World Creativity and Innovation Day: Indigenous Ingenuity Has Not Been Properly Harnessed – Abia Royal Father
A two time member of the Abia State Traditional Rulers Council, Eze Cyril Ogbenna has said that Nigeria through its policies and programmes has not practically encouraged creativity and innovation.
Eze Ogbenna who spoke to our correspondent during the recently celebrated World Creativity and Innovation Day in his palace in Uzi-Amizi autonomous community, Olokoro clan in Umuahia South L.G.A, of Abia State maintained that it is only when the country will have a technically and technologically inclined person as a leader, that the indigenous ingenuity would be properly cherished, valued and harnessed.
Recall that World Creativity and Innovation Day is observed every year on April 21 to emphasize the role of creativity and innovation in different aspects of human development. The main goal behind the celebration of this day is to encourage people to promote multidisciplinary thinking both at individual and group levels.
He decried that the attention of most promising youths have been shifted, misdirected and misguided by desperate politicians who instead of encouraging them to embrace one skill or the other, empower them with tricycles, motorcycles and other materials with short lifespan.
Eze Ogbenna who recalled with nostalgia the exploits he established through his firm – CY Metal Construction, as the number one fabricator at the Family Economic Advancement Programme, FEAP, Federal Ministry of Industry and Technology’s Raw Material Research And Development Council, RMRDC, lamented that no youth is readily available for the impartation on the knowledge.
“My worry is that should Nigeria join the rest of world to celebrate World Creativity and Innovation Day when our leaders are yet to take into consideration what the commoners are earnestly yearning for. What are the visible practical steps taken by our leaders to encourage the artisans, skills acquisition, entrepreneurship and Small and Medium Scale Enterprises?, Eze Ogbenna queried.
The Abia Royal father renewed his call for the resuscitation of Abia Tools (former Imo Tools) located in Umuahia for the good use of interested Abia youths.