Saturday, November 5, 2011

Abia state and developmental politics (Part1)

Note: A thoughtful piece by a former commissioner of Imo state and professor at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, on human capacity and enterprise developmet.
African Examiner
5 November 2011

By Peter Orji

One unhappy story among several others that seem to play out more prominently
is the lack of constructive development within Abia state. This is not one of such
routine critique on leadership.

This piece is borne out of native patriotic urge to see the birth of Economic
prosperity for the people of the state.  Abia State is endowed with the gift of
people. Educationally the state is ranking high-judging from average enrolment of
pupils and number of institutions spread around it.

The thrust of this contribution is keen on visualizing the possibility of Economic
breakaway of the state from the slow, unimaginative, sterile condition to a
revolutionary masterpiece.

In Nigeria, development seem somewhat to have been predicated on the
provisioning of roads and other basic civic infrastructure by successive
governments which is a good start. But at best very basic. Revolutionary and
civilization-impacting developments that took place around the world like the one
in China and India revolved around the model of developing the capacities of its
own people. In the last century India and China were almost in the same peer
economy as Africa with third and second world ratings. Today they have fast-
stepped into the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa)emerging
economic bloc.

Aba as a town is a convergence of bright technical talents. Aba is home to
thousands of vocational outfits run by youths of unbridled energy with unqualified
propensity for innovations. You see the dynamic array of jostling youths eking
living from very basic personal inventions powered by innate drive and ‘success-
curiosity’. Tailoring outfits abound. Machine and metal fabrication shops are in
their hundreds. Craft centers, shoe-making centers, Radio shops, Foundries,
plate- making centers, the native-fabric weavers name it.

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