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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday said the concept of national development must ensure the advancement of human human life.
Obasanjo who spoke at the 2019 Synod of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Oleh, Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta, said national development should no longer be measured by economic growth alone.
Obasanjo who spoke on the topic, “Mobilising Nigeria’s Human and Natural Resources for National Development and Stability” said, “Until the last two or three decades of the last century (especially while the Cold War was still on), when nations talked about national development, the emphasis was more on the growth of the economy (or economic growth as measured by GDP per capita), that is infrastructure, industrial output and growth, etc.”
Obasanjo added that “except for the western nations perhaps, very rarely did the welfare and well-being of the individual citizen come into reckoning.”
“In fact, in some jurisdictions, the citizens themselves counted more as means of production, which explains the historical listing of population as one of the elements of national power. Human beings were expendable commodities in the quest for greatness – that can be reduced to a single dimension as economic creatures.
“Hence, GDP growth matters more than the welfare and well-being of the people.
“However, following the collapse of the former Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War in 1990, there emerged a changed notion of the concept of development which now holds that people must be at the centre of all development: in other words, the central focus of all development efforts (or national development) must be to ensure the advancement of human flourishing and expanding the richness of human life,” Obasanjo said.
Obasanjo added that according to this new thinking, the end point of… Read More...