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Here in Nigeria we have People comprising more than 250 ethnic groups of many different races, tribes and religion, with varying languages and customs, creating a country of rich ethnic diversity who are knit together to common history, common interest and common ideas, the things that unite us are stronger than the things that divide us. I always remind people of our firmly rooted policy of religious tolerance. We have no intention of favouring one religion, one tribe or one class at the expense of another. Subject to the overriding need to preserve justice, law and order, we determine that everyone should have absolute liberty to practice his belief and be free to pursue his/her legitimate business according to the dictates of his/her conscience…” - Sir Ahmadu Bello


“…Nigeria has now reached a critical stage in her history. We must seize the opportunity which has been offered to us to show that we can manage our own affairs properly. Every Nigerian, whatever his status, and whatever his religion, has his or her share to contribute to this crucial task. I appeal to all my countrymen and women to cooperate with me and my colleagues to create a better understanding among our peoples, to establish mutual respect, and trust, among all our tribal groups, and to unite in working together for the common cause, the cause for which no sacrifice will be too great”. - Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa (1957)


“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, former US President; First inaugural address, 4th March 1933 - (January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945)


“Of all tyrannies in history, the Bolshevik tyranny is the worst, the most destructive and the most degrading.”

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, UK Prime Minister from 1940 to 1945 - (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965)


It was Tommy Douglas of Canada who once said "My friends watch out for the little fellow with an idea” and another famous politician went on to say “the little fellow can become a giant if he becomes fearless. Fearless to say the truth, to lead, fearless to deal with lawlessness, fearless to achieve consensus and take action, fearless to bring all communities under one umbrella and fearless to provide equal level playing field and opportunity for all, where information, access and continued growth and sustained economic prosperity is the key, where, then followers become leaders and leaders become pioneers".


“… One of the best ways to understand how the international economy works is to start by looking at what happens inside nations. If we want to understand differences in national growth rates, a good place to start is by examining differences in regional growth; if we want to understand international specialization, a good place to start is with local specialization.” - Paul Krugman (1991)


 

“We are aware that evolving economic, political, technological and social conditions in Nigeria and the World today offer unprecedented opportunities as well as significant, still insufficiently understood threats to our communities. This uneven economic landscape, demographic shifts, and unprecedented challenges on the issues of poverty, security, jobs, unity, development and restructuring beg the need for the country to take control of its economy proactively; in a non-partisan fashion”. - Dr. Baba J Adamu,


2016 “Given the emergence of new regional dynamics in development policy and practice, Arewa region MUST fine-tune current regional development perspectives and to develop new ones that are not only more in sync with the present and future global context but with the governance systems being currently adopted that are becoming more and more decentralized and grassroots oriented. States Governors within the Arewa region must come together to create and adopt the Arewa Regional Economic Plan with emphasis on a balanced approach to development and opportunity for all irrespective of one’s tribe, social class, religious belief and even political affiliation; and establish targets for economic growth of the entire region. The economic plan should be built on current regional opportunities, collaboration and innovation linking States macroeconomic models with regional development and economic plan termed: Regional Econometric Model”…Dr Baba J Adamu


October 13, 2004

A Plea for Consideration: There was a time, not too long ago in Nigeria when despair and hopelessness was the bane of existence, a time when all problems seemed to defy all solutions, and everything seemed to head for collapse. Indeed, there was a time, when as it appeared, like the historic Israelites in the land of Egypt, or the idol worshippers in the land of Makkah, the worst had to be experienced before God would send a messenger to take them to freedom. Even in those simple days, there was obvious need for a ‘Miracle’ to come to the rescue. Now, new times are setting in, Nigeria, and indeed the whole worlds are getting even more complex, yet smaller. There is an even greater demand for leaders with greater courage, vision and godliness to find solutions where non-seems to exist. In the Nigerian situation, more than at any time before, there is greater need for a leadership with potentials and capabilities to channel the path of economic development and provide the peace and stability required for sustainable growth; a political platform with leaders that are capable of formulating workable economic policies that can sustain high standards, and provide tools of empowerment to the youth including women. Nigerians need visionary leaders, New and prosperous Nigeria – New Nigeria


October 24, 2003

MARSHAL LIKE PLAN FOR AFRICA

But we cannot solve the urgent problems of poverty without a fourth step -- a substantial increase in funds for development. An investment fund of $50 billion per year that invites applications for health, education, and anti-poverty work will help build the capacity of the poorest countries for sustainable development. In the future, no country genuinely committed to open, corruption-free, pro-stability, and pro-investment policies should be denied the chance to progress because of the lack of basic investment in education and health..


