Osoba seeks role for youths, says they are more digital
NDDC to boost ICT learning in N’Delta
A former Governor of Ogun State, Olusegun Osoba, has urged ‘old politicians’ to give chance to the younger ones as the 2019 election approaches.He spoke yesterday in Lagos at the Trek Africa Awards/National discourse tagged: “Patriotism, catalyst for national development.”
Osoba said the younger generations are in the best position to interpret the digital age and compete favourably with the rest of the world.He said: “The younger people should not just sit back, but the older ones in politics should give them room. It is the younger ones who can accurately interpret the 21st century which is digital.”
According to him, the banking world in Nigeria is considered to be the most efficient and organised in the world, adding: “I don’t see why they can’t make it good in government.”
The Chairman, Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Yunusa Tanko, who delivered the keynote address also said that no country could advance without the active involvement of the youths.
“Nigeria needs a rebirth and it has to come with a paradigm shift from the old to a new set of people. They speak the language that the advanced nations understand. In the era of the 21st century, we need new leaders who can propel the country to a better height, irrespective of where they come from,” he said.
The Coordinator of Trek award, Oki Samson, said the event was to encourage those who had done well in their career. Also, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has promised to boost digital learning by linking the Niger Delta region with fiber optics to facilitate internet penetration and spread.
The Chairman of the NDDC Governing Board, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, made the pledge when the Chairman and management of the Cross River State College of Education, Akamkpa, paid him a courtesy visit at the commission’s headquarters in Port Harcourt.
The Chairman of the council, Dr. Steve Ada, led the visit, which also had the Acting Provost, Dr. Obere Abiam.“We will challenge the creativity of our young men and women and also help our tertiary institutions to key into the modern ways of learning,” he said.
According to the NDDC Chairman, “The world has gone digital and learning is now electronic-based. If we don’t train for the new world, we will be left behind. So everything is technology-based now and we want to leave a landmark contribution at the end of our tenure.”
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