n African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development - The road less travelled

Volume 2, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2042-1338
  • E-ISSN: 2042-1346
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I started my career in engineering and obtained a B.5c. (first class honours) in Chemical Engineering from the University of He, now the Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. I thereafter joined Nigeria's nascent steel industry and was sent to India along side other young Nigerian engineers for training. The failure of my country to make a success of this project and the deep sense of disappointment left me searching for answers as to why given all the bright minds we had then things were not working. This was where the questioning started for me about my own role, the project and its contribution to national development. As is well known, a project that started so well and was peaking up to completion by the early 1980s suddenly got derailed. We were all young, optimistic about the inevitable greatness of Nigeria and were then persuaded that big projects such as steel. petrochemicals, fertilizers were the right "big push" technological efforts required to start Nigeria off with other countries with which we were at the same economic development levels in the 1970s such as South Korea, Malaysia and Indonesia among others.

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