainable socioeconomic policy with the action-plan to actualize the long-awaited highly-industrialized and diversified economic structure in the State.

This book systemically positions the sector that needs maximum interventional attention on the scale of preference, while also itemizing the strategies for the protectionism of this long term agenda against any interfering interest, providing a feasible approach to privatization of some state-owned establishments, with an understandable stratagem on the development of higher-valued-added industries in Ekiti State. The Author further placed maximum attention on the pressing need for Ekiti State to maintain a position of economic necessity in the South-Western Nigeria, by formulating competitive health-based services needed to guard against the recurring issues of brain-drain in the health sector, inventing industrial-based products, instrumentalizing research-oriented educational services needed for technology transfer and analyzing the phenomenon of cooperative farming to yield large-scale agro-export products needed to strike trade balance, in an attempt to meet up with the citizenry demands, while also conserving the much needed foreign exchange in Nigeria.

As clearly referenced in this enterprise, the shared Confucian culture of the Asian Tigers helped their drastic economic success few decades after gaining independence. Sequel to this fact, the influence of culture and tradition of the people cannot be unconsidered while having a futuristic developmental plan, most especially when replicating the model of the socio-economic framework of these advanced nations in other part of the world. The people must be ready to set aside their personal, ideological and economic benefits for the sake of actualizing the State Government’s well laid-down long-term goals that solely depends on the youths‟ active participation in the state-building project. Undoubtedly, the future well-being of the Nigerian economy solely depends on the practical contributions of the youths to the national advancement. The Government must also create a favourable environment to institute a viable macro-economic growth targets in investment. Most importantly, stress was laid on the need for the legitimacy of the State Government to be founded on the ideals of meeting the citizenry needs.

Furthermore, the chapter two of this book seems more entertaining than the previous. It contains the Chronicles of the Author’s 60 days experiences in the Labour Room Mansion while pushing to give birth to a Superior Nation. The section is loaded with pictorial references of the dignitaries, movers and shakers, celebrities and iconic personalities who visited the applauded Labour Room Governors for well-seasoning, for diversified orientations and for an adept exposures to different professional fields. This section is also accorded with the compendium of some of his successfully solved national assignments during course of the national development programme. I can rightly conclude that, if all these diverse ethnic nationalities in Nigeria can successfully coexist for such a long period of time with minimal internal challenges: It is therefore a practicable experimental model that all the tribes in Nigeria can peacefully coexist together to maximize the strength in their diversity for their national advancement, a crystal-clear indication of sanguinity for Nigeria.

The last chapter concentrates on the pre-show activities by the Author, fulfilling the criteria required to be qualified for this national assignment. Some of the pictorial representations in this section show the active participation of the Ekiti Youths in this state-building project, by taking responsibilities. The gesture is a praise-worthy one, an assurance of enormous optimism for the Ekiti future.

I congratulate Oluwaseun for successfully representing Ekiti State for such a timely national assignment in the Labour Room National Development TV programme organized by the Nigeria Rebirth Foundation. I give you kudos for birthing this judicious input to the modernism of Ekiti State and that of Nigeria at large. Going the extra-mile to have an online driven platform (www.NewEkitiDream.com) for the sustainability of this policy document clearly depicts your jingoistic crave for a better Nigeria. For being such an articulate Engineer with timely participation in social activities; you have undeniably proven yourself as a true heir of the Fountain of Knowledge.

To conclude, I hereby recommend this book for research-oriented educationists, potential investors and most of all, to be looked-into by the present and the subsequent Ekiti State Governments for the feasible experimentation and the implementation of some viable developmental ideas therein, while also recommending it particularly to the illustrious Sons and Daughters of Ekiti at home and in the Diaspora.

Ekiti a gbe a o!

Thank you.

AIG. Tunde Ogunsakin (RTD.) BA, LLB, BL, Acl, Arb. (UK),

BASHORUN OF IKERE KINGDOM,

IKERE EKITI,

EKITI STATE.

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

Something Like The Google Station: I Saw It Coming, Though I Didn’t Know When

Amazingly, “Nigeria is the fifth country to launch Google Station, following India, Indonesia, Mexico and Thailand”.

“Free-to-air internet service for Nigerians”.

