My dear Nigerians, October 1st remains a special date for all Nigerians as this marks the day when we attained one of the most precious of human desires — freedom.. Over the years the country has gone through trials and tribulations, but October 1st is always a day for celebrations. It is a day for thanks giving, reflection and re-dedication. It is also a day for remembrance. We should remind ourselves of the recent journey from 1999 – 2015, when our country happily returned to democratic rule. However, in spite of oil prices being an average of $100 per barrel and about 2.1m barrels a day, that great piece of luck was squandered and the country’s social and physical infrastructure neglected. We were left with no savings and huge infrastructure deficit. The APC Government’s Campaign rallying cry to restore security, re-balance the economy and fight corruption was not all rhetoric. The country must first be secured. The...
By Godwin Emefiele - It is my pleasure to be invited to deliver a lecture to participants of Senior Executive Course 39 on the topic “Financing Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for the Development of Agro-Allied Industries in Nigeria”. I am fully aware that Senior Executives course is organized yearly for top executives from both the private and public sectors in order to broaden their knowledge horizon on topical issues of national development and build capacity toward effective policy formulation and implementation in Nigeria. The theme of this year’s lecture “Science, Technology and Innovation for the Development of Agriculture and Agro-Allied Industries in Nigeria” is appropriately timed considering the urgent need to leapfrog the economy to full recovery and sustainable growth after recently exiting economic recession. In addition, the development of agriculture and agro-allied industries is central to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for which Nigeria is a major signatory....