Developing human capital, crucial for economic growth
In a bid to drive the economic growth of the country, stakeholders have stressed the need to prioritise human capital development for the economic development of the country.
The experts submitted that the foundation of any modern and progressive society is its skilled and motivated workforce. Speaking at the convocation ceremony of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Managing Director, West African Ceramics Limited, Bhaskar Rao, harped on the imperative of building a skilled human capital base to contribute to Nigeria’s development.
Citing the firm’s passion for building capacity, Rao, who was represented by Director, Human Resources, West African Ceramics Limited, A. A. Bello noted that they presented postgraduate degree in architecture scholarships to three deserving students of the institution.
Rao said the scholarship afforded their business an opportunity to invest in people who would build the future of the country.He said: “Architectural designs define people and their culture. If we look around the world, we see masterpieces like the Roman Coliseum, Notre Dame, the Empire State Building, Sydney Opera House and the Taj Mahal to mention a few. With this scholarship award, we are investing in people who will build a Nigeria that will be more beautiful and inspiring.”
The beneficiaries poured encomium on the company for developing a foresight in investing in Nigeria’s human capital. A beneficiary of the scheme, Uzoamaka Agatha Samuel, said: “I am really grateful to Royal Ceramics for their kind gesture. I am very passionate about stemming the tide of building collapse in Nigeria and the knowledge I will gain from my postgraduate study will be immensely beneficial in realising my passion.”
Also, Okudo Patrick Chibueze Okudo, a male beneficiary that after the MSc programme, he will start a landscaping firm to create an environment that will be beautiful and inspiring.