We must develop knowledge-based economy for viability -Osinbajo - Punch Newspapers
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23 September 2021Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said for Nigeria to leap economically, she must build a knowledge-based economy such that the human capital can be sold across the globe.The Vice President who stated this at the sixth Kaduna Investment Summit holding in the state capital on Thursday, noted that rather than natural resources, a well developed human capital remains an invaluable asset the world over.
The theme of the sixth edition of the summit is ‘Towards a Sustainable Knowledge -ased Economy.’While saying that digital, Information & communication technology were performing wonders and ruling the world, Osinbajo lamented however that the country was yet to take full advantage of its young talents in this regards.
“The focus today must be developing a knowledge based economy. The knowledge based economy referred to stands for human capital development. Education and knowledge can become productive assets to be sold for profit rather than natural resources.“Digital data, digital solutions to improve agricultural yields, digital platforms to provide online study. It is possible to move from where we are to knowledge economy. Millions of data in terabytes ate stored in chips, 1,000 megawatts of power can be stored in a battery. The future of financial technology is not in banks. Nigeria is becoming technology investment solution hub in sub Sahara Africa,” he said. headtopics.com
In his address, Governor Nasir El-Rufai said the state has so far attracted $2.8 bn investment through the summit and created 100,000 direct and indirect jobs.El-Rufai noted with delight that the state rose from its 14th position to 4th position in Internally Generated Revenue realising N50.7bn in 2020.
He also said the state was developing a $50million 21.9kw solar mini grid at Igabi, adding that the state had been offered a $200million loan to build a bus rapid transit metro system in the state.This was just as the governor said the state is investing N80bn on infrastructure development across the state.
Read AlsoHe sent further to say that the state had signed an agreement Arla of Denmark to build a ranch for 1,000 Fulani herders’ families with facilities such as grass, water, schools and hospital.The project, the governor said would gulp N12bn with N8bn from the Central Bank of Nigeria and N2bn from the state while “Arla will contribute €5million.”
El-Rufai said, “we will soon open Shoprite at the Galaxy Mall. A $650 million iron ore company to produce steel is nearing completion in Jere, Kagarko local government.“We signed an agreement with Arla of Denmark to build a ranch that would settle 1,000 Fulani herders and their families with all facilities; grass, water, schools, hospitals at the cost of N12 billion. N8 billion is from CBN and N2 billion from Kaduna state. Arla will contribute €5 million. headtopics.com
“Over 5,000 young people have been trained in entrepreneurship, about 600 have submitted business plans and 200 of them have been funded by Bank of Industry (BOI) and the businesses are thriving. There is an ICT hub named Desert Valley, after the American Silicon Valley, for ICT training and development. We are working with Airtel to expand broadband access.
“More than 80% of our population are below 65 years and most of them living in the urban center Kaduna, Zaria and Kafanchan, we need jobs and infrastructural investment. We are investing N80 billion on massive road infrastructure in Kaduna, Zaria and Kafanchan.”
The President of the Afrexim Bank, Prof. Benedict Oramah while delivering his keynote address, noted that the Covid-19 pandemic highlighted the risks associated with the country’s excessive dependence on primary commodity without adding value to the commodity.
According to him, anything that affects the price of crude oil will affect revenue allocation to the three tiers of government.The Afremix Bank boss, however, expressed the optimism that the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) would improve the intra Africa trade to reduce volatility across the global trade if effectively implemented. headtopics.comRead more: The Punch Newspapers »
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To deveop a knowledge based economy is achivable in the area health, education, finance, agriculture etc. But our academic curriculum needs to be reviewed to match the reality to our modern world. I think this call from the VP is timely. Nigeria is blessed with youthful band talented population who always excel when their mind ms is set to things all over the world, government needs to create that enabling environment for talent to should strive for economic development and prosperity.
Close to 7years in power, you are campaigning while in office, implement your ideas stop telling us. When? Talk is too cheap these days He just hide under the bed only to come out once in a Blue 🗻 month to Yapp
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