Cacheblog notes that our science graduates can overcome much of the unemployment problems they face after school through science entrepreneurship.
Nigeria does not have an industrialised economy. This forces science graduates to take postgraduate diplomas in business, Public Relations and so on to qualify for job placements.
Apart from job roles in the teaching profession, Nigeria does not have much use for her scientists. A little percentage could get employed by the Research Institutes but then, that sector is one of the most severely challenged in the country; especially in terms of funding.
For example, research and development into the production of cassava flour and other flours from Nigeria’s cereal crops started well over 40 years ago at FIIRO, yet we are only just beginning to talk of popularising cassava flour inclusion in bread and confectioneries.
The role of science in national economic development is yet to be fully appreciated by the designers of our economic and education policies. We need to understand that although scientists work in the laboratories, away from the public glare; their findings, when translated into goods and services, rule the world.
The Asian nations that are aggressively pursuing science, technology and innovation(STI) related industry are leapfrogging into the global market while hesitant nations like Nigeria remain uncompetitive and import dependent.
In the new world trend, natural resources endowments are not enough for wealth creation but the knowledge of how these raw materials can, through STI, be transformed into valuable goods and services for economic development and improved quality of life.
We cannot continue to separate science from business in our thinking. Science is good business. The nation therefore needs to devise policies that will groom the youths to embrace science, not just for academic gratification but for wealth creation.
In a chat with Dr. Mrs Gloria Elemo, former Director General, FIIRO in 2008, she opined that undergraduates in science-related professional courses be mandated to first earn degrees in the Basic Sciences before advancing to engineering and medicine.
This approach would produce a new crop of science graduates, who are genuinely interested in the sciences and who would embark on the quality of R&D that can launch the nation into the big time. It will also correct the current drift that produces scientists who now work in the banks counting money; a situation that undermines the prospects of Nigeria attaining national productivity through STI.
In a previous article, I discussed how the Neem (dogonyaro) tree is impacting the economy of India; yet it is said that the percentage of the active ingredient in the Nigerian Neem is 2 to 3 times that of India. Their success did not come about because they felled the Neem trees for sale.
India is profiting from this beneficial tree through investments in Research and Development (R&D). They have scientifically investigated the tree’s phyto-chemical (properties, isolated the active ingredients and developed relevant products like organic cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, fertilizers, bio-pesticides, etc. from them.
When my article on industrial enzymes years ago, I received mails from many science graduates who are now thinking of using their training to go into the manufacture of intermediary products for local industry, using local raw materials.
The torrential spate of technological products (like ICT ware, luxury cars, etc.) influx into our markets is so breath-taking that one wonders if we could ever earn a place of reckoning in the global market. Fortunately, we do have some feasible reference points.
At a forum on the utilization of natural products for foods and non-food uses convened by FIIRO, Dr. Francis Shode, a professor of chemistry advanced nutraceuticals as one such area, considering our biodiversity, indigenous knowledge, etc.
Addressing a pool of scientists on Building Innovative Capabilities and Capacity for Natural Products Research & Development in Nigeria, the Nigerian born University of Zululand don who also owns an R&D company in SA, spoke on the need to rescue the nation from her “Dutch Disease” syndrome through R&D.
Nigeria can, through concerted research, hone her comparative advantage in nutraceutical resources to competitive levels. If imported Nutraceutical brands like Forever Living Products, Tianshi, etc could enjoy so much upscale patronage in Nigeria, local entrepreneurs too should itch to participate in this trending niche; after all, we are a well endowed nation.
While we may not catch up fast in the production of hightech products, today’s science entrepreneurs can focus on the development of natural products which will include foods, cosmetics, nutrition and health products; fertilisers, animal feeds and so on.
These are areas where we already have raw materials that are currently either being consumed locally, exported in their raw form or wasted as post harvest losses. Some of the multinationals and other corporate giants currently sponsoring dancing and singing competitions could also incorporate sponsorship of R & D programmes, to equally encourage the science community and promote a science culture.
It is time now for us to make use of our Natural resources to create wealth through Science and Technology if the nation is to avert a looming poverty substrated on prolonged import dependency and unproductivity.
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Whether you believe in God or not, this is a must-read message!!!
Throughout time, we can see how we have been slowly conditioned to come to this point where we are on the verge of a cashless society. Did you know that the Bible foretold of this event almost 2,000 years ago?
In Revelation 13:16-18, we read,
“He (the false prophet who decieves many by his miracles) causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.”
Referring to the last generation, this could only be speaking of a cashless society. Why? Revelation 13:17 tells us that we cannot buy or sell unless we receive the mark of the beast. If physical money was still in use, we could buy or sell with one another without receiving the mark. This would contradict scripture that states we need the mark to buy or sell!
These verses could not be referring to something purely spiritual as scripture references two physical locations (our right hand or forehead) stating the mark will be on one “OR” the other. If this mark was purely spiritual, it would indicate only in one place.
For some time now, people have had RFID microchips implanted in their hand that is able to store all of their information in them, including their bank account; and it is outstanding how accurate the Bible is concerning this microchip.
You can read more about it here–also to understand the mystery behind the number 666: https://2ruth.org/rfid-mark-of-the-beast-666-revealed/
The third angel’s warning in Revelation 14:9-11 states,
“Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, ‘If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.'”
Who is Barack Obama, and why is he still in the public scene?
So what’s in the name? The meaning of someone’s name can say a lot about a person. God throughout history has given names to people that have a specific meaning tied to their lives. How about the name Barack Obama? Let us take a look at what may be hiding beneath the surface.
