Onu chal­lenges African lead­ers on de­vel­op­ment

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Zakariyya Adaramola

Africa will re­al­ize its full po­ten­tials when lead­ers com­mit them­selves to serv­ing the in­ter­ests of their na­tions and mak­ing their peo­ple the epi­cen­tres of de­vel­op­ment, the Min­is­ter of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy, Dr Og­bonnnaya Onu, has said.

The min­is­ter spoke while de­liv­er­ing the fourth con­vo­ca­tion lec­ture at the Nige­rian Turk­ish Nile Univer­sity in Abuja at the week­end with the theme: ‘The ef­fect of the emer­gence of All Pro­gres­sive Con­gress (APC) on the pro­mo­tion of world peace’.

He lamented that while Africa is so rich that vir­tu­ally all im­por­tant min­er­als re­sources are found in com­mer­cial quan­ti­ties on the con­ti­nent, Africans are still so poor that many of them risk their lives and waive their hu­man dig­nity as they des­per­ately strug­gle to leave their home­lands for for­eign lands in search of bet­ter life.

The min­is­ter also noted that while peo­ple from other con­ti­nents come to Africa in large num­bers to take the con­ti­nent’s re­sources and de­velop their var­i­ous na­tions, Africans can­not use the same re­sources to de­velop their own coun­tries for the pros­per­ity of Africans.

He ex­pressed dis­com­fort on the tragedy that has be­fallen able bod­ied and promis­ing young Africans who per­ish in the Mediter­ranean sea in the quest to seek bet­ter life in Europe.

Ac­cord­ing to the min­is­ter, the sea of Europe has been painted red by the blood of Africans who are es­cap­ing from the ef­fects of poor lead­er­ship in their coun­tries, to es­cape what is per­ceived as a hope­less life for rosy ex­is­tence in Euro­pean coun­tries.

He how­ever be­lieves that all hope is not lost, tak­ing a cue from the emer­gence of Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari fol­low­ing the emer­gence of the All Pro­gres­sives Con­gress (APC) and sub­se­quent peace­ful hand-over of power from a rul­ing party to an op­po­si­tion party.

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