The Instrumentality Of Manufacturing In Translating Poverty To Prosperity

Series No.: 
82
Delivered by: 
Ibhadode A.O
Delivered on: 
Thursday, May 18, 2006

The Vice-Chancellor Sir, Distinguished Guests, Principal Officers, Provost, Deans, Directors, Heads of Departments, Professors, Respected Academic Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen, I feel greatly honoured for the opportunity given to me to give this inaugural lecture.  The lecture is titled: The Instrumentality of Manufacturing in Translating Poverty to Prosperity. There is palpable poverty in the land as furnished by the following phenomenal indicators: massive unemployment, squalid cities, bad roads, epileptic electric power supply, scarce potable water, poor educational facilities, obsolete and non-functional laboratory equipment, congested classrooms. Others include: prevalent use of second-hand/obsolete items such as motor vehicles, used clothes, aircraft, etc. The list also covers widespread caveat-emptor notices warning property speculators against the dangers of gullibility, monumental corruption, children and women trafficking, overseasitis  (implying imaginary fever (disease) associated with the uncontrollable urge to travel to overseas), uncontrollable crime rate. The list is unending!    Yet, this is a land endowed with abundant human and material resources!  Why should there be suffering in the land of plenty? What are we not doing to our resources that other countries do?  What can be done to reverse this trend?  Possible answers to these questions in the context of my research work is the focus of this lecture.  The lecture posits that manufacturing as one of the real sectors of the economy is on rapid decline in Nigeria. It focuses on my humble contributions in manufacturing engineering research and offers some recommendations that might help to revive the manufacturing sector in Nigeria.