Daily Trust (Abuja)

5 January 2013

Nigeria: CNN Anchor Urges Nigerian Leaders to Invest in Education ... Airtel Introduces New Number Range

Lagos — CNN anchor Dr. Fareed Zakaria has called on Nigerian leaders to take charge of the country's future by investing in the educational sector to provide quality foundational education for children.

Zakaria who spoke on the theme, Africa's Political Economy: The Challenge of Leadership at the Airtel Night of Influence provided insights and analyses of African and Nigerian political economy for the distinguished audience of high net worth persons at the event at the Zinnia Hall of Eko Hotel & Suites.

The renowned journalist, international author and host of the popular Fareed Zakaria's GPS on CNN, observed that a focused investment in human capital development and building strong institutions to safe-guard society from human failings are important requirements for lifting developing nations out of the lowest levels of economic growth.

The cerebral TV anchorman also advised that rather than "subsidizing the present or buying votes, leaders should invest in education, invest in Infrastructure, invest in healthcare and invest in the future."

Citing Taiwan and South Korea, he further observed that although these countries do not have natural resources, they have emerged strong economies with impressive GDP growth rates because of their efforts in developing human capital and building strong institutions.

He also noted that the United States of America currently exports human capital in Liquefied Natural Gas and other areas because the country had invested in research, training and development in those areas.

Meanwhile, Airtel Nigeria has unveiled its new number range '0701'.

Guests at the symbolic presentation at the Airtel Night of Influence, in Lagos, guests were offered a special privilege to reserve their preferred numbers in the 0701 series. Numbers allocated to customers will become fully active as soon as Airtel finalizes arrangement to start the implementation of the new number range.

Airtel number scheme previously included 0802, 0808, 0708 and 0812. Airtel's Chairman, Oba Otudeko said during the event that the network has capacity to double its existing 22 million subscribers.

He said Airtel made additional 5.5million subscribers in less than two years and its growing rapidly as it reaps the gains from its trend setting and revolutionary approach to empowering telecoms consumers.

The Airtel Night of Influence is a high-octane networking platform provided by Airtel for interaction and discourse the Nigerian and African political economy.

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