US Veteran and ex-community leader
canvass support for Diaspora participation in governance
...people in governance should live up to expectation and provide basic amenities that is prerequisite to development of any kind, too much talking and analysis do not produce anything, it makes the mind lazy and kills creativity
Speaking from his base in Colorado, Mr. Gbogi lamented at the worrisome neglect of governance in the hands of politicians and elites whom he considered 'disconnected' from the realities of modern trends in nation building.
Everything the average African leaders are taking for granted are necessities of life that cannot be over-ruled, take for instance, electricity in the advent of green energy, education in the advent of the social media, communication and transportation in the advent of evolving technology that continues to challenge our ways of life every new day.
Members of the African Diaspora community will be doing motherland a lot of disservice by our continuous apathy and complaints of bad governance and societal failures when a lot of us are in the position to beat the challenge.
Those of us whom I considered as 'enjoying certain privileges' should take advantage of that opportunity and challenge those areas we have witnessed a deficit in governance back home. This is the reason why we set up the Gbogy Foundation to provide skilled training for Nigerian school leavers in the areas of ICT, we are building partnership with some institutions here I America and other Chinese organizations to support our work in revamping school classrooms, provision of decent learning environmental and equipment installation.
We are not the only one possibly providing services through a Foundation but taking a cue at what foreign organisatons like the Bill Gates Foundation are doing in Africa or the Oversea Chinese Associations, what they are doing to join hands with their home government, in China, most innovation technologies were influenced by the oversea Chinese from America and Europe, you will see a massive structure dedicated to the efforts of Oversea Chinese, they are playing major role alongside the efforts of the government.
Coming home to Nigeria, at many occasions we presume it is only when you take part in the politics or join a political campaign that you can begin to implement expected changes but reality has proved all that wrong because once you are fused up with the same packs of individual mindset that has subjected the citizenry to the sordid situations they are faced with nobody might notice the difference and we’re all back in the vicious circles.
In the United States alone, Diaspora Nigerians constitute the majority of the professionals and experts in various field of development and right there in China, where I was a regional community leader, Nigerian immigrants constitute majority of the business innovations springing up from the SME categories with focus on the Africa market, from their constant contacts with various industries and research and development companies, Nigerians down there certainly have enough to bring to governance and economic development of the country by virtue of their relationship with the fast growing Chinese economy.
The home Government has a responsibility to harness these talents through the Diaspora initiatives scheme, that is what the Gbogi Foundation is promoting through our various affiliate groups, we have programme designed for the Educational group, ICT and Innovation Technology that can match with the challenges of unemployment back home.
Our prayers is that the people in governance would live up to expectation and provide basic amenities that is prerequisite to development of any kind-too much talking and analysis do not produce anything, it makes the mind lazy and kills creativity, we want people in governance to see the need for an urgent overhaul of the current situation that continue to chase Nigeria’s best brain away from home. A lot of Diaspora Nigerians I have met in China wants to go home with the experience they have gathered in industry and innovation technology and I encourage them not to relent but join hands with what we are doing to make their dreams come true.
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