Monday, August 30, 2021

OP-ED: Nok University, Silicon Valley & The Emancipation Of The Southern Kaduna Region, By Vayan Joseph

The presence of NOK UNIVERSITY is significant to the emancipation of the Southern Kaduna region and its people as it will serve as a base for creating a flourishing economy and make The Southern Kaduna region to be known worldwide as a hot bed for INNOVATION & HIGH VALUE COMPANIES just as STANFORD UNIVERSITY and it's leadership was especially important in SILICON VALLEY'S early development...

A little about SILICON VALLEY...

Silicon Valley is a region in the southern part of the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California, USA that serves as a global center for high technology and innovation. The area is now home to many of the world's largest high-tech corporations, including the headquarters of more than 30 businesses in the Fortune 1000, and thousands of startup companies. It was in Silicon Valley that the silicon-based integrated circuit, the microprocessor, and the microcomputer, among other technologies, were developed. As of 2013, the region employed about a quarter of a million information technology workers. Many headquarters of tech companies in Silicon Valley have become hotspots for tourism and Stanford University, its affiliates, and graduates have played a major role in the development of this area...

Frederick Terman is widely credited as the FATHER OF SILICON VALLEY and the question is: Can Chief Anthony Hassan be the Frederick Terman of Southern Kaduna? 

Who is FREDERICK TERMAN?

Silicon Valley grew up in the area between San Jose, California, and San Francisco as a result of Frederick Terman, the legendary dean of Stanford engineering school during the 1940s and 1950s. He created the tradition of Stanford faculty starting their own companies. A number of companies we still reference came out of Stanford during those years, especially Hewlett Packard and Varian Associates.

He encouraged his students to form their own companies and personally invested in many of them, resulting in firms such as Litton Industries, Varian Associates, and Hewlett-Packard

In 1951 he spearheaded the creation of Stanford Industrial Park (now Stanford Research Park), whereby the University leased portions of its land to high-tech firms. Companies such as Varian Associates, Hewlett-Packard, Eastman Kodak, General Electric, and Lockheed Corporation moved into Stanford Industrial Park and made the mid-Peninsula area into an innovation hub which eventually became known as Silicon Valley.

The leadership of NOK UNIVERSITY can follow the blue prints of Frederick Terman and Stanford University and turn SOUTHERN KADUNA into one of the top research and development centres in the world...

Setting a high standard for Nok University will lead to a constant flow of talented minds and new entrepreneurs with innovative ideas to bring about development in Southern Kaduna and by extension, it's surrounding regions. The University should build RESEARCH LABS for innovative minds and companies to lease and carry out research. They should source funding that will be largely used in funding researches also. Sports, Media & Entertainment centres should be built for rigorous recruitments of Youths with exceptional abilities for export. Strict disciplinary codes should be set for Lecturers that will be employed to lecture at the Univeristy. One of the blessings of Southern Kaduna is AGRICULTURE and as such, NOK University needs to create an agricultural hub that will carry out research and come up with solutions to the heavy losses we suffer in our agricultural produce yearly... 

NOK UNIVERSITY is important to our emancipation so therefore it needs to eliminate mediocrity and maintain high standard as what will result is a steady stream of well-trained engineers, business people, marketers, researchers, leaders and a vibrant venture capital community; This can make the Southern Kaduna region unique because it will rise up to be a junction point for academia, the private sector, and even the government...

It is said that a very powerful sense of regional solidarity accompanied the rise of Silicon Valley. From the 1890s, Stanford University's leaders saw its mission as service to the (American) West and shaped the school accordingly. NOK UNIVERSITY should also see itself as a regional solidarity to the SOUTHERN KADUNA REGION and by extension the MIDDLE BELT.. 

Lets not forget that for decades, the Southern Kaduna people have faced heavy academic oppression by the institution known as ABU (Ahmafu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State). One of our own Prof Jonathan Nok (RIP) was refused the post of Vice Chancellor in ABU despite scoring highest in Exams and meeting all requirement - The Only requirement he didn't meet was that he wasn't Hausa/Fulani nor a Muslim. NOK must protect our interest and we as a people need to protect NOK UNIVERSITY at all cost. The Political Affiliation of Anthony Hassan does not come into play here as this is beyond that...

Silicon Valley is often used as a SYNECDOCHE for the American high-technology economic sectors and is credited for establishing a culture of entrepreneurship, which is really a culture of resilience, that culture can be established in Southern Kaduna using NOK UNIVERSITY as a base...

One unique feature about the university is its name - NOK; NOK CIVILISATION is the oldest civilisation in Sub-Saharan Africa. They were advanced and sophisticated - what are we doing? 
WE RISE OR WE DIE.

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