Nigerians have been told that it is impossible to develop under the conditions of shoddy leadership, as well as live through the years with misconceptions of what constitutes nation development.
Speaking during the 41st Inaugural Lecture at the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Port Harcourt, last Thursday, Inaugural Guest Lecturer, Professor of Development and Economics, Prof. Good Wilson, while delivering his lecture entitled: ‘Nigeria’s Quest For Development: A Journey Without A Roadmap, at the university, argued that instead of progressing along with countries like Malaysia and Singapore, Nigeria was going backwards.
Wilson blamed Nigeria’s regression and underdevelopment on the corrupt leadership that has plagued the country a few years back, noting that this is the reason why the country is where it is today.
He stressed that if Nigerians do not take drastic measures and elect quality leaders, who have good intentions for economic development and well-being of the people, the country and its people will remain poor, underdeveloped and impoverished.
He expressed his dissatisfaction with the conditions affecting Nigeria’s growth and development, adding that to directly confront the condition that perpetrates hardship and suffering in Nigeria requires stronger self-determination, willpower and sacrifices from all well-intentioned people to change all the bad leaders. and enemies of Nigeria arrive the General Elections of 2023.
He added that this is possible if everyone manages to arm themselves with courage, determination, strong will and desire for positive change in the current circumstances facing the country.
He opined that choosing a quality leader will favor the emergence of a development state as well as the application of the virtues of a road map that can help achieve development and improve the living conditions of its people.
Prof Wilson further stated that if asked what he sees about Nigeria achieving development and improving people’s lives in the years to come, he would say that all he sees is a Herculean task.

He defined development as the achievement of annual increases in both total and per capita production of goods and services, noting that a country is said to be developing if it is able to achieve a sustained annual increase in its gross national product. (GNP) at a rate of between 5 and 7 percent.

He added that another economic indicator of development that stood out in the past was an increasing level of industrialization, noting that if the share of industrial production in total national output was also increasing, then there was hope for development.

Wilson stressed that, in a normal environment where things work, development is seen as an economic phenomenon where increasing overall and per capita GNP would create more jobs for people and a broader distribution of wealth. economic and social benefits of growth. .

“It was believed that growth would lead to an improvement in people’s living conditions, which is what development is all about. It was this kind of thinking that informed the United Nations declaration of the period 1960-1970 as its ‘First Decade of Development’, in which it stipulated and advised that all least developed countries should strive to grow at an annual rate of 5 percent. cent over the period,” added Professor Wilson. Aggregate.

He stressed that a roadmap is important to all development without which one cannot move anywhere, saying that: “Development and changes to the roadmap can only be sustained on a foundation and therefore , achieve development.

“Looking at the various levels of development in Nigeria, the achievement of Development and the consequent improvement in the living conditions of the people, is a Herculean task.

“We can achieve development by choosing quality leaders, fostering the emergence of a development state, and applying the virtues of a road map,” he added.

The professor, who is also the dean of the university’s Graduate School, cited that Singapore and Malaysia started together with Nigeria, but lamented that Nigeria has been taken over by these two countries today, noting that Nigeria lacks direction and good leaders. , thus the reason why the country is still underdeveloped.

“In Singapore and Malaysia there has been consistency in their political calendar in which their governments were concerned and involved in the growth and development of their countries, but in our case we continue to borrow, which is not good practice for a country in the process of developing. developing. , like ours.

For his part, Vice Chancellor Prof. Okechuku Onuchuku said: “As we have well heard from the inaugural speaker, the only path to development is to elect a good leader and that will only be possible if we vote wisely in the upcoming 2023 General Elections.”

Onuchuku praised the guest speaker for the lecture presented as well as his efforts in x-raying Nigeria and the pursuit of development, adding that a basic solution is that Nigeria should adopt the developmental states paradigm, where states will lead the pursuit. development in the country.

The vice chancellor frowned at the state of development in Nigeria, chalking it up to corruption, which Nigeria’s leaders now call loans, noting that basically corruption has moved from oil to loans, as you normally see, that there is nothing wrong to borrow.

“Originally, the essence of why someone borrowed was the result of a lack of finance needed to do anything meaningful, but today, the people and leaders of this country, Nigeria, have turned lending into theft and mortgaged the future of Nigerians, that they will take the country in such a way. many years to develop.

“When we borrowed, we put the money in our individual pockets instead of using it to address the overall problem affecting the country and its people, so it is time for our people to open their eyes next year as they elect their leaders for the General Assembly of 2023. Elections that ensure the economic growth of the country and the well-being of its citizens”, added Prof. Onuchuku.

By: Susan Serekara-Nwikhana and Adline Humhrey