As a result of focusing more political activities by Nigerian youths, the Vice President of the country, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has on Saturday charged youths in the country to explore opportunities in the modern day technology and innovation.
Osinbajo made this declaration while delivering a paper entitled, “Developing the Nation Through Youth Empowerment”, at the 9th public lecture to commemorate the 68th anniversary of Sigma Club, University of Ibadan (UI), held at the International Conference Centre (UI).
Speaking at the event, the Vice President said there is currently a big vacuum in both technology and innovation, which needed to be filled by the youths of the country.
According to him, “There is no other way to develop our nation if the youths are not technological and innovative drive”.
The VP who said that Nigeria future lies in the hands of the youth also asked them to be vigilant and hold their leaders accountable.
“The future can only be great if you are vigilant and hold your leaders accountable”.
Osinbajo while speaking further added that the Federal Government is currently developing a curriculum on science, Technology, Engineering and Maths which will include 21st century way of thinking.
“A lot is going on in creativity and technology, the future of job creation is in technology and innovation. We are moving to universities for different innovation and Federal Government will invest on it”.
Chairman of the occasion, Dr. Wale Babalakin in his remarks said that the choice of the topic was remarkable and cardinal to the development of Nigeria.
Babalakin who is the Pro Chancellor, University of Lagos (UNILAG) said that the country must get youth development right and also ensure youths benefit qualitative education.
He said, “Time has gone for us to continue with the blame game. Whatever that might have led us to the current challenges is unfortunate, but do the needful in salvaging youth unemployment”.
He said that the nation needed to find a way of funding education in a robust fashion that is sustainable.
Babalakin commended the club for consistently providing leadership to the youths of the country through its annual public lecture.
Sigma Chief, Valentine Igbonekwu earlier in his address added that the lecture was organised to offer a platform for Nigerian youths to improve their economic productivity and social economic inclusion through proper acquisition of practical skills set and worthy entrepreneurial capacity.
He explained that the club has been the oldest surviving students’ organisation in sub-sahara Africa with considerable focus on good character, discipline, integrity and national development.
Igbonekwu maintained that the club over the years has contributed immensely to educational development with timely interventions and prompt contribution through its stigma educational foundation.
He said that the public lecture which has played host to distinguished speakers has become a robust platform where burning national issues of collective interest are intellectually x-rayed and descented with a view to proffering lasting solutions to them.
He concluded by urging the youth to rise through the event and strategically apply the lesson learnt in profitable enterprises that will help to sterm the tide of youth unemployment in the country.