Olokoro Professionals have been challenged to make innovation and advancement of technology part of their culture and called for the establishment of a polytechnic in Olokoro, a community in Umuahia.
The resource person and traditional ruler of Amangwo-Olokoro autonomous community, Umuahia South L.G.A, of Abia state, HRH Eze Dr. Chris. N. Onyegbule made the challenge during the maiden conference of Olokoro Professionals’ Forum (OPF) worldwide, last week, held with the theme ‘Olokoro in the 21st century: Prospects and Challenges in Development and Empowerment.’
Presenting a paper on the theme at Olokoro civic hall, Eze Dr. Onyegbule said with the favoured topography of Olokoro, the people should think about development of clusters of small scale industries, adding that in the face of a competitive and technology driven 21st century, the people of Olokoro need to engage in serious strategic planning (at least for a period of five years) with a view to determining where they want to be in the future and develop benchmarks.
The royal father said in order not to lag behind in the world that is now very competitive, the community needs to go for qualitative and motivational leadership at all levels of the clan, adding that such leaders must undergo regular training to ensure effectiveness.
Interacting with newsmen shortly after the event, the OPF coordinator, Don Ndubuka said the forum is about moulding the future of Olokoro by connecting people, ideas and resources and to cater for the welfare of members, inspire the people to be best they can be in the clan.
He said the theme of the conference is apt and timely as it will encourage Olokoro people to know where they should be in the 21st century. “The conference has achieved its goal because the message has been delivered, the people will now take the message home, that our people should respond to the modern trend of life that is visible in the 21st century”.
The coordinator advised Olokoro youths to be innovative in what they are doing.
“For instance, a young man whose parents happened to be traders should try to understand how his parents were able to make it through trading and were able to pay their school fees through trading. So, if your mother or father is a trader and you are an engineer and there is no engineering job for you, what do you do? You buy into the trading your father is into and that is what we call comparative advantage. Instead of carrying your certificate, going around the town, looking for job, there is already developed business in the system for you. That is the advice we are set to give them”, Don Ndubuka pointed out.
The maiden conference attracted notable scholars and professionals from Olokoro clan.