|Reading the story below, I applauded the honourable minister for pointing out the obvious, annoying but true.
Indeed, if we sleep and drink and party less then we will be able to build up more industry and development without external assistance (read foreign aid) and therefore be able to sleep, drink and party more.
Simple. The kind of stuff your parents kept telling you as a child to make you do your homework instead of watching TV. Forget the fact that you now have a boss who gives you homework or a wife who is homework and still can’t watch any TV.
But then I got to the sentence in the story that read, “…We spend a lot of time organising weddings and funerals instead of making money,” he said at a cocktail to mark the Africa Industrialisation Day at the Uganda Industrial Research Institute (UIRI) in Nakawa, Kampala…”
We can build industries without outside help, says Gaggawala
|Tuesday, 25th November, 2008||
By Ben Okiror
UGANDANS can build industries without external assistance if they reduce the hours of sleep and entertainment, the trade state minister, Eng. Nelson Gaggawala Wambuzi, has observed.
He said that unlike other countries where people work for between 16 and 18 hours, in Africa, most time is spent sleeping and producing children.
“The greatest amount of time on radio and television is used for politicking and entertainment.” “In some countries like Israel, people used to work for 18 hours without food but we, Africans, think others owe us a living,” Gaggawala said.
“We spend a lot of time organising weddings and funerals instead of making money,” he said at a cocktail to mark the Africa Industrialisation Day at the Uganda Industrial Research Institute (UIRI) in Nakawa, Kampala.
Gaggawala said Africa, the largest continent with about 800 million people and the biggest quantity of raw materials, contributes only 1% to global manufacturing.
Since industrialisation can also lead to economic transformation in Africa.