Our world is altering quickly. Throughout the globe, many occasions, together with the election of Barack Obama as American president, level to a world the place nations are on the lookout for recent concepts to beat extreme financial crises and survive the onslaught of world competitors pushed by the appearance of data and communication applied sciences. The evolution of information staff (or mind staff) is altering many nationwide insurance policies, as international locations system methods to handle the impacts of globalization by growing infrastructures on schooling, trade, well being and power. It’s a new world the place nations that fail to develop or be taught, purchase and adapt applied sciences will stay poor. The emergence of China, and the continual threats to many established industries by new ones, enabled primarily by brainpower, are displaying that this can be a ‘data century’.
Data will rule fashionable man and this data is new, recent and combative. Since Adam Smith’s ‘Wealth of Nations’, there has by no means been a extra pressing time within the historical past of man the place revolutionary financial and political management is required of leaders. The reason being easy; globalization makes it troublesome to regulate components like commerce and labour, which hitherto, may very well be simply managed to some great benefits of nations.
From American Wall Road to Nigerian Broad Road, leaders have come to appreciate that new concepts are wanted as a result of many aged economics are falling. New concepts that accommodate rising variants that expertise has enabled in each the political and financial nationwide fashions. Fashions primarily based on the theme that each nation has a restrict to nationwide wealth with out science and expertise. It’s an understanding that the period the place pure assets dominate worldwide commerce is giving method to that of information assets. Pure assets are nonetheless necessary, however sadly, probably the most steady and affluent nations are those who create concepts with military of information staff.
A imaginative and prescient of recent Nigeria is essential for the way forward for our nation. Our academic system wants rapid enchancment. The development of any fashionable superpower has been fuelled by its academic infrastructures. And the collapse of any nice nation has all the time been preceded by the decay in its schooling. The previous Greece was identified for its wonderful philosophers, the Babylon identified for its knowledge and the previous Egypt, the place civilization started was identified for its data. In its age, Egypt was admired for data because the land of pharaoh had a number of the greatest thinkers. Moses of the Bible was extremely revered partially due to his Egyptian schooling, which was higher than his Israelite’s comrades. Throughout the British industrial revolution, their schooling was the most effective, as no faculty on earth may very well be in comparison with Oxford and Cambridge. Immediately’s dominance of america is attributed to its schooling, which stays its greatest trade, at the very least on the college stage. The colleges drive the researches that translate to new applied sciences, which subsequently diffuse into the financial system. America has the best labs on the earth and continues to dominate the roll name of Nobel laureates. It’s believed that if America looses its academic superiority, it will free its dominance on the earth’s political and financial scenes.
How can Nigeria put together for this century? We’d like management and elementary modifications in insurance policies to modernize our schooling and trade. From electrical energy to highway networks, Nigeria has the capability to offer and maintain them; we’re sensible, ingenious and optimists. However our downside has been lack of twenty first century stage management. Nigeria wants a pacesetter with capability to rally the nation in honesty, exhausting work and lift our imaginations past the place we’re right now and transfer us to imagine in ourselves and create the instruments to make us construct our nation. It have to be a pacesetter whose objectives is not going to simply be to maintain authorities operating, however one who can assist the nation dream an even bigger, bigger and wonderful imaginative and prescient that generations of Nigerians will unite for.
A frontrunner that may create a society to have interaction our brightest minds in authorities by evolving a brand new political system designed to noticeably clear up issues. An individual who can engineer Nigeria into rebirth and restoration to supply a affluent nation that’s colourful, fluidic, vibrant and open for change. Sure, an individual of immense intelligence, competence, pragmatism, and unimpeachable. An individual of integrity, broad data, huge imaginative and prescient and strong expertise; one that may stimulate extra vibrancy within the personal sector and transfer the general public sector out of its stasis. With that management, Nigeria will witness modifications in commerce, schooling and commerce as battalion of information staff emerge to provide us the wanted clout within the international enviornment.
Lastly, Nigeria and certainly the entire world are confronted with huge challenges and alternatives. For Nigeria, the problem is essentially growing the academic system to allow the emergence of recent class of staff, the data staff, and offering the financial setting the place they’ll flourish. The chance comes through the use of the abilities of those staff to develop the financial system by diversifying the petroleum-based financial system and transfer hundreds of thousands of our residents out of poverty.