Stakeholders task youths on nation building
Vice-Chancellor, Augustine University, Ilara-Epe (AUI), Prof. Christopher Odetunde, has emphasized the importance of youth involvement in national development.
He said the country should prioritise, research, community development, international outlook, integrity, compassion, and accountability for the purpose of youth development.
Odetunde made the remark at the second convocation ceremony of Augustine University, Ilara-Epe, Lagos, where the institution graduated 38 students and five persons emerged with first-class division, 20 in the second class upper division, 11 emerged second class lower division and two persons came out with third class.
He advocated a paradigm shift to turn graduates into entrepreneurial builders of the nation, noting that his determination was to see “graduates become gold in the hand of the world and light onto the path of our nation’s greatness”.
Odetunde said: “Education is a springboard for your dreams and a lifetime inheritance. Augustine University has equipped you with the tools necessary to navigate the world and this you should not take lightly.
“AUI’s teaching philosophy must inspire a lifetime of learning with an integral and holistic experience that combines academic and professional training with physical, moral, spiritual, social, and cultural formation.”
He urged students to be innovative, seek solutions to problems, and fin a more efficient ways to approach any issue.
Meanwhile, Director of Research, Nigerian Army Resource Centre, CBN Ogbogbo in his lecture titled ‘Nigerian Youth and Nation Building in the 21th century’ stated that youths are the arrows in the country’s quiver and how well they are prepared will determine their usefulness to the country and humanity, especially in the days of trouble.
He explained that youths are critical stakeholders in any society and to neglect or maltreat them will be at the peril of such a society.
“One of the places where youths converge is in institutions of higher learning. If you wish to treat the youths well, then fix these institutions. The topic, ‘Nigerian Youths and the challenge of Nation Building in the 21st Century’ was chosen due to the importance and role of Nigerian youths in getting the country out of her current quagmire,” Ogbogbo added.
He further stated: “The Nigerian youth must devise strategies for turning these diversities into sources of strength. They must refuse to be shackled by ethnic and religious cleavages; they must enthrone merit in their undertakings. More importantly, they have to be advocates of justice and be seen to practice it. Any nation that thrives in injustice is bound to collapse.”