The Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, has advised Nigerians to cease from their massive exodus and admiration of developed countries when they have all it takes to address the developmental challenges of Nigeria.
Suleiman insisted that there are no greener pastures across the border for anyone whose country is not properly positioned in terms of development.
In his speech at the opening ceremony of the 2nd international Conference of Social Science (ICOSS), with the theme “Africa and its Diaspora: opportunities, challenges and the future”, held at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) Abuja, Bogoro said that Africa has the potentials to rule the world if she can develop the capacity of her citizens.
In the same vein, he stated that the universities being a learning institute that deals with the lives of youths, have huge responsibility to drive the needed socioeconomic and manpower development in the continent.
According to him, “We cannot continue to admire other nations. Rather, we must address the challenges at home through wisdom, hard work, and determination, and not promoting unnecessary rivalry.
He believes that if we love our country and continent, we can do to it lots of good to turn around its socioeconomic destiny since nobody will develop our fatherland, Africa, for us.
“If your home is not clear for the greener pastures then there is no greener pastures across the border for you”
NOUN Vice-Chancellor, Prof Abdalla Uba Adamu explained in his welcome remarks, that the conference was organised to discuss several issues that would better the economic development of Africa.
He also seize the occasion to challenge participants to discuss and leverage on the practical applicability of potentials, knowledge, skills, and experiences of Africans in the Diaspora, to the development of Africa.
On a final note, the President, Morgan State University, Baltimore, David Wilson, in his keynote address called on Africans to unite strongly and reclaim its lost glory.