There are uncomfortable truths we should tell ourselves and here are a few:
1. No govt across the three tiers is interested in talent management and human capacity development;
2. Our infrastructure development model is framed to line pockets;
3. Poverty of ideas is our bane
Last week, Gov Wike was attacked, and rightly too, for gifting public fund to a performing artiste and his gang of revellers for an award that has drawn global and local accolades to him and his craft. Wike's gift highlights the hollowness of our governance approach
In a country like Nigeria, talents are bound to break out; but the number that breaks out in trickles depends largely on the capacities of individuals than on the institutional supports of states' governance structures. Here lies our tragedy.
Governments do not create talents; but what they do is create the environment for talents to be discovered, nurtured and supported. It is the institutional framework for discovery, nurture and support that helps to expand talent pool. They don't throw money at finished products
If you ask Gov Wike and his supporters who are clapping back with "na una money" his policy on talent management and human capacity development, the response would likely be silence.
We need to ask the question still and shock them with examples from elsewhere
Governments everywhere recognise the imperative of optimizing their internal efficiencies and the efficiences of sectors external to them. It is for this reason many governments are implementing carefully thought out policies and schemes on talent management
Government cannot manage talents external to it without first nurturing and managing talents within itself. Go to the UK and see what the government is doing by first optimizing talents inside government. Then, look beyond government and see what it is doing to optimize talents
Outside government. You don't need to travel to London, just google and search for civil service talent management. Also search for the Office for Talent (OfT) created last year that operates from inside Downing Street. Let's shock you.
From 2023/2024 the OfT is expected to have a funding stream that will rise to £22b. This is aside £280m for R&D and £300m for upgrading research institutions. Country where leaders think about the future. Not here.
Let us shock you the more. Under the scheme, people coming to do PhD in the UK will be allowed to work for up to three years after their studies.
Isn't this a scheme that will poach our very best? Right.
Flip the coin. Our civil service is peopled by dead woods. Stagnant.
But our leaders say we need bridges and flyovers. Some are building death traps they call bridges. Go to Awka. Or bridges that create more traffic jams. Go to Awka as well.
There are no hospitals or research institutions. No cultural centres or arts councils to harness talents
This is the type of development model our leaders are promoting. The boast is simply this: my bridge is bigger than yours.
Airport is the new fad. Well done, Governors Airports.
Talent management and human capital investments have no corruption returns. Bridges do.
Folks, we have a fundamental problem that will live with us for a long time: poverty of ideas. We aren't thinking, so we suffer from this poverty, which also pervades our exchanges on these streets.

Gbegiri, Ofe Nsala and Tuwo ideas won't grow our country
Good morning from the sanctum sanctorum of the shrine.

May the gods protect you all, folks.


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