Dr. Sheila Ochugboju, Chief Communications Officer, ACET
By Adelere Ajayi
The Chief Communications Officer at African Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET), Dr. Sheila Ochugboju, has stressed the need for policy makers in Nigeria and other African countries to initiate policies that would bring about rapid development of the continent.
Ochugboju, who spoke at a media briefing organised by the Africa Future Roundtable in Lagos at the weekend, disclosed that the group would hold a two-day conference expected to commence on December 3 (today).
She explained: “We are trying to engage in a conversation about developing vision for the future, building scenario and planning towards a better future. We believe the media is very important in that conversation. We have to tell our story which is very important when you are moving towards the journey for the future.”
“We need to map the future for Africa. We know Nigeria should be better and can be better. Many countries are finding new resources and country like Nigeria is learning to manage the resources that they already have.”
He expressed regret over the high unemployment rate in Nigeria and other African countries.
On his part, Mr. Diego Okenyodo of the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) said the event is focused on ways to develop the continent.
“Generally, people are looking for what they can get for the present not thinking about the tomorrow and many years’ time. If we send our children abroad for education, they will still come back into a generally deprived population. So how would these children cope?
“The problems we have in Nigeria are not caused by just the government. Therefore, solutions for those problems have to come collectively. We expect at the end of this conference to actualise the dreams,” he added.