THE pace of global integration has become even faster due to the advancement of technology. Nigeria is not an exception in the globalization process. Thus, for Nigeria to benefit more from globilazation we need to integrate further into international trade by diversifying our exports.
National Chairman, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Oye, stated this in his keynote lecture titled ‘Politics And Globalization: Challenges For Sustainable Development in Nigeria’ at the 1st Public Lecture/Luncheon organised by the Political Science Postgraduates Students Association (PSPSA) of the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University in his honour of the Speaker, Anambra State House of Assembly, Uche Okafor, held in Awka.
Chief Oye argued that globalisation has become an inevitable phenomenon, bringing the world closer through the exchange of goods and products, information, knowledge and culture, stating that Nigeria has not benefited from globalization due to monocultural export, inability to attract increased foreign investments and huge indebtedness.
“But globalization can be domesticated in the country through diversification of exports, debt reduction, and expanded development cooperation with other contraries. The Nigerian state also needs to strengthen as a bulwark against the dictates of foreign capital.”
“A better business environment is also required to attract more foreign investments, he said. He maintained that Nigeria can participate on its own terms as a subject rather than as the object or victim of globalization,” he said.
In his speech, Hon. Okafor, enjoined students of the institution to hold fast to the ideals the institution was established that best selling point of any institution of learning is its products. The reference any institution gets comes from the contributions of its graduates and the degree of references determines the influence it makes.
“Thank you for organizing the lecture for me today. It excites me that this has really elevated my status. I left University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) where I am alumni, left Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, which is so close to me and where I worship every Sunday and decided to do my doctorate degree at Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University because we must promote what belongs to ndi Anambra,” he said.
“My dream is that in a year or two years time when my citations are being read, they will say PhD COOU. It will be a thing of joy for me, because it will not only help promote the school but shows that great personalities come out of COOU.
This school is making great strides in maintaining high standard which is the quality that is beginning to be associated with the institution.” He promised to do whatever he can not only as speaker but as onye Anambra for COOU and the department of political science to come on top.
In his remarks, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation, Sir Chuka Nnabuife, said it was brilliant of the PSPSA to come out with an issue that is germane to their field. “It is a 360 degree event that involved political figures, scholars, and students.
What could be more appropriate than this kind of setting to discuss things that are apt. I liked the appropriateness of the event, I like the teaching of the keynote speaker and the roundedness of the audience,” he said.
The student association honoured Hon Uche Okafor with a Meritorious Award for Excellence and Quality Legislative Leadership, with Chief Victor Oye presented with a Meritorious Award of Excellence for Political Leadership, while member, representing Anambra East and West Federal Constituency, in the House of Representatives, Chinedu Obidiegwu was honoured with a Meritorious Award of Excellence for Political Leadership and Youth Development.