10 goals Nigeria must set herself of achieving over the next 60 years

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Building an economy that is at least worth $2trn, placing her among the top six economies globally as her population dictates.

Establishing an automobile brand that is synonymous with the country like say Volvo and Sweden, Fiat and Italy, Toyota and Japan, Lada and Russia, Citroen and France, Daewoo and South Korea or Proton and Malaysia.

Leveraging on the fact that she has 853km of Atlantic coastline and becoming a maritime power. This means getting a thriving shipbuilding industry up and running.

Exploiting the fact that she is the world’s largest black nation with about 20% of Africa’s population. We travel more than any other black people so should have one of the busiest national airlines that dominates the African market.

To have an effective aviation industry, you simply have to manufacture your aircraft locally. Brazil has a national aircraft manufacturer in Embraer, so Nigeria has to follow suit.

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Any nation that is serious about its security has to be self-reliant when it comes to armament production. Every Nigerian should find it hugely embarrassing that we have to go and purchase assault rifles, battle tanks, attack helicopters, armoured personnel carriers, military trucks, etc on the open market to fight Boko Haram.

Lagos is the largest city in the world without an underground metro. This again should be a huge source of embarrassment to 200m Nigerians. Over the next 60 years, we should have a policy of building a metro in any city with a population in excess of 1m people.

By 2080, every single one of our 774 local governments must be linked into a national rail network, must have its own micro power distribution grid and should be self-reliant in terms of revenue generation.

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West Africa has too many nation-states, many of which are simply not economically viable. When I look at how Garibaldi masterminded the unification of Italy and how Bismarck masterminded the unification of Germany, I look forward to a Nigerian hero masterminding the unification of West Africa. Build a global economic giant that will rival the likes of China and India with their populations that are in excess of 1bn people.

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By 2080, Nigeria has to become the global research centre for tropical diseases, offering unparalleled access to treatment for ailments like malaria, yellow fever, ebola, polio, etc. If anyone in the world needs treatment for any of these diseases, Nigeria should be the place to come.

We are 60 now, so this will be my last 10-pointer. As Karl Marx once said: “Philosophers have interpreted the world, the point now is to change it.” I believe I have given Nigerians enough to chew on over the next 60 years.

We will be debating some of these issues at the Nigeria Independence Annual Day Lecture today on Yanga TV. Please tune in to Sky Channel 186, Freeview 264 or Freesat 171 to join us.

Written by Ayo Akinfe

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Ayo Akinfe, born in Salford, Manchester, is a London-based journalist who has worked as a magazine and newspaper editor for the last 20 years. Ayo attended Federal Government College Kaduna and obtained his first degree in history from the University of Ibadan.

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The Boutique Hotel Under Gudou Holdings Co., Ltd. Further Expands to Panyu District, Guangzhou— Guangzhou Gudou Quanfeng Residence Officially Opens on 10 February 2021

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 25 February 2021 - Gudou Holdings Limited ("Gudou Holdings" or "Company", which together with its subsidiaries, is referred to as the "Group", SEHK stock code: 8308), is pleased to announce that Guangzhou Gudou Quanfeng Residence, the Group's first boutique hotel project in Panyu District, Guangzhou City, has officially opened on 10 February 2021.

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Guangzhou Gudou Quanfeng Residence is conveniently located in the Hills Ecool Creative Park in Panyu, which occupies a total site area of​​340,000 square meters at the southern tip of Panyu District. The hotel is easily accessible by a developed network of roads around the Hills, including South China Expressway, Xinguang Express, Nansha Port Express and other highways. Therefore, it is easy to travel from the hotel to Zhujiang New Town in Guangzhou, and thus elsewhere in the Pearl River Delta. It takes five minutes to reach the Chimelong Paradise, and the Blessing Colorful World within easy reach. The Clifford Station on Metro Line 21 will also be opened in 2021 and it is only an about 10-minute walk from the hotel. In the Panyu Golden Valley Eko Creative Park, a head office for environmental operation of business and a district for shopping and leisure will be built. Such plan has earned the park a reputation as "China's Number One Low-Carbon Community". The rising occupancy rates of the office buildings in Panyu will also mean an increase in business travelers who, in turn, can drive up the occupancy rates of the hotel and the spending there.

There are many well-known tourist attractions near Guangzhou Gudou Quanfeng Residence, including Chimelong Paradise, Blessing Colorful World, Dafu Mountain Forest Park, Lianhua Mountain Tourist Area, Shawan Ancient Town and IKEA Store, which is popular with young people. The Evergrande Football Stadium, which can seat 100,000 spectators, is also expected to be completed in 2022 and will be able to accommodate tourists who stay in Guangzhou for two days and one night.

Mr. HON Chi Ming, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Group, said, "The Group is very satisfied and encouraged by the opening of the Guangzhou Gudou Quanfeng Residence. The hotel is conveniently located in an area where there are comprehensive facilities. Therefore, the area is expected to attract a large number of tourists. Since the apartment hotel has already been renovated and equipped with upgraded facilities and soft furnishings, not much more capital will be required for putting the hotel in operation in a short time. This means cost-effectiveness at the hotel and can quickly responding to the trend of tourism recovery. Looking ahead, tourism property development will remain the focus of the Group's business development. Specifically, we will actively expand our tourism property business in Guangdong Province, provide more quality services to meet customer needs, and increase investors' awareness of Gudou Holdings' brand. All this is aimed at creating better returns."

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Gudou Holdings is a hot spring resort and hotel operator and a tourism property developer in the People's Republic of China ("PRC"). It principally engages in (i) the operation and management of the hot spring resort and hotel facilities of Gudou Hot Spring Resort, which is a national AAAA-level tourist area, and provision of consultancy and/or management services; and (ii) the development and sale of tourism properties in Guangdong Province. The "Gudou" brand is a well-known brand of integrated hot spring resort in the PRC. Gudou Holdings operates six theme hotels, among which Royal SPA Hotel was rated as a five-star hot spring by the National Hot Spring Tourism Enterprise Star Rating Committee in 2020. The resort complexes with a variety of leisure and recreational facilities, including hot spring facilities, hotels, commercial stores, food and beverages outlets, recreational waterpark, a spa centre, a conference centre, parks, tourist attractions and other ancillary leisure and recreational facilities. The Group's newly established Guangdong Gudou Quanfeng Cultural Tourism Development Co., Ltd. has further expanded its presence to Guangzhou with the official opening of Guangzhou Gudou Quanfeng Residence on 10 February 2021, marking the latest headway following the official operation commencement of Gudou Spring Superior Hotel, located in the center of Jiangmen on 15 January 2021.

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