U.S. ex-presidential aide to partner UNN on ICT, entrepreneurship
Erstwhile adviser to former President George Bush of the United States (U.S.) on Science and Technology, Emeka Nwabueze, has expressed willingness to partner with the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and entrepreneurship studies.Nwabueze spoke as a guest lecturer at the investiture and third Distinguished Personality Lecture of the Faculty of Arts of the institution.
He said he was ready to partner with the university in developing its ICT and entrepreneurship with a concept that could affect a revolution and paradigm shift, which would connect the UNN to the rest of the world for the benefits of the students, the school and the country at large.
“I have seen what is on the ground – the structures, potential and the capacity – and I am highly impressed.“I believe that together we can do a lot of things in the area of ICT and entrepreneurship, but we have to first develop the concept that will drive us to bring up the youths and tell the rest of the world that Nigerian youths are not lazy.
“Yes, money and time are needed; but the most important value is the concept. It is not about structure or building; it is about concept. Some governors have contacted me that they wanted to build something like Silicon Valley; but I told them that Silicon Valley is not about building it is about concept,” said he.
Speaking on a topic ‘Re-engineering Igbo Apprenticeship Model In An Era of Digital Economy’, he noted that the Igbo apprenticeship model was being credited worldwide as one of the key factors that created so much wealth in South East Nigeria.He added, “This model is responsible for why there are more billionaires in South East Nigeria than any other part of Africa. We can comfortably say that many of today’s billionaires in South East Nigeria; business magnates like Chisco, Innoson, Coscharis and many others are products of the apprenticeship model.“Igbo apprenticeship is a model that needs to be studied, analysed and innovated to keep up with changes in business environment and technological advancement.”
The guest lecturer, who was decorated with the institution’s ‘Art Man of the Year’, said he was impressed with what he met on the ground in the university generally and the Faculty of Arts in particular.Represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics) of UNN, Professor James Ogbonna, the vice chancellor said the university was fortunate to play host to an illustrious personality like Nwabueze whom he said had gone round the world and served in the U.S.Dean, Faculty of Arts, Professor Nnanyelugo Okoro, described the former U.S. presidential aide as a man of excellence in many ways.