Reportedly, Nigerians and ISPs at designated locations in Lagos, Kaduna, Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Enugu and Abuja are the foundational beneficiaries of this timely project.

You know! Noah sounded like a fool until the endless rainfall…

Coincidentally, this developmental aspiration was enumerated in my recently launched the #NewEkitiDream Policy Book – Specifically on page 44 on printed version and also on page 44 on its PDF version.

Ekiti get ready, we need to build our own “work station” regardless of this initial exclusion on the list of the Google Station. The jingoistic stake-holders in Ekiti need to collaborate to actualize this dream. How to get the realization of this dream is well-enumerated in the NED book.

Fidel Castro have said it all: “A true man does not seek the path where advantage lies, but rather, the path where duty lies, and this is the only practical man, whose dream of today will be the law of tomorrow…”

If you know, you know! There are lots more thrilling concepts tailored towards the progressivism of the Nigerian economy to be explored and discovered in the NED Book.

Freely download the NED Policy Book and read more @ www.newekitidream.com/book.

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

 

Video: Unveiling event of the NEW Ekiti Dream (Interview)

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 – EkTV – 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.

Interview: 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.

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!

#NIGISL: Football is not a mere sporting activity

 

#NIGISL: Football is not a mere sporting activity – It is a viable tool for National Integration.

The Government at the centre has the constitutional obligation to instrumentalize programmes and policies tailored towards the national integration of all the diverse ethnic nationalities in Nigeria.

The ultimate goal of these National Integration principles is to create a sense of national consciousness among Nigerians while also uniting them together as one.

The NYSC programme, The principles of Federal Character, The Nigerian 6:3:3:4 Education System, The Nigerian Sporting Systems and other societal tools are strategies often deployed to synchronize all the diverse ethnic groups in Nigeria with the aim to maximize the strength in their diversity for the Nation’s prosperity.

In my oft-recited maxim of National Development, the foundational step towards the nation-building process is to invent or revitalize the feasible strategies of National Integration in Nigeria.

Taking Sport as a case Study, all the major ethnic groups in Nigeria are well-represented in the Nigerian Super Eagles Team.

    Nigerian won Iceland 2:0 @ #Russia2018

Practically, a Yoruba Man plays as a defender, an Igbo Man plays as a midfielder and a Hausa Man plays as a striker. All the sport-centric ethnic nationalities often work together with a high team-spirit to achieve a common goal. Whenever a goal is achieved, it doesn’t matter who scores it, rather, Nigeria wins, all the tribes celebrates together as one irrespective of their background, culture, belief, political ideology and regardless of their differences.

A clear result of a United Nigeria was recently portrayed (on 22/06/18) as the Nigerian Super Eagles won Iceland (2 : 0). The Nigerian representatives in the #Russia2018 World Cup made the Nation proud by collectively working together to achieve the common goal, yielding Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora the celebration of excellence.

Without much ado, there is a need to maintain the sustainability of this culture of excellence in the Nigerian Sports sector and relatively in other programmes established to foster the sense of National consciousness among Nigerians.

Relatively, all the ethnic groups in Nigeria must work together to stimulate a sustainable transformational agenda in the Nation, while also fostering the infinitesimalization of Nigeria’s recurring socio-economic challenges.

Most importantly, irrespective of the structural variation in our tribal differences, value systems, traditions, cultures and opinionated ideologies of the people, the Government at the centre must consistently maintain the peaceful coexistence of the diverse ethnic nationalities at the region by strengthening all the established National Integration programmes and policies.

Once again, congratulations to Nigeria for the recent victory.

Thank you.

Jawolusi Oluwaseun Solomon
( The Author of The New Ekiti Dream Initiative)

Unveiling The Ned Policy Book: This Is Not Business As Usual

1. It should be noted that this is not a saleable book, rather, a personal development project which is a state-centric policy book – instrumentalized to foster a diversified socio-economic growth, in an attempt to improve the livelihood of the Ekiti people and extensively that of Nigerians. We are trying all doable means to reach out to the world on this developmental itinerary and to also persuade the jingoistic Ekiti Sons & Daughters to digest this literal work and in-turn take a responsibility of invigorating the long-awaited socio-economic revolution in their State.

