Remarkable Entrepreneur and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Caesar Engineering and Construction Limited Dr. Caesar Osaheni Iyayi has completed work on his much-awaited book titled ‘The ABC of How to Industrialise Nigeria’
The public presentation of the 390 paged book, which will most likely take place in Abuja is being planned for the first quarter of 2022.
Dr. Caesar Osaheni Iyayi is the eldest son of the renowned Entrepreneur, Industrialist, Business Mogul and Philanthropist, Dr. Iyayi Efianayi, MFR of blessed memory. He is passionate about the emancipation of Nigeria, Africa and the Black Race through industrialisation.
Dr. Iyayi believes that an industrialised Nigeria, manufacturing her goods in Nigeria by Nigerians, should be the concern of all, for the survival of the Black Race. He is convinced that industrialisation is the only way to create wealth, employment and development.
The painstakingly researched, solution focused and innovative book is a treasure trove as a single document to understand the country’s crucial development profile and fundamentals.
Covering almost all the aspects of what Nigeria’s priorities should be, the book is uniquely rich and deserves a wide readership and long shelf-life.
‘The ABC of How to Industrialise Nigeria’ is also important as a development history of the country. It brings to a Sitting President and Governors, a step-by-step method on how the Federal and State Governments can mobilise the Nigerian indigenous private sector to industrialise the country.
According to the author, “We must take urgent steps to transform Nigeria from an agrarian society to a manufacturing economy. There is no alternative. It is bend or break. If we fail to industrialise, we will never be able to defend ourselves and shall therefore be at the mercy of foreign powers that dealt ruthlessly with our forefathers. If we fail to industrialise, then we are doomed to suffer another wave of slavery or extinction on African soil”
While emphasising the pivotal role that Nigerians must play in transforming the country to an industrialised economy, the author powerfully stated in the book that ‘there is no country in the world that was industrialised by foreigners’.
“It took the sweat, determination, sacrifice and investment of citizens to industrialise the United States of America, Britain, Japan, Germany and other developed economies in the world. Moving forward, this is the time for the Federal and State Governments to start looking inward”.
“We must not deceive ourselves; our people do not have a culture of manufacturing. All our efforts up till now were directed to importation and trading. In this regard, therefore, we must put a premium on employing competent expatriates to execute specialised technical aspects of the manufacturing process. With the passage of time, Nigerians will eventually acquire the necessary skills that are required for specific applications. This will indeed usher in a new dawn because, the expatriates will serve as employees to Nigerian owned companies”, he said.
In the words of Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, the Esama of Benin Kingdom who wrote the foreword, “If we ever needed a manual to drive effective change in Nigeria today, Dr Caesar Osaheni Iyayi has just delivered one into our very hands. From his detailed assessment of our problems as a country, down to his proffered solutions; it does not take a genius to understand that the power to drive industrial change lies within the shores of our beautiful country. This is a must read for everyone”.
Continuing, Chief Igbinedion said ”industrialisation is understood purely in economic terms as the physical presence of industrial plants that are involved in manufacturing capital goods. It is the only sure way to economic growth and development and Nigeria since independence through various Governments have adopted several policies, incentives and schemes to promote industrialisation and they woefully failed. It is against this background therefore that the way forward postulated in this book should be read and implemented by the Sitting President, all the Governors of the 36 States, the Minister of the Federal Territory Abuja, all members of the National and State Assemblies, all Vice-Chancellors and lecturers in all our tertiary institutions in Nigeria, organised labour and the general public.