Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said with the right ideas, innovation and application of technology, young Nigerians can resolve present and future local and global challenges. Osinbajo said this yesterday at the 60th anniversary of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State.
In a statement by his spokesman, Laolu Akande, the Vice President said the future belonged to the young 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 Akereolu, delivered the Convocation Lecture at the event presided over by the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Dr. Yahaya Abubakar, as Chancellor of the University.
According to him, while young Nigerians, particularly the OAU graduands, stood on the shoulders of great men and women before them, the onus was 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 Vice President noted.
He added that this generation of young Nigerians is 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.”