September 29, 2003

Nigeria must overcome its crisis and continue to grow. First we have to reform the economic system to increase its efficiency and responsiveness. Second we must bring about an internal adjustment, improving movement of resources all over and particularly to the rural areas to ensure the economic empowerment of the rural populace including women, increase domestic market competition and improve the organization and the quality of investment program in vital economical sectors in all part of the country. Third there has to be substantial external adjustment...


August 21, 2003

STATE & CIVIL SOCIETY

Government can act in partnership with agencies in civil society to foster community renewal and development. The economic basis of such partnership is what is referred to as the new mixed economy. Reform of the state and government should be a basic orientating principled of a third way politics - a process of the deepening and widening of democracy with values thus: Equality, Protection & Security, Freedom as autonomy, No rights without responsibility, No authority without democracy, Cosmopolitan pluralism and philosophic conservatism...


July 21, 2003

By origin mankind were a single people or nation. That being so, God could have kept us all alike, with one language, one kind of disposition, and even one set of physical conditions to live in. But in His wisdom, He gives us diversity in these things, not only at any given time, but also in different periods and ages. This tests our capacity for unity and accentuates the need of unity and self esteem. Since geography has made us neighbours, let freedom make us friends and let us understand that the real issue now, then, lies on the question of whether we can collectively make sufficient unanimous, efficient declaration of unbreakable unity, stand by our declaration, rally behind common goals and understand our differences even during rough rides, which surely will be the price to pay but so negligible will they be compared to the surplus of economic and political growth to come afterwards.


July 9, 2003

"In Nigeria, where people live off politics and politicians and where, despite the propaganda, there are no real Civil Service but frozen-in "show me and I show you" and a few trusted appointees, there is now more than ever a healthy desire for a "more professional" administration again"

 

Let us rally behind our leadership whose true commitment towards lasting peace and economic progress is impeccable, let us understand the government innovative consultation process with a simple goal in mind: to let the citizens of this great state guide its plans and priorities for the years ahead. Let us support a government that is guided by following the very simple, four-step formula that has guided great leaders of the world. It will ask for citizens' input. They will answer. It will listen. It will take action. Here is a government that believes that this approach is the heart of democracy and the soul of leadership. Only by working together can we realize the benefits of our strong economy, identify and invest in the priorities that matter and realize the promise of our founding fathers. Nigeria has always known about that promise. Let us work together to feel and see the promise fulfilled.


July 12, 2003

"Tradition and nature are alike in the sense that they take many decisions 'out of play'. Activities and events are 'always done this way' or are accepted as 'natural'. Once tradition and nature are transformed, forward-looking decisions have to be taken, and we have responsibility for their consequences. who should bear responsibility for the future consequences of present activities (whether of individuals, nation or other groups) is one of the major concerns of the new politics, as is who provides security if things go wrong, how and with what resources.."

 

 

"Where despair and hopelessness exist, those who have the ability to take action have the moral responsibility to take action to help those who live on the bare edge of survival.  And democracy is more than the creed of our country, it is the inborn hope of our humanity, an ideal we must carry, a trust we must bear and pass along. And even after all these years, we have a long way yet to travel, that is why we must all be involved ..."  - Baba J Adamu

 

FUTURE OF ICT IN NIGERIA
"Today, Nigerian ICT sector is at the cross roads. The direction we choose will determine not just our future but also the legacy we leave behind for future generations of knowledge workers in this country, who have the creativity to dream impossible dreams and the determination to translate those dreams into reality"...
- Baba J Adamu

“Given the emergence of new regional dynamics in development policy and practice, Arewa region MUST fine-tune current regional development perspectives and to develop new ones that are not only more in sync with the present and future global context but with the governance systems being currently adopted that are becoming more and more decentralized and grassroots oriented. States Governors within the Arewa region must come together to create and adopt the Arewa Regional Economic Plan with emphasis on a balanced approach to development and opportunity for all diversity irrespective of one’s tribe, social class, religious belief and even political affiliation; and establish targets for economic growth of the entire region taking advantage of our Demographic Shifts, which will fuel the growth of new sectors, markets, and service lines in our communities. The ability of our diversity to build strength and unity is the power that will propel the region and consequently, the Nigerian industry, into new dimensions of performance and inclusive growth. Catalyzing Inclusive Growth Through ICT-enabled solutions in healthcare, education, financial services and public services can drive socio-economic development and inclusion of more than 30 million citizens each year, faster, cheaper and more effectively than traditional models. The economic plan should be built on current regional opportunities, collaboration and innovation linking States macroeconomic models with regional development and economic plan termed: Regional Econometric Model”President ACRD 

 

 


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