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 searching for contemporary concepts to beat extreme financial crises and survive the onslaught of world competitors pushed by the arrival of data and communication applied sciences. The evolution of data employees (or mind employees) is altering many nationwide insurance policies, as international locations system methods to handle the impacts of globalization by growing infrastructures on schooling, business, well being and power. It’s a new world the place nations that fail to develop or study, 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 it is a ‘data century’.
Information will rule trendy man and this data is new, contemporary 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 manage components like commerce and labour, which hitherto, could possibly be simply managed to some great benefits of nations.
From American Wall Road to Nigerian Broad Road, leaders have come to comprehend that new concepts are wanted as a result of many elderly economics are falling. New concepts that accommodate rising variants that know-how has enabled in each the political and financial nationwide fashions. Fashions based mostly on the theme that each nation has a restrict to nationwide wealth with out science and know-how. It’s an understanding that the period the place pure assets dominate worldwide commerce is giving option to that of data assets. Pure assets are nonetheless vital, however sadly, essentially the most steady and affluent nations are people who create concepts with military of data employees.
A imaginative and prescient of recent Nigeria is essential for the way forward for our nation. Our academic system wants speedy enchancment. The development of any trendy superpower has been fuelled by its instructional infrastructures. And the collapse of any nice nation has all the time been preceded by the decay in its schooling. The outdated Greece was identified for its nice philosophers, the Babylon identified for its knowledge and the outdated Egypt, the place civilization started was identified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 few 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 one of the best, as no faculty on earth could possibly be in comparison with Oxford and Cambridge. At the moment’s dominance of the USA is attributed to its schooling, which stays its greatest business, no less than on the college stage. The faculties drive the researches that translate to new applied sciences, which subsequently diffuse into the economic system. America has the best labs on the planet and continues to dominate the roll name of Nobel laureates. It’s believed that if America looses its instructional superiority, it will unfastened its dominance on the planet’s political and financial scenes.
How can Nigeria put together for this century? We want management and basic adjustments in insurance policies to modernize our schooling and business. From electrical energy to street networks, Nigeria has the capability to offer and maintain them; we’re good, ingenious and optimists. However our drawback has been lack of twenty first century stage management. Nigeria wants a frontrunner with capability to rally the nation in honesty, onerous work and lift our imaginations past the place we’re right this moment and transfer us to consider in ourselves and create the instruments to make us construct our nation. It have to be a frontrunner whose objectives is not going to simply be to maintain authorities operating, however one who may also help the nation dream a much bigger, bigger and superb 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, monumental 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 adjustments in commerce, schooling and commerce as battalion of data employees emerge to provide us the wanted clout within the world enviornment.
Lastly, Nigeria and certainly the entire world are confronted with monumental challenges and alternatives. For Nigeria, the problem is basically growing the academic system to allow the emergence of recent class of employees, the data employees, and offering the financial atmosphere the place they will flourish. The chance comes through the use of the talents of those employees to develop the economic system by diversifying the petroleum-based economic system and transfer tens of millions of our residents out of poverty.