The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo says the federal government was exploring ways to boost economy to provide job opportunity for Nigerian youths.
He stated this in a paper he presented, titled ‘The Challenges of the New Decade’, at the fifth convocation lecture of Federal University Dutse, Jigawa state.
Professor Osinbajo explained that the emergence of modern technology was consistently changing the face of global economies while offering new job opportunities in every sector.
He observed that the Nigerian youths must tap into the technology revolution to be relevant in the society.
According to him, “the focus must be on innovation, critical thinking, interdisciplinary thinking, design thinking, synergizing and collaboration with others across the world to solve problems.
Professor Osinbajo noted that the profits realized by the ‘Apple Android’ company through the sales of its products in four months was higher than what Nigeria earns from sales of crude oil annually.
The Vice President therefore challenged universities and higher institutions of learning to change their focus from inculcating theoretical knowledge in their students to building entrepreneurship and problem solving skills in them.
“The exciting future ahead of us, the opportunities are limitless. Go for it!” Prof Osinbajo stated.
Prof Osinbajo called on the young graduates and other Nigerians to take advantage of information technology and apply it in their various areas of discipline.
He said this will enable them catch up with their peers in developed countries of the world, while noting that the difference between poverty and wealth was creativity.
Prof Osinbajo said “ today the most successful businesses are those adding value, even our culture can become a great wealth creator but only if we add value.”