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NIGERIA MAY REMAIN UNDEVELOPED FOR THE NEXT CENTURY
« on: December 16, 2009, 05:17:18 PM »
Nigeria may remain undeveloped for the next century
?Engineer raises alarm as he turns 70
By NJOKU ONYEKACHI JET
Wednesday, December 16, 2009

For most people, turning 70 is a genuine cause to celebrate. For the head of a corporate organisation hitting three score and ten years, it is reason for double celebration, more so if the person is a thoroughbred professional.

So it was with Engineer Ebenezer Babaranti Osoba, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Ebcon Engineering, when he joined the league of septuagenarians in grand style recently. Not content with just having a lavish party at a swank venue, colleagues, friends and relations gathered at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs recently for a symposium to mark the civil engineer?s birthday.

Tagged Self Reliance in Engineering: A Panacea to Development, the lecture was meant to examine the engineering profession and practice and come up with reasons for the backwardness of the country among nations.

According to Osoba, the symposium would engender proactive ideas to facilitate self-reliance towards the development of Nigeria.

His words: ?I am obliged to give something back to the noble profession of engineering through the organization of this symposium which is to kick-start my 70th celebrations. The main objective of our gathering today is to examine how well and how far we have utilized the natural resources of this nation for its development over the last 50 years when we got independence.?

Osoba lamented that as a nation, Nigeria has not done well for itself in engineering. ?Where are we as a nation in the development of infrastructure and its maintenance,? he asked rhetorically. ?What of power and energy? How about our oil and gas, the main source of our revenue??

Osoba retired voluntarily from the services of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) in 1988 after 25 years. During his career with NPA, he also served as the president of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria. He was instrumental to the first container terminal built in Nigeria known as Third Apapa Wharf Extension, New Wharf Port, Sapele Port and the dredging of access channel to Warri Port from Escravos.

If Nigeria will develop, Osoba who has more than 40 years experience in engineering suggested that agriculture, marine, aeronautical and environmental issues must not be taken with levity. He was optimistic that new grounds could still be broken on discoveries.
Osoba said lack of political will, absence of clear policies to manufacture things like cars, plant and equipment, aircraft and ship, among others, in the short or long term basis are some of the challenges confronting Nigerian Engineers.

?We are a consumer nation of goods produced by other countries. As a consumer nation, I predict that Nigeria may remain undeveloped for the next century. This is sad, but it is true.?
Osoba said the seminar was also organised to get government?s attention at formulating a national policy on engineering. Some years ago, he said, there was a policy on construction, which has fizzled away. He stated that the corruption ravaging the country has been having negative impact on the profession.

In his address, president of Association of Consulting Engineers, Professor Bayo Adeola, showered accolades on Osoba on his numerous contributions to the growth and development of engineering profession in the country. He, however, enjoined the participants to contribute positively to the profession.

He warned Nigerian leaders that no nation could develop without developing engineering and infrastructure. ?Engineering is the key that holds the future,? he said. ?Therefore, it needs to be developed. Our government needs to challenge our engineers and local contractors via adequate patronage.?

The Olowu of Owu, Oba Olusegun Adesina, a fellow of Nigerian Society of Engineers, was the chairman of the occasion. He congratulated Osoba on his attainment of 70 years.
?The topic being discoursed here today is a clear indication of the workings of the mind of the celebrant, always thinking of how to use engineering to promote national development,? Oba Adesina said. ?I want to thank the celebrant for giving us one of the challenges that we should reflect back and see that we have to do it ourselves if the nation is to grow.?

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Re: NIGERIA MAY REMAIN UNDEVELOPED FOR THE NEXT CENTURY
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2009, 05:18:31 PM »
Nigeria may remain undeveloped for the next century. You're correct, corruption is the number 1 cause.

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Re: NIGERIA MAY REMAIN UNDEVELOPED FOR THE NEXT CENTURY
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2011, 01:43:02 PM »
Well articulated write-up. How can Nigeria develop when there is no single leader who is ready to take the bull by the horns and sacrifice his or her life for the sake of the country.  Instead what we have are selfish, greedy, self-centered and corrupt leaders.  People who never mean well for the nation but go to public office to enrich themselves. What a shame on Nigeria we easily compare ourselves with USA when we have not gone past religious and ethnic sentiments.  We cannot develop when we cannot accomodate ourselves the Northern leaders refuse to emphasize education so that they can use their illiterates for dirty jobs because no educated and well polished human being will destroy its fellow.  We cannot get there so soon because we have sleeping leaders and a sick polity.  Nigeria is not ready for islamic banking as a non interest form of banking nor is it ready for the cashless society as about to start in lagos we a just being hypocritical about all this things.  Nobody is asking SLS about the exchange rate he has used his oratory to bewitch majority of Nigeria he has fulfilled the bid of his masters by dividing this great nation across the two major religious lines. 
Nigeria is indeed a Giant but a sleeping Giant.
GOD BLESS NIGERIA. its fellow.  We cannot get there so soon because we have sleeping leaders and a sick polity.  Nigeria is not ready for islamic banking as a non interest form of banking nor is it ready for the cashless society as about to start in lagos we a just being hypocritical about all this things.  Nobody is asking SLS about the exchange rate he has used his oratory to bewitch majority of Nigeria he has fulfilled the bid of his masters by dividing this great nation across the two major religious lines. 
Nigeria is indeed a Giant but a sleeping Giant.
GOD BLESS NIGERIA.

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Re: NIGERIA MAY REMAIN UNDEVELOPED FOR THE NEXT CENTURY
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2012, 03:57:38 PM »
What he fears may only happen if the state of affairs remains constant.
My personal experience, after forty years in Nigeria of having my innovative and exploratory ideas crushed at every level- from family, to classmate, to teachers, to employers, to local university lecturers whom I have met in person- is that Development must begin from those who want it.

The next best experience for someone who thinks that they want Nigeria to develop is to know how to swim.
I think that someone who does not know how to swim cannot help but lack a complete grasp of reality.
If you have never swum in your life, you have no wherewithal to comprehend what I am about to tell you now:

In swimming: Whatever is not helping you to float is trying to kill you, by dragging you to the bottom!

It is simplicity itself for a swimmer to grasp this.  Someone who can't swim can't get it at all.
Their head is full of opium pipe dreams, like: "Maybe the Government will help me-!"

A bag of cement is more assistance to a swimmer than the Nigerian Government to someone with ideas to develop the country.

Any development you want this country to have must be implemented without Government "Help" nor interference.
Neither will the "Big Shots" of Society be of any help.  They should, but they can't: Mental Block.
That is not what our culture is based on.

Nigeria will develop, when inventors and innovators learn to leave those who have refused to help in the past, completely out of the equation, and rendered their development beyond all capability of being crushed by them.

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Doing the same thing over and over again,
expecting different results each time. "

                                   -Albert Einstein.

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Re: NIGERIA MAY REMAIN UNDEVELOPED FOR THE NEXT CENTURY
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2012, 03:57:38 PM »

 

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