May 4th, 2011
President Jonathan plans to use more than ‘
government-help-only’, to pursue various avenues for
development in education, healthcare, road care, electricity
and other areas in order to build a very strong national
enterprise and economic foundation for our emerging
Recently, the President showed everyone that in any area of
national development, as in university development a quicker
realization of a project is more of a possibility with the
aid of the government and private sponsorship.
He successfully urged individuals and corporate entities to
support the new federal university in Otuoke, in the State
of Bayelsa, an idea that is beneath what could be called
mutual or communal capitalism.
It is true that some existing public institutions like
universities are in a state of deteriorating condition,
partly because a typical Nigerian university is stubbornly
and helplessly dependent on the government for ‘everything’.
President Jonathan’s recent steps with the new Otuoke
University as it relates to a recent fund raising from
various individual and corporate donors, should serve as a
firsthand model for public or government related
Now, there is no reason why the leadership of a public
university cannot aggressively sort out successful
individuals, business moguls, corporate presidents, wealthy
chieftains, and rich families to help develop or replace
that rotten classrooms, hostel, library , cafeteria, or
laboratory in a university environment.
On a psychological and social level, naming a public entity
or element after or during the life of the wealthy is
idealizing to the wealthy!
Our institutional leaders like those in the higher
institutions should make it a tradition to name a campus or
any of its specialized colleges after past or living wealthy
persons who are privately, sometimes worried about the
quality of their legacy.
For example, a struggling Nigerian State government and its
leadership should learn to strategies transformational plans
by learning to partner with a more wealthier State
government, as such, joint venture could reduce
over-dependence on the federal government.
Partnership whether it is with an individual, corporation or
international body has been known to help boost various
types of development. It is especially essential that public
entities like public universities show businesses the
necessity to serve the needy such as university students. It
is essential to make this form of Nigerian development or
agenda, in regards to educational growth a part of their
mission and in the same vein governmental bodies need to see
private corporations as potential partners for our
It is also time that public entities like universities start
buying into the idea of reaching out to the global markets ,
the technologically driven economy especially and partner
with essential segments like pharmaceutical companies,
energy companies, telephone companies, banking corporations,
and healthcare corporations.
It is expected that in any potential partnership as it
relates to creating mutual capitalism there is bound to be
skeptics, as such it is very vital that for leaders who want
success and want to overcome that bad image known about
Nigeria, begin to maintain a fairly high standard of
morality and ethics.
As we enter a new and newer Nigeria the most enthusiastic
public entities, leaders or universities should begin to
gravitate into a state of the positive environment and
practice. And for those public institutions that remain
pro-government as it relates to dependency, they will
continue to fall behind, struggle to catch up and face
abandonment as the people will gradually run away from them
and the government machinery will as usual not deliver fully
like private corporations and leaders.
The National Assembly or Legislature could pass laws stating
that those public agencies and international corporations
that strive to help ordinary people or needy public entities
should look forward to various types of graces and tax
breaks since genuine benefits to all is all that counts.
Today’s Nigeria means business and that constitutes a spirit
John Egbeazien Oshodi, Ph.D., DABPS; FACFE; is a Licensed
Clinical/Forensic Psychologist; Diplomate of American Board
of Psychological Specialties; Fellow of American College of
Forensic Examiners (For Psy); Former Interim Associate Dean
and an Assistant Professor of Psychology, Broward College -
North Campus, Coconut Creek, Florida.