Why Run Before Learning to Walk? has been received positively by the public and reported widely in local media, as well as by international development institutions. Abstracts from a few of these commentaries follow.
"It is a long –awaited book; a seminal work in every respect. This is a must-have and a must-read book for the scientist; the academic and political leadership; the technocrat - especially public policy officers involved in STI planning, promotion and development;, as well as science/technology correspondents of the print and electronic media. It is a must-have for the libraries in both the public and private sectors of the economy, and indeed to all who have an interest and a stake in the nation’s future development. It is a book the political leadership should read very carefully and reflect on very deeply." -- Daily Trust Newspaper
"The launch was devoid of the usual fanfare where praise singers and people come to glorify themselves or others and not issues that are typical of such events in the country yet it was a success because those that matter the most, especially the sector to which the book spoke to, were present. The book was a success not because of who was or was not present at the launch but as a result of the character of Prof. Isoun" --Abutu Adole, Vanguard
"The 620 – page book chronicles Nigeria’s science and technology strides during Isoun’s tenure as Minister of Science and Technology between October 2000 and May 2007, top of which was Nigeria’s launch of its first satellite. As a result of an implementable road map he charted for the country’s science and technology sector, the nation has been able to launch three earth observation and two communication satellites, a feat not attained by any other African country" --Alex Abutu, Africasti
"The book, divided into two parts, each with 5 chapters, chronicles the new thinking, throughout his tenure as Minister. The title captures his belief that you can actually run before learning to walk and it is the author's way of replying to the skeptics who wondered why he started the Space program even though the majority of Nigerians were poor" --Ijaw Nation
“The major objectives of the book can be summarized as (a) to advocate for a paradigm shift from the hitherto emphasis on appropriate/mature technologies, to a strategic adoption/acquisition of high technology in juxtaposition with the creation of an adequate environment and credible support structures and systems and (b) to issue a wake-up call to all Nigerians, especially to the scientists, political leadership and opinion leaders and moulders - a call to reclaim our intellectual confidence, banish self doubts, raise our sights and run with confidence into the frontiers of high technologies, and lift our country out of poverty.” -- Dr. David Okongwu in a Review of the Book in Africasti, p 45, December 2013, AfricaSti
“It was good to see you again in Nairobi; thank you so much for the gift of your book. I have read much of it already and found your account both fascinating, measured and modest considering what you have achieved. Thank you for giving us such a splendid account of the remarkable strides made in recent years in African countries and in Nigeria in particular." -- Professor Sir Brian Heap CBE FRS Pres. of the European Academies Science Advisory Council and Research Associate at the Centre for Development Studies, Cambridge UK.