2. Deo-Volente, “The New Ekiti Dream: 30 Years Socio-Economic Development Plan & The Labour Room Experiences” ® shall be publicly unveiled in a Grand Style on 30th June, 2018. No conformist launching event and no one is invited to come and launch the book with any finance. However, few printed copies shall be liberally given to few dignitaries, while also freely catalogued in the National Library of Nigeria for referencing and research works. “Print on Demand” method shall be adopted as an alternative mode of circulation to the target audience.

3. We have examined the Mao’s Little Red Book of China, and we have taken a glance at the economic development blueprints of the Asian Tigers. With respect to my inferred maxim of National Development, emblematic socio-economic development manuscripts are never being sold, rather, they are freely disseminated, and easy to get by the target audience. To this effect, the self-published NED Policy Book is NOT FOR SALE; an electronic version of the book shall be freely downloaded on the www.NewEkitiDream.com/book on 30th June, 2018, with a public license for free distribution in order to facilitate the transferability of the developmental dogma.

4. My Cabinet Members and my digital team are tactically synergizing on how to attain a daily traffic of at least 50,000 unique visits to the NED Book’s download page. Hence, an advertorial boulevard to showcase some Ekiti locally made products to the outside world by placing them as ads on that page. Evidentially, a practicable gesture towards actualizing the long-awaited industrial revolution in Nigeria is by promoting the consumption of our locally made products, rather than solely depending on imported ones for daily sustenance.

Note; CONTROVERSIAL adverts are NOT allowed on the New Ekiti Dream site, strictly for business purposes, state-centric brands promotion, advertising programmes and events, showcasing local content products, and other marketing other professional services.

My dear readers, kindly maximize this advertorial leverage to command a massive target audience’s attention to your business.

Unconventionally, you should be able to judge this liberalized book by its cover! Please, kindly help share this info until it gets to the right person in need of it.
Thanks.

By Jawolusi Oluwaseun Solomon
(The First Representative of Ekiti State in The Labour Room National Development Reality TV Show)

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)

Word War Game (Part 2): Rise Up Africa

 

WORD WAR GAME (Part 2): RISE UP AFRICA!

THE IDEOLOGICAL WEAPON TO WAR AGAINST AFRICA’S UNDER-DEVELOPMENT. 

BEING A TRANSCRIPT OF A PRESENTATION BY THE HOUSE OF PALM DURING THE JUST-CONCLUDED LABOUR ROOM NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (60 DAYS) REALITY TV SHOW IN THE NIGERIAN FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY, ABUJA. 

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They told us!

They referred to us!

They stigmatized us!

That we were, and that we are still the third world nations.

Africa! Ponder over saddened history,

Ruminate over your lost cultural value systems,

Your traditional institutions were disrespected, used, exploited and dumped.

Africa! Ponder over your besmeared identity,

Motherland Africa, several decades after gaining independence,

You are still being tagged us as an under-achiever amongst your equals.

What about your uncertain future?

Think about the destiny of your unborn kids?

Tell me what will be left for them?

Nevertheless,

The time is now!

The time to rise up is now!

Amidst your backwardness,

Amidst your various crisis, amidst your glaring level of under-development,

Despite your high rate of poverty,

It is time to war against all these challenges.

Together, we will war against deficiency,

Together, we will fight against our economic crisis,

Prepare your Arsenal, we are going to war against under-development.

Motherland Africa,

Let me provoke you to war!

You need to hear this,

After several decades of gaining independence,

You have not gained common food independence,

You still depend on your takers for daily sustenance,

Oh No!

Prepare your Arsenal, prepare, prepare, prepare!

We must fight against hunger in our land.

But before we go into war,

Here is another eye opener for you,

My dear partner in this ideological war of liberty,

Let us do a comparative analysis here,

Remember the Asian Tigers (Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan) were not endowed with natural and mineral resources as most African Nations, but guess what? Guess what?

These nations rose up to the task of fighting against their economic challenges by jointly blazing a trail for a sustainable economic growth tailored towards their full industrialization few decades after gaining independence.  

The economic development experience of these Asian Tigers is what I call; “from Independence to Industrialization”. 

These nations maximized their comparative advantages in order to become the economic giant of East Asia. 

