Author of ‘ The Shadow called Nigeria’, Goodnews Chukwudi Ihemfor, has said for a rapid growth and focused nation to emerge, an Independent Think Tank is urgently needed, while expressing that a nation operating only on political party vision may succeed but not as one with defined National vision.
He noted that this, among other call actions were addressed in the book, which reviewed the Nation’s Treasures, during the launching in Kaduna.
The author who is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering from Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic Bori, Rivers state, said the title, ‘The Shadow’ called Nature, Independence, Giant, Equity, Revenue, illumination and Advancement(Nigeria) represents limitations.
“There are limitations to the utilization of the Nation’s natural resources. How about our nation’s Independence? Are we still the giant of Africa or corruption has become the David and banditry the stone in the hand of corruption to fall the Giant ‘like in the story of David and goliath’. Is there Equity in the land? How well is our Revenue utilized? How well are we illuminating the nation and what is the degree of our Advancement?”
He explained that the book was borne out of the curiosity of how a nation can be very rich and very poor at the same time, while it looked at the nation without crude oil amongst the resources discussed, noting that crude oil was deliberately omitted, as it sought to see a new ideology.
“I desire to attract more attention to solid materials. My concern has remained how to improve the state of the nation, basically to proffer solution to the lack of job for the youth.
“In addition, this book x-rays the abundance of the nation’s hidden treasure and helps the readers to estimate how rich their states maybe.It also discussed the impossibility of utilizing this resources without the utilization of human resources”.
The author therefore called on the Government to consider states resource control and ensure an easier approach to obtaining mining permit.
“For a rapid growth and a focused nation to emerge, an Independent Think Tank is urgently needed. A nation operating only on political party vision may succeed but not as one with a defined national vision. The question is, what is our national vision? I mean vision 2030, 2050…?
“To improve education in the northern region, the Islamic authority should make it a perquisite for all imam to have a certificate from a Nigerian higher institution, because the religious leaders are conscience former. I always wished to be like a Catholic Priest in all things, except being ordained.
“Government should start patronizing more indigenous construction companies, they can be asked to hire foreign experts to spice up, as I cannot explain why a good African construction must have foreigners (Whiteman), among others”. he said.
Speaking at the launching, representative of the Chairman, Kaduna North, Hon. Malukhtar Lawal Baloni said it quite an educative book with the content who ever sees knows contains Alots of Natural resources which people can start looking into and forget about looking for job.