The reason why we have been left behind in the production sector of industry may be obvious but the need and will to change the situation is not out of our reach as a people we are not daunted to give up on our collective hope for the future.
Nigerians have displayed amazing depth with the use of software and information technology. While decrying the negative image our use and prowess in fraud has perpetuated to our discredit, I cannot fail to give vent to the ability they have summoned to manage the industry. They have displayed patience to learn and intelligence for this high profile information and finance management systems
What I am saying is that Nigerians do not lack the mental capacity and will to produce. They, like young men in other nations and economies are equally endowed with pride and ambition to stimulate a fervent desire for a better life. What I think we have missed out in our career development was the absence of an inclination for practical production in our educational curriculum.
While we laboured our brains with theories, laws and principles, we never got a clear picture of the practical application of the subject. We may have learnt our laws of physics biology and chemistry without an understanding of their application in industry. Our science did not lead us into discoveries in nature, agriculture, medicine, architecture and engineering. We were well focused on our grades however but only so we could earn a well paying job in the office. Our industry simply did not sprout!
We found enough money from the SALE OF CRUDE TO MAKE ALLOCATIONS TO RUN GOVERNMENT BUT OUR NATION BECAME A CONSUMER BASED NATION THAT IMPORTED ALMOST EVERYTHING FINISHED AND PACKAGED FROM OTHER COUNTRIES.
Today we may be fighting importation and claim to be producing some of our finished and packaged goods but the industry is still riddled with the monopoly of a few Nigerians who have been privileged to get partners abroad to set up and develop some industry line within our huge market as a nation and have moved in to make the money and move out or foreigners who have come to set up and produce here for us to consume. The average young Nigerian continues to look at production with eyes of mystery.
Job seekers throng their doors for jobs. Working for the few indigenous producers and other foreigners who have set up to produce goods for their consumption.
We may have lost all our lead to production right from our Foundation and are left with a science and information that we cannot investigate, experiment or adapt to solve problems for us, we cannot eventually produce solutions, machines and software to increase our speed at developing our own ideas.
It may be coming in the late hour for some,…but it is better late than never! For others they may be able to hear my cry and change their career development approach and move right into the information age and close the gap. Which ever applies,… the important thing is that we finally get a hold on the skills required to develop continuously, increasing in our effectiveness and resource by the day as we design our way into the league of the producing nations.
The school of industry template and the skill acquisition through Computer aided design and business information modelling which we have set out to deliver will certainly change the people and not just a few producers will emerge but everywhere around us small scale production guided by skills and training to guarantee excellence will be born.