By:Rakiya Garba Karaye, Maiduguri
President Muhammadu Buhari has set out priorities on how Africa can achieve full industrialization by the year 2030.
They include a recommendation to African leaders to tailor their educational system and academic curricular towards Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
In his National Statement on Friday in Niamey, the capital of Niger Republic, at the AU Summit on Industrialisation and Economic Diversification in Africa.
The President emphasised that STEM is the ”short way” to produce the next generation of managers of an industrialised Africa not dependent on expatriates.
The President urged leaders in the continent to solve the problem of generating cheap and clean energy, saying ”it is no secret that we cannot industrialize the continent, if we do not solve the problem of generating cheap and clean energy.”
President Buhari also told the AU summit that the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement will give impetus to the continent’s quest for an industrial revolution.