In a visit to Minister of Finance Kemi Adeosun in late June, Emmanuel Nnadozie, the executive director of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), says, Nigeria’s problem, like much of Africa is building capacity it needs to develop.
In interview with journalist from local newspaper, Nnadozie explains that, ‘Just like many others, the country is facing capacity challenges, especially implementation capacity – that is, to be able to implement all these good strategies and plans so that you get results on the ground: higher employment for young people and high levels of economic growth, reduction in poverty and transformation of the economy.’
He identifies three dimensions of capacity that are important. According to him:
‘One is human capacity, that is the skills and expertise that people should have for them to use what they have to achieve their objectives…
‘Number two is institutional capacity. Part of it is about organisations, whether they are ministries, parastatals, private sector or civil society organisations, for them to operate effectively….
‘The third capacity we pay attention to is the soft capacity. The name soft might be misleading but for us it is very, very important. That’s the most significant capacity challenge. It ranges from anything like leadership, mindset, attitude, values, spirit of solidarity.’
He assured that, ‘We want to be able to promote these kind of things, create platforms, mechanisms and programmes to really build these types of capacities.’
Mr Nnadozie also says Africa has failed woefully in human capacity building, ‘because for a long period of time many African countries spent so much energy based on advice given to them by outsiders on primary education, forgetting that that’s not sufficient. He explains that, ‘It is important, but you cannot develop with primary education alone.’
According to him, examples of African countries that are doing well and have been supported by ACBF are, ‘Rwanda, the Seychelles, Mauritius, Ethiopia, Tanzania.’
He cites that, ‘Ethiopia gradually has stopped exporting raw hides; they are now turning their hides into leather products, finished goods, shoes that are sold in designer markets in New York.’