Clark urges graduates to proffer solutions to Nigeria’s problems
Chancellor, Caleb University, Imota, Chief Edwin Clark, has urged the 2021/2022 graduating students of the institution to start thinking about what they can do for the country to move it forward.
Clark, who spoke at the 11th convocation ceremony of the institution, noted that such thought would awaken the spirit of self-reliance in them and ultimately affect the country’s economy.
He urged the graduands to stand for the truth and embrace the virtue of integrity while stressing the need for them to be good ambassadors of the institution.
On his part, Chairman, Board of Trustee (BoT), Abiodun Ogunleye, urged the graduating students to invest their creative energies in solving the problems in society.
He said: “Many of you have already commenced the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme. I charge you to let out the entrepreneurial spirit in you towards helping the nation and your family.
“Stick to the noble ideals and core values of Caleb University, which include godliness, innovation, service, integrity, teamwork, excellence and creativity.”
The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Institution, Prof. Sunday Ajayi informed the students that the era of jobs for fresh graduates came to an end a long time ago, stressing the need for the graduates to learn skills to equip themselves for the challenges ahead.
“You have been trained and you are equipped to research into what your community needs and is not being supplied in adequate quantity and quality. Plan innovatively to fill the gap. Learn new skills as necessary and you will soon become an employer of labour. That is entrepreneurship. It does not work out so easily, you will need resilience and self-discipline.”
Chairman of Atlantic International Refinery and Petrochemical Limited, Dr Akintoye Akindele, in his lecture titled: “The Rhetoric and reality of youth as game-changers,’ said the current unemployment concerns that Nigeria is presently facing could only be solved by creating more entrepreneurs.
He noted that this would lead to job creation because only entrepreneurs can create the millions of jobs needed to power the economy.
Akindele urged the graduates to travel and explore the country to gain more knowledge, adding that there are opportunities and problems in Nigeria to be solved.
He said Nigeria is bustling with opportunities in technology, mining, sports, farming and media among others, adding that exploring the country can only discover these opportunities.
“Currently, our continent is the youngest in the world. Almost 60 per cent of Africans are under the age of 25 and by 2050 the youth population is expected to reach 830million. People under the age of 40 will be behind the driver’s seat of the continent’s economies if we are to achieve higher growth and economic development.