Jun 26, 2009, 6:21 AM
It is an accepted fact that human resource does not only contribute to national development, but are a factor of production that also creates wealth.
There are many countries that are not blessed with abundant natural resources, yet they are able to create stupendous wealth, due to efficient application of their human resource. Japan is a case in point.
By contrast, there are some African countries that are endowed with natural wealth, yet deeply steeped in poverty, resulting mainly from poor application of their human resource.
It all goes to show that it is not what you have at your disposal that matters, but how you make judicious use of them.
A Africans, we must emphasize the need for more technical and vocational training opportunities to be made available and affordable to the people, as it is the quality of the labour force that makes a difference.
A country endowed with well-trained and well-mobilised human resources, is bound to be more prosperous than the one with ill-trained and poorly co-ordinated human resource.
It is, therefore, important to invest a lot in our human resource.
We need well-trained manpower to exploit our mineral wealth, and to ensure a just and equitable distribution within the framework of an open society.
Sadly, vices that retard Africa’s progress include corruption, nepotism, ethnicity, religious bigotry and senseless wars.
Even where there is a super-abundance of highly-skilled human resource, it would bear no fruit if corruption continued unabated.
“Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.”