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Don blames FG’s inability to invest in youths for economic recession

By Charles Coffie-Gyamfi, Abeokuta
27 November 2020   |   2:51 am
A University don, Prof. Chinedum Babalola, has blamed the economic recession on Federal Government’s inability to empower the youths in acquiring entrepreneurial skills for the country’s economic growth.

A UNIVERSITY don, Prof. Chinedum Babalola, has blamed the economic recession on Federal Government’s inability to empower the youths in acquiring entrepreneurial skills for the country’s economic growth.

Babalola, the Vice Chancellor of Chrisland University, Abeokuta, Ogun State, also blamed the nationwide #EndSARS protest, which led to wanton killings and destruction of both private and public property, on youths’ unemployment and neglect, stressing that youths must be engaged in productive activities to prevent future occurrence.

The don spoke yesterday at a press conference held at the university campus to herald the second convocation ceremony with the theme: ‘’Leadership, Sustainable Development and Nation Building in Africa: A Reflective Perspective.”

She said that to revive the economy, government must diversify into agriculture and encourage the youths to venture into farming as a business by providing soft loans and farm inputs for them.

The don insisted that the youths must be empowered with the right skills for economic development of Nigeria. She noted that Nigeria is blessed with both human and natural resources enough to turn the fortunes of the country around but what is lacking is the political will to build the youths to be self-reliant.

Also speaking, the African Union Commissioner for Human Resource Science and Technology, Prof. Sarah Anyang Agbor, said that for education to continue to thrive in African society, African leaders must do strategic linkages between the academic and the private and public sector.

Agbor, who is billed to deliver the convocation lecture, said: “For education to continue to thrive in African societies, we need to do a kind of tripartite actions, tripartite strategic linkages between the government and its policies, the academic and the private or the public sector.

“The quality of leadership brings about sustainable development and therefore, sustainable development brings nation-building. So, we need good leadership that will put into consideration the important needs of the youths, which is education,” she concluded.