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Nnamdi Azikiwe University (NAU), Awka.

A Fulbright visiting professor, Nnamdi Azikwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Samuel Zalanga has advocated a development policy formulation and implementation in the sector saying this would promote equity in the management of the polity.

Besides, Zalanga called for a strong policy on agriculture and rural development to aid the nation’s growth.

The erudite scholar who was the guest speaker at the Samuel Adegboyega University (SAU), Ogwa, Edo state said despite the structural limitations rooted in the cultural, historical and geographical realities of African countries, policies play a very important role in the economic growth of any country.

In his lecture titled, ‘Comparative regional development: Lessons from Southeast Asia for Africa’, the scholar said, “Growth is highly enhanced when the structure of the economy allows small actors the freedom to make decisions. There has to be a synergy.

For the small actors, economic freedom does not mean minimal state intervention. It means smart state intervention: credit subsidies, subsidy when market prices falls and restricting food import and export.”

The Professor of Sociology, Bethel University, Minnesota, USA, dismissed the notion that a country could be transformed by merely educating its people, pointing out that education is not enough without moral and ethical commitment from people to move the nation forward.

“There is a problem in Nigeria where we think that by merely educating the people, we can transform the country. If you look at the history of the world, it is not enough.

Simply because somebody is educated, we do not know how they are going to use it. The way they are going to use their education can be shaped by their moral and ethical commitment.

Two people with the same kind of education can decide to use it differently. One can use it to empower and enlighten others so that they can be in their drivers’ seat in life, while somebody can decide to acquire education to put people down to his own advantage. It is not enough to talk about education.

“What I do with my position is not just an intellectual but expertise issue. It is about the ethical and moral commitment that informs how people decide to use their education. You can have high productivity, which must be shared.
 
“We want productivity to be equitably shared. It does not mean that everybody is going to get the same thing. I don’t believe if am teaching in a Nigerian university, I must be a vice-chancellor or a dean. No, but I can function effectively in a university just being a professor and still be comfortable. We need productivity and educated people.”
 
To be relevant, Zalanga listed the available options to include having the necessary skills, effective purchasing power, impacting people’s lives as well as entrepreneurship.


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