Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) says that young Nigerians are charting the country’s brighter future, adding that with innovative ideas and skills, the younger generation would find solutions to local and global challenges.
Osinbajo, who spoke on Saturday at the 60th anniversary of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, in Osun State, also told the graduating class that the future belonged to them, urging them “to pay attention to it.”
The Vice President, who was the Special Guest of Honour at the convocation ceremony of the University, stood in for President Muhammadu Buhari as Visitor, and was accompanied by the Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola while the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, delivered the Convocation Lecture at the event presided over by the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Dr. Yahaya Abubakar, as Chancellor of the University.
According to a statement by the VP’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, Osinbajo said while young Nigerians, particularly the OAU graduands, stood on the shoulders of great men and women before them, the onus is on their generation to “deal with the biggest issues that confront the world, and our nation.”
“And it is big and innovative ideas that will solve those problems. You will have to confront the problems of climate change and a world moving away from fossil fuels, and you will usher in the age of renewable energy and green solutions,” the VP was quoted as saying in the statement.
The statement was titled, ‘OAU At 60: Young Nigerians, Graduates Are Charting Nigeria’s Brighter Future – Osinbajo’.
He added that this generation of young Nigerians are equipped and could proffer solutions in the areas of education, agriculture, health care and security.
“Yes, the challenges are huge, but you are well equipped to resolve them; and the evidence is there… Since 2016, despite two recessions, young Nigerians have built 6 unicorns; a unicorn is a company that is valued at over a billion dollars.
“You will deal with the issues of feeding, educating, providing healthcare and jobs for the fourth largest population in the world in a few decades. We will need smarter Agric solutions to feed the huge numbers, technology is already helping to crowd-fund Agriculture and develop more prolific seedlings.
“You will confront the need to vastly improve our public and clinical healthcare. We must build on the work of the Genomic Centre at Ede, and the local vaccine production efforts going on already and make local drugs for hundreds of millions of Nigerians.”
In education, while noting that the sector needed several new solutions, including designing methods to teach millions even outside of classrooms, the VP stated that “there are many young men and women already doing great things using technology to reach children in far flung areas with education.”
The Vice President added that, the use of technology and improvement in nationwide policing would further help the country address its security challenges.