Thursday, April 6, 2017

USA Africa Dialogue Series - UNN makes history with ‘Roar Nigeria Hub’ — Technology — Breaking News, Nigeria News and World News – The Guardian Nigeria

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From: "Joe Attueyi [NigerianID]"
Date: Thu, 6 Apr 2017 14:07:28 +0100

'Perfect idea by these UNN academics.
Next will be to leverage this lofty idea to create half way house that
would pair top
grauduates with venture capitalists who would in turn convert Ph.D.
thesis ideas into cash and jobs everywhere in Nigeria and indeed
Africa. The marriage of best and brightest groomed in academia and
venture capitalists is what made California, US one of the richest
economy in the world. Leading in the effort are UC system, Stanford
university, Cal-state system, Cal. Institute of tech......and more.
UNN now in the lead should pull other universities in the South and
Middle Belt to create a network of universities that would invest in
top students and eventual creation of Africa's "Silicon Valley" in
Nigeria. Before our very eyes in the 90's South Koreans did that and
the country is ripping the benefit today. The result of their effort
are Samsung corp., Hyundai motor company.....etc. If they can do that
Africans can too.

The only impediment is steady electricity and Fulani controlled
Nigerian government sabotage. But this relentless pursuit for good
life for all Africans will go on in spite of all that.'

Emmanuel H Onyekwere, PhD • 54 minutes ago

Great news for Nigeria and regional development in particular. I have
advocated a focus to regional planning with integration of academia,
private and public partnerships. Nigeria is simply two big to be run
from a central hub in Abuja. What the Ministry of Education and
Ministry of Science and Tech can do is to set aside a portion of their
budgets to fund capital investments in start ups emerging from this
Hub in the form of grants. In that way they are not only creating jobs
but also adding value to the GDP as these start up companies progress.
All Federally funded universities by way of positive emulation will
come up with similar Hubs within their campuses and in no time a
mushrooming effect will enable others specialize according to their
respective strengths.

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