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PROMOTING NIGERIA MADE PRODUCTS & THE SPIRIT OF PATRIOTISM THE NEED FOR ATTITUDINAL CHANGES ON THE PART OF NIGERIA

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By all measurable standards, Nigeria is a great country that is abundantly endowed with human and material resources that could sustain high and broad-based growth and development. The most populous black nation in the world is the biggest economy in Africa, whose economy constitutes 76 per cent of the economy of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS. Nigeria also holds 30 per cent of the economy in sub-Saharan Africa, and 21 per cent of Africas economy. As at 2014, it was ranked 26th in the world in terms of GDP, and aims to become one of the 20 largest economies in the world by 2020. From all indications, Nigeria can be greater that it is at the moment with the cooperation of the government and the governed. Some of the ingredients required, apart from good governance are the can-do-it spirit, patriotism and a collective resolve to make Nigeria great by Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora. ADVANTAGES: Our country boasts of the highest pool of highly educated and trained manpower in Africa. This is in addition to our large population which offers the largest market for investors in Africa. Let us first discuss the potentials of Nigeria, starting with notable inventors. Late Prof. Ayodele Awojobi, a genius in the field of Mechanical Engineering invented a motor vehicle that had steering wheels at both the front and back and could be controlled at both ends. Philip Emeagwali lives in the United States and is recognized worldwide and has been voted Father of Super-computing According to reports, he is ranked No:1 in computing, and graded first by Google for contribution to the development of the computer. Sometime ago, fellow Nigerians attempted to bring him down! Bart Nnaji, a professor and former Minister of the Federal Republic holds a Doctorate in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the United States. He is reputed to be one of the innovators of the E-design concept. Mohamed Bah Abba developed the Pot-in-Pot Preservation Cooling System in the 1990s. He received the Rolex Award for Enterprise in 2001, and used his US$75,000 award to make the invention available throughout Nigeria. I am yet to sight any of the products that could be used in the rural areas in any of our stores. Rtd Brig-Gen Oviemo Ovadje, as medical doctor and a soldier, was declared the Best African Scientist…

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