By Moses Nosike
Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has said that Nigeria needs to become very organized in order to achieve the impactful change the citizens aspire for. Osinbajo made this statement at a book launch titled, ‘From Consumption To Production: The Whys and Ways out of Failed Industrialization In Nigeria’ held in Abuja.
The book written by Professorial Fellow, United Nations University, Milton Keynes, UK and former Director, UN Habitat, Kenya, Prof. Banji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka, was reviewed by secretary-general, committee of Vice-chancellors, Prof. Michael Faborode.
According to Osinbajo, the book is instructive for policy makers, policy executors to learn a lot on how to move the country from a consumption nation to a productive.
“In this book there is a lot we need to take away especially policy makers, policy executors as the book gives a complete description on how to make Nigeria work. We need organization to make this country work. We have all the needed academics and knowledge and they are not doing badly so we need to learn how to implement things”.
He stressed that Nigeria needs a positive structure that can lead to productive change in the country. He also identified Agriculture, Manufacturing and Services as other aspects which should be deliberately and strategically developed to bring about the needed change by the government in partnership with the private sector.
“As regards industrialization, we can’t produce everything but there are certain things we need to look at, like machine tools, we can decide we want to train, we have good people and when we have target areas then we can implement them strategically,” he said.
Dignitaries at the event includes, Chairman, Savannah Centre for Diplomacy and Development (SCDD), Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, Representative of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Chief Femi Majekodunmi, Hon. Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, Hon. Minister of Information Chief Lai Mohammed, Senator Babafemi Ojodu, former IG of police, Solomom Arase, chief book launcher, Prince Clement Haastrup to mention a few.