Remember the Taiwan Miracle!

Taiwan is now a fully industrialized nation after scaling through distinct stages of economic growth. 

Oh Motherland Africa,

Remember the South Korean History!

She is now the major player in the field of electronics production, mover and shaker in the sector of Information and Communication Technology, Automobile productions and other allied services. 

That is her comparative advantage!

East Africa, West Africa, North Africa, South Africa and Central Africa, tell me now! What are your comparative advantages? 

Here is another strategy to fight this war! African nations, Arise! It is time to maximize our distinct comparative advantages to for the advancement of our Motherland Africa.

Oh! Motherland Africa!

Remember the City State of Hong Kong!

She is now the Asian Giant in offering trade and financial services.

That is her comparative advantage. 

Oh ye African Nations, what are you waiting for?

It is time to fight against our economic challenges. 

But wait, wait, wait!!!

Before we go into this developmental war, let us consider the City State of Singapore.

In case you don’t know,

Singapore moved to the final phase of development by the fulfillment of Stamford Raffle’s original vision for Singapore as the trade and financial hub of South-East Asia.

Hmmm! Just one man! hmmm! Just one man’s vision made a whole nation to experience a paradigm shift from being an under-developed one to a fully advanced nation.

Just one man!

Most African Nations need only just one man, I mean just one visionary leader to take the people to the aspired destination.  Just one man to lead the war against under-development in our land.

Can you feel my pain? Can you feel the present state of my emotional destabilization? 

Just one leader!

Just a visionary leader’s ideology,

Just one futuristic leader’s economic development policy sustainably developed Singapore for decades.

So! why not Africa?

We must go into war right now!

We are about to fight against our numerous challenges,

Prepare your Arsenal,

But before we go into war, let me provoke you; let me provoke you to war.  

Permit me to remind you the story of some of the tiger cubs, that is, Malaysia and Thailand.

Few decades ago,

They were also called names,

I mean, they were referred to as under-developed nations,

But they went into battle,

They fought, they fought, and they fought.

They fought against their shames, they fought against their poverty, they strived against their wailing under-development by discovering, by exploring, by exploiting and by maximizing their comparative advantages in Agricultural practices.  Thailand focused on large scale production of rice as a competitive agro-export product, while Malaysia focused on the massive production of palm oil as an agro-export product.

Africa! Africa! Africa, to strategically fight the war against hunger in our land, we shall be replicating some of the tested solutions that stimulated the economic success of the Tiger cubs in our land. That is, Agricultural Revolution!  

Here is another call of duty!

African Union! Arise!

You need to also join us in this battle.

Let us jointly save the black nations from the edge of collapse,

We must war against racism and ethnical discrimination in our land. 

We say NO to Xenophobia!

Brothers don’t kill brothers!

Brothers don’t leave brothers!

Africa Nations, we are blood, we are one!

Let us embrace peace, love and unity for the advancement of our continent. The African diversity should be a blessing and not a drawback.   

Therefore, Africa Union! Arise!

Rise up to the task of instrumentalizing, implementing and enforcing an effective alien policy in Africa.

In a simpler term;

If a group of dwellers migrate from the North Africa to the South or from the East to the West Africa, what shall be their inalienable social, political and economic rights and benefits? For how long will such stigmatized aliens dwell in the foreign land to be entitled to their inalienable rights accorded with due socio-political benefits?

The reformed African Alien Policy must be clearly defined, constitutionalized and enforced if the African nations will productively work together in actualizing a self-reliant economy for an improved standard of living.

Africa nations shall no longer be termed as under achievers in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, only if the people can peacefully coexist together while at the same time maximizing their diverse comparative advantages for a sustainable development. 

African Leaders, African Youths, Captains of Industries, Stakeholders, Private Investors and Foreign Direct Investors, you all need to prepare your Arsenal right away to engage in this developmental war against Africa’s under-development. 

We must jointly war against the wailing under development in our lands, we must war against skin discrimination, it is time to war against hate speeches, we must fight against xenophobia, this is the pathway to develop the African economy and to actualize the goals of “The Africa We Want”. In reference to my maxim of national development; “if peace exists, all-round development is certain”. 

