Nigeria Will Witness Developments When Govt Harness Potentials Of Academia, Intellectuals ; Don

Nigeria Will Witness Developments When Govt Harness Potentials Of Academia, Intellectuals ; Don



President, Edo policy Round Table , Dr. Ilenloa Igberase on Thursday said the country would witness unprecedented development,  when government at all levels begins to harness the potentials of  the academia and intellectuals within and in diaspora to contribute in providing quality leadership for Nigerians.

Igberase made the remark during a Colloquium and Hall of fame organised by Edo policy Roundtable in association with Mudiame University,  Irrua,  in honour of the Labour Party (LP) National Chairman Barr. Julius Abure with theme, ” The Contemporary Nigerian Politics: The way forward for Edo State.”

He added that the state of the nation is worrisome going by the style of politics played in the country, which apparently has relegated the academia in decision and policy making.


“The National Chairman of LP, the academia  have forsaken  their classrooms and joined others to honour you today in their  regalia. Therefore by this Hall of Fame Award, you now have additional  responsible to look towards research sponsorship,  not necessarily as an individual but as an influencer of any organization you belong, to always do so , we need to obtain that commitment from you.

“Finally, I suggest  to the Labour  Party to urgently  establish  a Research and Development  Institute,  which will be the  resource  organ of the party. This is because  any country  or organization  embarking  on development  that is not driven by research  is only  expressing mere ideas  as raw materials  which would most likely  somersault. “he said.

According to him, All we see is destability everywhere today because politicians now give key positions to individuals as reward for supporting them.

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On his part, Chancellor and Founder,  Mudiame University Irrua, Prof. Sunny Eromosele said the state of infrastructure in the country is in disarray.

Eromosele,  who is a Labour Party 2024 Governorship Aspirant in Edo State said, Edo state has not fared well under successive governments  .

“Whether on federal or state roads, people cannot move around freely. Commuting between Auchi and the state  capital takes weeks. This particular programme would have been  holding at the Mudiame University in Irrua  but the road is too bad that we cannot subject people to that horrible experience.

” Our farmers cannnot access their farms,  and investors lack the confidence to invest. When you consider our natural resources alongside our population advantages,  its clear we shouldn’t be a poor country. We should be competing on the global stage, not grappling with the issue of 80 million  unemployed youths.

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“It is in this context that we should appreciate forums like this that prioritizes policy formation for desired results,  so that we can get involved and work to reverse the dismal state of the economy.

“As a private organization  engaged  in capacity  development,  our experiences have  exposed the depth of decay in our education sector. We realized that the inadequacy  of human  capacity  development is a key reason our economy is in a sorry state.

“Government is about the  people  and our citizens  deserve to be integral to the policy-making process. Policies will drive our vision.” Eromosele said.

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