Investment In Education Key To Africa's Success - Obasanjo

ALGIERS- Algeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo Monday called on African leaders to invest in education, science and technology in order to make the continent competitive in the 21st century.
He told the 35th summit of the OAU in Algiers that unlike the 20th century which pursued a development process based on the exploitation of fossil fuels, the 21st century would be "biological and biodiverse, with biotechnology being the kingpin of the process.
" As a continent blessed with pristine environment, solar energy and a variety of plants and animals, Africa can reasonably claim to already possess what it takes to be globally competitive, Obasanjo noted.
"We just need to invest in education, science, and technology to improve efficiency and social discipline," Obasanjo advised his colleagues.
"In other words, we will require societies that are educated at all levels to the standards of the 21st century.
" Saying that the 20th century was both a century of colonisation and decolonisation, Obasanjo said Africa now has the historic opportunity to forge a better future in terms of economic and social development.
As evidence of this, he recalled the 1979 Monrovia Strategy which was followed by the adoption of the Lagos Plan of Action and the Final Act of Lagos in 1980.
In 1991, the process climaxed with the signing of the Abuja Treaty, which established the African Economic Community.
"Africa is at the beginning of a new dawn.
it is up to us to mobilise our peoples and societies to make this vision a glorious reality," Obasanjo emphasised.

12 july 1999 09:29:00

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