By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The federal government has been urged to invest and create platforms for youths in the country to enable them directs and explore their potentials and energy for all-round national development.
The urge was given by professor Lai Olurode at a public lecture organised to inspire and encourage students of The Wings Schools, Iwo, Osun State on the need to channel and direct their potentials on things that will advance their course and the nation as a whole.
According to him, the youths need to be equipped with knowledge of modern technology, agriculture among other developmental things to make them useful for themselves and the nation.
Professor Olurode, Proprietor of The Wing Schools said the primary purpose of the lecture was to redirect the energy of the Nigerian youths and to harvest what they truly represent for the development of the nation.
“The implications of disconnecting the youths from integration is obvious in the society as many of them have resulted into unholy activities.
“We need to listen to those clamouring for decentralization so that each group and section of the country will be able to address the challenges facing the youths in the different states of the nation.”
He attributed the restiveness of the youths to ineffective governance since they feel they have no platform to develop themselves.
In his lecture at the programme titled, “Connecting Nigeria To Its Teeming Youths: Detonating Time Bomb, the guest lecturer, Senator Adelere Oriolowo said ineffective governance which is a major problem in Nigeria has forced so many youths into unholy activities in the country.
Senator Oriolowo also blamed the falling standard in the Nigeria system on inequality, insecurity and poor policy of government, adding that many youths no longer have hope and confidence in system.
“Governance is ineffective because they are not doing the right thing. When government and the leaders create platforms for youths to showcase their prowess, this will go a long way to address the high spate of insecurity in the country.”
He added that Idleness is responsible for the social problems by youths in some parts of the country, adding that government also need to cater for the poor.
The guest lecturer urged the youths not to allow the hardship or poverty in the land force them to engage in nefarious activities, but rather, they should be creative and work on things of great values.
Speakers and special guest at the programme included professor Dhikrullahi Yagboyaju, professor of the political science University of Ibadan, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti, former SSG and others.