Attaining Wealth Creation in Biology Using Botanical Gardens

  • A.N. Obiajulu
  • N.B. Emmadiole


Biology contributes to the realization of the ultimate goals of education both in all round development of students and as a means of wealth creation through botanical gardens. This is a welcome development because, the global economic recession has posed new challenges to the world coupled with the challenges of new energy technology in response to global warming. This has dwindled the economy of many nations particularly petro-mono economy countries like Nigeria whose revenue base depends mostly on proceeds from crude oil exploration. Overdependence on crude oil is a sign of blunt tentacles of Nigeria’s economic prowess to other service sectors such as conservation and tourism for sustainable economic development of which botanical gardens play crucial role as their resources are inexhaustible. The opinion of this paper is that Biology education using botanical gardens can serve as a serious means of wealth creation for national development and solving the problem of unemployment. Wealth creation involves investing for income and long-term capital appreciation. The provisions in the botanical gardens like garden shed, experimental and propagation plot, vegetable plot, ornamental and experimental plot, fruits and economic trees plot, flower plot, lawn, etc. can be used by Biology students for acquisition of entrepreneurial skills which will enable them create jobs for themselves and become self-employed and self-reliant upon graduation. This paper also posits that botanical gardens can be explored to be sources of employment and means of wealth creation both for the institutions and for the nation at large as it serves the basic human needs of education, research, aesthetics, recreation, conservation, tourism, employment, public services and as event centers. These necessitate the need for proper funding and management of botanical gardens.