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THE CHRYSANTHUS CENTRE FOR FUTURE-ORIENTED STUDIES

 

Dr Chrysanthus Chukwuma Sr The Centre for Future-Oriented Studies, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, Nigeria, West Africa

WHERE YOUR TREASURE IS, THERE YOUR HEART WILL BE." MATTHEW 6:21"

The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wildernesss will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. Isaiah 35:1,2.

The Centre for Future-Oriented Studies is principally for research and consultancy serving the whole nation with intent to inform the entire West African sub-region. Co-operation with both the domestic and international communities to collate information concerning Nigeria and the West African region is pertinent.

The principles and objectives of the Centre include the study, elucidation, and advancement of present and future generations of Nigeria and the West African sub-region with a global outlook regarding the demands of increasing populations, health, economic and environmental perturbations as well as issues dealing with environmental-friendly operations, floods, erosions, housing, derelict mines, etc. Other presenting factors are problems of waste disposal, pollution, poor environmental standards and practices of production in the minerals, chemical, steel, asbestos and textile industries; cultural factors related to the distribution of parasitoses which include customs, traditions, and habits, as well as other anthropogenic activities, such as agricultural practices and the construction of irrigation systems to improve agricultural areas as well as dam construction for artificial irrigation and/or for energy supply. Pertinent cultural factors include intercultural diversity, as well as domestic, global and environmental injustice, ethnic bias, xenophobia, discrimination, bigotry, racism, including preservation of endangered or threatened cultures, different eating habits, prehistoric, historic, and prevailing migratory habits of Man, and several other factors which mitigate or develop the well-being of Man.

The conditions in which businesses are carried out in Nigeria have changed in many patterns in recent years, and these changes have created new research and consultancy needs. The structural adjustment programme, recession, high unemplyment rates and the adverse domestic economy, the international membership and internalization strategy of Nigeria, as well as the viewpoint of the client in the development of social and welfare services, as well as new trends in our society and culture call for optimum management of a national research and consultancy unit.

However, research and consultancy must not be exclusively focused on change; there are several research and consultancy points of relevant importance. These topical issues include the quality of services, social problems, the environment, health, and industrial production, and global climatic change as well as women's and children's health, as well as gender empowerment. A feature of recent domestic and global research and consultancy is that studies focusing on weak signals currently occupy a space alongside statistical analyses describing strong trends.

Global research activities and collaborations have become effective and increased via internet and electronic communication. These will be promoted at the Centre to find solutions to societal problems associated with global population, food production, and the sustainable use of resources as well as the prevention and reduction of poverty, disease and hunger. The Centre will try to make research and consultancy breakthroughs which have made certain parts of the world the most advanced in human history. These occurrences may make the economy more competitive, create numerous jobs and job opportunities, and undergird overall standard of living in the West African sub-region. The primary aim of the Centre is to work with others both domestically and globally for the provision of scientific understanding and technologies necessary for the support of sound administrative, informative, planning and management as well as the conservation of the nation's resources, improvement of health, maintenance and sustenance of economic and environmental policy. The Centre intends to provide sound research and consultancy services in order that those in the position to make decisions about health, environmental policy and natural resources can do so with the confidence that informed decisions are being made.

The role of the Centre is to work alongside other public and private sectors to respond to their necessities for specific data and technologies. The workers of the Centre take the utmost pride in the objectivity of their mission. The procedures and functions of the Centre will definitely give social, scientific and technological preeminence as a vision for the leaders of Nigeria and the West African subregion. The Centre's main research and consultancy foci will be:

  1. prevention of the generation of obstacles to future regenerative repair of health, environmental and natural resources;

  2. identification of the patterns and possible temporal cascades of the various factors needed to achieve long-term regeneration of our environment and development;

  3. development of non-parliamentary deliberative processes involving experts and non-experts in defining guiding principles, evaluation and assessment of both micro- and macro-policies;

  4. limiting or preventing intrinsic mechanisms that are inhibitory to sustainable growth in Nigeria and the West African sub-region.

In addition to these four main foci, the Centre will support a complementary programme that addresses the obstacles which prevent sound assessments and evaluations of the progress made on any specific project:

  1. A programme for the development and strengthening of underpinning technologies. This includes the development of assessment and evaluation models.

  2. Education and communication. The promotion of the education of upcoming scientists in appropriate and relevant technologies and encouraging communication between laboratories, governmental, private, and academic institutions by exchange visits and meticulously focused conferences.

Resources are required to support the work of the Centre for Future-Oriented Studies in the following areas:

  1. to plan and implement local, state, national, regional and international efforts in an expansive co-operative mode in initiating and promoting sustainable development and institutional strengthening;

  2. to present conferences, workshops, training in diverse areas of medicine, health, technology, engineering, science, education programmes for everyone including children and women;

  3. to conduct research and publish a scientific magazine that is accessible and comprehensible to the general public; and

  4. to maintain internet connectivity and other data bases that will be accessible to visitors at the Centre.

These are necessary to compensate for dissipated years of scientific, engineering and technological advancement which have been endemic among sub-Saharan scientists and researchers in not having adequate access to scientific information as their counterparts in well-endowed regions of the world. The Centre for Future-Oriented Studies constitutes an embodiment of institutional strengthening and sustainable development.

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