very technological achievement is the result of extensive investigation. Every powerful institution we see today in the world is the result of years of hard work and research, with the application of research findings determining whether it succeeds or fails.
If there are any setbacks during the application process, more research is required until it is completed correctly. That is how it works, and it is a never-ending process because every discovery is still a work in progress, with new investigations and inquiries starting from there.
As a result, no product research in industrialized cultures is complete; they are constantly seeking for new methods to improve or upgrade their products. It influences not only science and technology, but also management and politics.
The presidential election in the United States of America ended a while back, and accusations and counter-accusations are still flying everywhere. At the end of it all, people will get down to examine the issue as a whole, with discovered gaps addressed through legal and constitutional measures.
I went to the trouble of going over the instances above because I have searched the country’s south, west, east, and north for productive researchers and have come up empty-handed. A country that does not devote sufficient resources to research and development will never progress. The government’s disinterest has spilled over into the business (private) sector as well.
All of our banks, multinational corporations, manufacturing concerns, educational institutions, and government parastatals are rental and clearing agents. After more than 40 years of oil discoveries in the country, even the NNPC, with all of the resources at its disposal, is unable to function using locally developed technologies. We are content to be agents and distributors, which stifles our technological advancement.
We enjoy misleading ourselves by talking about space exploration and seeking for oil in the Chad basin when we should be starting with the basics. Even before the arrival of the white man, Nigeria was a manufacturer of steel through the Nok civilization.
Why have we not progressed further on this, integrating our traditional technologies with modern science? During the civil war, Biafrans produced gasoline on their own without the help of foreign countries; today, more than 40 years later, the country still imports gasoline from abroad. What is the reason for this?
When it comes to guns, the Kalashnikov AK47 is well-known around the world, but this is the result of a single individual’s discovery in the former Soviet Republic, which was sponsored by the government. What is going on with our local dane gun makers, and has anyone in authority considered improving our local manufacturing to modern standards?
It is not about chasing outlaws and arresting them like regular criminals; it is about catching them and integrating them into official circles, with the essential code of conduct clearly spelled out. You will see that they would perform better if you encourage them and adequately monitor/supervise them.
It does not have to be large; small industries or cooperatives can work just as well. When you properly incorporate these folks, you will find out that our fight against crime will improve immensely because we will be able to go out to the grassroots and use the skills more positively and effectively to the good of all. The same system can be applied to Aba-made products as well as the north’s hide and skin industries.
These are not all insurmountable challenges. When a leader decides on a focus, he involves his team, and they all work together to make it a reality. We have a science and technology department, in name only; there is no specific goal, infrastructure, funds, or employees to make it work. Even in our social sciences and arts sectors, we must support research in this country. They say you cannot focus on a direction if you do not know your past.
Most of the current myths about ourselves will vanish as a result of open study and findings. We want a democracy set up like America’s, but have we studied the American system to see why it works and why ours is still stuck in a loop?
We have seen families that have lived in some parts of the country for generations and are still referred to as settlers; they cannot speak up because they are considered non-indigenes. That is why a lot of businessmen from the North would rather prefer to have a business dealing with an outsider to his fellow Nigerian, and vice versa.
Have our political scientists looked into it? What have the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER) and other professional organizations been up to? Do they not realize that the issue of indigeneity and settlership is the most significant hindrance to peace, unity, and security in this country?
When you have got this figured out, the problem of trying to fix censuses and other ethnicity manipulations will be a thing of the past. It will be simple to address pending concerns if our many experts in various fields have actually put their researches together and presented the appropriate recommendations to government.
The scientific method is open; everyone can hear, see, smell, taste, and touch it; if you alter it, you will never obtain the desired outcome. Our researchers’ job is to find solutions to society’s many issues.
Prof. Awojobi, Ade Ajayi, Claude Ake, Chike Obi, and others have all worked in diverse sectors in the past, but where are our contemporary researchers? It is apparent that our system has reduced these individuals to insignificance, but I feel that the outcome in Nigeria would have been different if they had used their scientific efforts to assist build mankind. It is also worth noting that pursuing research will eliminate oppressive and suppressive inclinations, with merit serving as the criterion for making decisions.
We witnessed different individuals and institutions lay claim to the development of a cure for the coronavirus at the height of the COVID-19 lockdown in Nigeria, but today we are hearing nothing, everyone has gone silent, and that is our way, and we anticipate to make progress in this fashion. Is there anyone out there keeping track of these claims and how they may help Nigerians?