Developing Indigenous Technology for Harnessing Local Natural Resources in Nigeria: The Place of Technical Vocational Education and Training

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Author(s) Anthony Osinachi Okorafor
Pages 461-466
Volume 3
Issue 8
Date August, 2014
Keywords Indigenous Technology, Natural Resources, Developing, Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET), Technology Transfer

Nigeria is endowed with a huge and vast array of natural resources such as petroleum and natural gas, solid minerals, agro materials, forest and wild life species and extensive water bodies. With the abundance of natural resources in Nigeria, one would expect the country to rank among the richest and developed nations but the irony is the country is hosting the third largest number of poor people in the world after China and India. This is a clear indication that great nations are not made by the abundance of resources inherent in them, rather by the availability of the pool of knowledge adequately applied in delivering goods, processes and services. The country lacks the knowledge (human potential) that can translate its local natural resources to economic wealth. The country spends a huge amount of money importing back finished products of its local resources that were exported, due to inability to process them for utility. If this trend is not checked, the future is not secured. It therefore becomes very necessary to develop/enhance the country’s indigenous technology for proper harnessing of the local natural resources. This will reduce waste and ensure sustainable future of the country; because ‘he that knows not diamond will certainly use it as a pebble to hunt birds’. It is the view of this paper that enhancing indigenous technology will create vast opportunity and potentials to adequately harness the local resource in a manner that will sustain the future. Also the paper is of the view that Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) has the master key to unlock the door to indigenous technology.

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