Prof. Suleiman Elias Bogoro
(Professor of Animal Science, Department of Animal Production, Faculty of Agriculture/Agric Technology, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi, Nigeria)
Being the Keynote Address delivered at the inauguration and inaugural meeting of the Council of the Think Tank of University of Ibadan Research Foundation, Wednesday April 18th
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Why interrogate “Knowledge Economy” and its nexus with “Our Common Future” at the University of Ibadan Research Foundation (UIRF)?:
- The inescapable imperative of Knowledge Economy (KE) as the driving force of our civilization –
This is a statement of fact as encapsulated in the follow-up elucidation on the sub-section below titled “Perspectives of Knowledge Economy (KE) in Content and Context ”.
- The role of intangible capital in driving and shaping Our Common Future-
It is an indisputable fact that knowledge and intellectualism know no boundaries, whether they be that of creed, colour, race, faith, geography, weather, social status or politics. This is why a billionaire , President, General or Senator could give birth to an academically average child who will have to be taught by a first class son of a brick layer. Same manner, a black child could top a class in a medical school where all the rest of the students are American, Japanese German or British whites. For a typical Nigerian scenario, it happens always that a parent cannot dictate whether the physics, Maths or Computer Science teacher of his/her child in school has to come from their ethnic group or faith. This is because God who created us, endowed us with limitless potentials and capacities. The differences between us are partly due to genetic endowments and environmental factors like opportunity, parental economic status and management, nutrition, standard of the school and teacher, and whether there are inhibition factors like conflicts and the like . Granted equal opportunities, and if each of the various geopolitical zones, states, ethnic groups and local communities invest in knowledge acquisition, we shall discover that at the common market of knowledge, we need each other to complement ourselves and make up for the deficiencies of our places of origin.
Below is presented an illustration of the surging importance of KE in the context of intangible and tangible asset value in the last nearly three decades.