Prepare! Prepare! Prepare your Arsenal.

We are ready to go to war now!

But before we go, let me remind you of the great exploits of our Founding Fathers; the Nationalists and the Pan-Africanists, I mean our trailblazers that selflessly fought for the sake of humanity. 

Oh! I am so delighted in the developmental philosophy of Sankaraism; I mean the economic and national development policy of Thomas Sankara of Burkina Faso.

The likes of Nelson Mandela of South Africa,

Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana,

The likes of the Nigerian Nationalists and other reputable African Leaders.

Just one man is needed,

Just one Revolutionalist,             

Just one Transformationist,

Just one visionary leader is needed to fight the war against under-development and take the people to the aspired greener pasture. 

“The examples of the Asian Tigers show us an alternative path to development; a strong central government guiding the economy forward through several distinct stages of development until it reaches full industrialization”.

Motherland Africa!  

Prepare your Arsenal, we are going to war, we must war against under-development problems in our land.

The task is hanging on us like a sword of Damocles.

They gave us independence several decades ago, but we are still having some iota of neo-colonialism in our land.   

We still import petty and cheap consumable products like biro from France, Rice from Thailand and most annoyingly importing the likes of toothpicks from China. 

Oh No! How did we get to this point?

A sober reflection of the past,

 A deeper thought about the present,

And a foresight into the future.

We are on the way to the battlefield; here is another ideological strategy to engage in this developmental war – The 4 cardinal targets;

1.       Agricultural revolution in Africa

2.       Democratization of Education in Africa

3.       Modern Manufacturing Technology in Africa

4.       Internet/Digital Revolution in Africa

The goals of these 4 cardinal targets will be actualized by adopting the former United State’s President Barrack Obama’s Techno-economic development policy – Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Programme.  The special type of partnership between prominent research-oriented academic institutions ready to embark on productive research works with established firms ready to foster the phenomenon of technology transfer. The products of the research works by these educationists will be accorded with due capital mobilization scheme by these well-established industries for the purpose of converting the physical model of the research works into marketable and exportable products. 

We need to act now!

Africa Arise!

Take your place!

Oh motherland Africa!

You were born!

Born to reign!

Born to win!

So rule your world!

You were made!

Made to reign!

Made to win!

So rule your world!

Arise! North Africa!

Arise! South Africa!

Arise! East Africa!

Arise! West Africa!

Central Africa! It is time to rise up!

God bless Motherland Africa.

Thank you for listening.   

Written By Jawolusi Oluwaseun

Presented by the Representatives of Abia State, Kaduna State, Borno State, Akwa-Ibom State, Katsina State and Ekiti State in the Labour Room National Development Reality TV Show.

 

Watch the video on YouTube @   https://youtu.be/GE8a3cVCywQ 

Introducing The New Ekiti Dream

The primary aim of this project is to replicate some of the tested solutions that fostered the skyrocketing socio-economic success story of the Asian Tigers in Ekiti State.

To achieve this, the market, the people and the state all have distinct, yet crucial roles to play in the various developmental processes. Practically, this dais provides leverage for the Renaissance Ekiti Youths to collectively aspire a mental picture of the Ekiti future with me.

It does not stop at that step…

 

Read More in the NED Book >>>

Ekiti State Capital Project Execution and Monitoring Department

The focus of this establishment is to guard against the recurring issues of numerous abandoned projects in the state, either Federal Capital Projects or the ones being embarked on by the State Government.

This department will also oversee the approval of projects for execution while also supervising same at every phase of implementation. This is to ensure fiscal openness while also aiding the compliance with quality of project delivery. Not only that, this department shall also be tasked in ensuring the completion of various projects within the speculated timeline.

Gone are the eras of numerous abandoned and/or uncompleted projects in Ekiti State. Welcome to the New Ekiti Agenda Era!

Read More in the NED Policy Book

The Game Changers’ Ideology (quotes)

“In most developing countries, at the detriment of the citizens’ well-being: some leaders can confidently stake on the odds that they will always go unquestioned for their nepotic acts.
The foundational step to foster the national development of such a country is to change this recurring fixed game. The people must therefore act as the game changer. That is how to take responsibility”.

~ Jawolusi Oluwaseun Solomon ~

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