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Nigeria must rally the black race together – Rauf Aregbesola



Nigeria must rally the black race together - Rauf Aregbesola - BellaNaija

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun has said that Nigeria must not just exist as a nation but lead the black race in advancing African renaissance.

The governor said this in Ibadan on Monday at the opening ceremony of a three-day conference held in honour of Professor Toyin Falola, who turned 65.

The conference, themed “African Knowledge and Alternative Futures,’’ attracted prominent Nigerians, traditional rulers, academia and students from Nigeria and the diaspora.

Falola is a professor of history whose works have been published in journals across the world.

“Nigeria stands as a cardinal element in rallying other Africans together in advancing the cause of African renaissance,” he said.

Aregbesola in his paper entitled “Development, Good Governance and Productivity,’’ said the people and government must sustain a support cycle to achieve growth and development.

“The nation is poor and remained poor. This is because the people do not realise that civilisation requires people to support government from their productivity, while government provide infrastructure.

“The challenge of government is not getting able-bodied to engage in productive ventures and earn their living.

“If 50 million able-bodied out of the Nigerian could be engaged productively, the nation would have up to N1.5 trillion circulating in the economy. I bet it Nigeria will become super power in 20 years,” he said.

The governor said Ibadan does not reflect hosting a university with the status and calibre of University of Ibadan if not in anything but effective waste management system.

Aregbesola condemned the spate of killings in the country, calling on security agencies to stem the trend.

“Progress and development can only be achieved in a society where there is peace,’’ he said.

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  1. Gtouch

    January 30, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    I am concern about your assessment of productivity, In the age of ICT our public schools are flooded with chalkboards and crooked desk, dilapidated buildings and some so called teachers with intelligence Quotient (iQ) of a 6 yrs old boy.
    You want productivity? Investment in our educational system is paramount. Skill acquisition programs, Laboratories etc.
    Not new cars, reckless wardrobe allowances, unrealistic security budget and still borrowing by government will bring about productivity. oops NEPA just took the light. gotta go, get it?

  2. Mohammad

    January 31, 2018 at 2:44 am

    Start from your own dormot. Pay the outstanding salaries before coming to provide example for the black race.

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