Jesus says in Luke 10:18, “…I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”
The Hebrew Strongs word (H1299) for “lightning”: “bârâq” (baw-rawk)
In Isaiah chapter 14, verse 14, we read about Lucifer (Satan) saying in his heart:
“I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.”
In the verses in Isaiah that refer directly to Lucifer, several times it mentions him falling from the heights or the heavens. The Hebrew word for the heights or heavens used here is Hebrew Strongs 1116: “bamah”–Pronounced (bam-maw’)
In Hebrew, the letter “Waw” or “Vav” is often transliterated as a “U” or “O,” and it is primarily used as a conjunction to join concepts together. So to join in Hebrew poetry the concept of lightning (Baraq) and a high place like heaven or the heights of heaven (Bam-Maw), the letter “U” or “O” would be used. So, Baraq “O” Bam-Maw or Baraq “U” Bam-Maw in Hebrew poetry similar to the style written in Isaiah, would translate literally to “Lightning from the heights.” The word “Satan” in Hebrew is a direct translation, therefore “Satan.”
So when Jesus told His disciples in Luke 10:18 that He beheld Satan fall like lightning from heaven, if this were to be spoken by a Jewish Rabbi today influenced by the poetry in the book of Isaiah, he would say these words in Hebrew–the words of Jesus in Luke 10:18 as, And I saw Satan as Baraq O Bam-Maw.
The names of both of Obama’s daughters are Malia and Natasha. If we were to write those names backward (the devil does things in reverse) we would get “ailam ahsatan”. Now if we remove the letters that spell “Alah” (Allah being the false god of Islam), we get “I am Satan”. Coincidence? I don’t think so.
Obama’s campaign logo when he ran in 2008 was a sun over the horizon in the west, with the landscape as the flag of the United States. In Islam, they have their own messiah that they are waiting for called the 12th Imam, or the Mahdi (the Antichrist of the Bible), and one prophecy concerning this man’s appearance is the sun rising in the west.
“Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people— saying with a loud voice, ‘Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.'” (Revelation 14:6-7)
Why have the word’s of Jesus in His Gospel accounts regarding His death, burial, and resurrection, been translated into over 3,000 languages, and nothing comes close? The same God who formed the heavens and earth that draws all people to Him through His creation, likewise has sent His Word to the ends of the earth so that we may come to personally know Him to be saved in spirit and in truth through His Son Jesus Christ.
Jesus stands alone among the other religions that say to rightly weigh the scales of good and evil and to make sure you have done more good than bad in this life. Is this how we conduct ourselves justly in a court of law? Bearing the image of God, is this how we project this image into reality?
Our good works cannot save us. If we step before a judge, being guilty of a crime, the judge will not judge us by the good that we have done, but rather by the crimes we have committed. If we as fallen humanity, created in God’s image, pose this type of justice, how much more a perfect, righteous, and Holy God?
God has brought down His moral laws through the 10 commandments given to Moses at Mt. Siani. These laws were not given so we may be justified, but rather that we may see the need for a savior. They are the mirror of God’s character of what He has put in each and every one of us, with our conscious bearing witness that we know that it is wrong to steal, lie, dishonor our parents, murder, and so forth.
We can try and follow the moral laws of the 10 commandments, but we will never catch up to them to be justified before a Holy God. That same word of the law given to Moses became flesh about 2,000 years ago in the body of Jesus Christ. He came to be our justification by fulfilling the law, living a sinless perfect life that only God could fulfill.
The gap between us and the law can never be reconciled by our own merit, but the arm of Jesus is stretched out by the grace and mercy of God. And if we are to grab on, through faith in Him, He will pull us up being the one to justify us. As in the court of law, if someone steps in and pays our fine, even though we are guilty, the judge can do what is legal and just and let us go free. That is what Jesus did almost 2,000 years ago on the cross. It was a legal transaction being fulfilled in the spiritual realm by the shedding of His blood.
For God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 18:23). This is why in Isaiah chapter 53, where it speaks of the coming Messiah and His soul being a sacrifice for our sins, why it says it pleased God to crush His only begotten Son.
This is because the wrath that we deserve was justified by being poured out upon His Son. If that wrath was poured out on us, we would all perish to hell forever. God created a way of escape by pouring it out on His Son whose soul could not be left in Hades but was raised and seated at the right hand of God in power.
So now when we put on the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 13:14), God no longer sees the person who deserves His wrath, but rather the glorious image of His perfect Son dwelling in us, justifying us as if we received the wrath we deserve, making a way of escape from the curse of death–now being conformed into the image of the heavenly man in a new nature, and no longer in the image of the fallen man Adam.
Now what we must do is repent and put our trust and faith in the savior, confessing and forsaking our sins, and to receive His Holy Spirit that we may be born again (for Jesus says we must be born again to enter the Kingdom of God–John chapter 3). This is not just head knowledge of believing in Jesus, but rather receiving His words, taking them to heart, so that we may truly be transformed into the image of God. Where we no longer live to practice sin, but rather turn from our sins and practice righteousness through faith in Him in obedience to His Word by reading the Bible.
Our works cannot save us, but they can condemn us; it is not that we earn our way into everlasting life, but that we obey our Lord Jesus Christ:
“And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.” (Hebrews 5:9)
“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.’
Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’ And He said to me, ‘Write, for these words are true and faithful.’
And He said to me, ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.'” (Revelation 21:1-8).