An American-based Professor of Aeronautic Engineering, John Ayinde Fabunmi has called for the development of science and technology as basis for the nation’s advancement.
Mr. Fabunmi who made the call at a reception held in his honour at the Government House, Osogbo at the weekend, also opined that innovations and knowledge would go a long way in solving the nation’s socio-economic problems.
According to him innovations and knowledge have helped mankind in surmounting social, economic, infrastructural, geographical and institutional barriers that inhibit the development.
Mr. Fabunmi, has been appointed the chair of the Building Knowledge-based Society on Innovation, Infrastructure and Quality of Lives endowed by the Governor at the University of Osun (UNIOSUN) during the school’s last convocation.
The state government has enlisted him to domesticate his knowledge and technical know-how and disseminate them for the advancement in science and technology, infrastructure for productive purposes in the state
Fabunmi, who is board member of the American Heritage Defense Corporation, (AHDC), observed that the best asset of a people is their ability come up with new ideas to solve everyday problems confronting human beings in all facets of life.
According to him, great nations of the world did not get to where they are today by sudden flight but through the institutionalization of knowledge as the basis of their existence, essence and advancement.
He noted that across the world, developed nations are still breaking new grounds in science and technology spewing innovations, which are the catalysts that drive them on from one stage of advancement to another.
“No nation develops without the critical ingredient, which is, first and foremost, knowledge. It is the best asset a people possess. And this asset (knowledge) is the ability to come up with new ideas to solve problems, which confront human race on daily basis, he said.
“I have no doubt in my mind that what the Governor wants us to do can certainly be achieved. I will bring my experience of over three decades to bear on the endowment, with a few to redefining and broadening knowledge-based culture in the school and the state as a whole,” he added.
Speaking on the occasion, the state governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola said the distinction between the developed nations of the world and underdeveloped Africa was knowledge, adding that for it to advance, develop and grow, Nigeria must be prepared to tag along with these developed nations or else risk being isolated.
The governor, who expressed his government’s determination to support knowledge-based and innovation-driven initiative, said no one should be happy about the state of the country with terrible roads, lack of basic social infrastructure, collapse of productive economy and gradual close of manufacturing industries.
According to him, it was unfortunate that for too long, the nation has been living on rent economy without production basis, adding that the situation was so bad that the country imports nearly everything it citizens consume.
“There is nothing we don’t import. It’s so bad that we don’t produce the food we eat. There could be no bigger tragedy for a nation that can’t feed itself. God endows mankind with the ability to feed itself. If that natural endowment is lost; everything is lost, he said.
“Should there be crisis in the world today and we could not import foods; millions of Nigerians would die of starvation. It is against this backdrop that we endowed the chair at the UNIOSUN and we are determined to support this initiative,” he said.
Mr. Fabunmi has worked for 27 years as an individual research and development consultant and has provided scientific, engineering, program development and management consulting support to industry, academia and government in a variety of fields including: Turbo-machine Aero-elasticity, Aerospace Propulsion, Structural Dynamics, Space and Missile Defense, Advanced Signal Processing, Machine Intelligence and Sensors.