Business tycoon tasks youths on self development

Timothy Choji, Abuja

Youths in Nigeria have been advised to brace up and delve into business instead of waiting for white collar jobs.

A business tycoon, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu gave the advice in Abuja.

“Young men are lazy these days. They are not doing enough to help themselves. We are creating a lot of opportunities, so I’m calling on our youths to be of good use, they should not take to crime. They can be driven by the pursuit of the truth. The young men might be feeling frustrated but the government cannot do everything so they need to start up something on their own,” he said.

Dr Uzor Kalu also advised the government to concentrate more on agriculture and manufacturing.

“Government should give more incentives because the capacity utilisation in manufacturing keeps going down. If for instance I am in government, I will pay attention to manufacturing and agriculture through entrepreneurs who will invest in agriculture, give them single digit loan. Nigeria should develop agriculture, steel manufacturing and others because we can be pioneers in these sectors all over Africa. So the private sector should be encouraged more and more. If the President is able to handle power supply and internal security, Nigeria will certainly move forward,”
 the former Governor explained.

Curbing Trafficking
The former Governor stressed that his foundation, Orji Uzor Kalu Foundation would collaborate with religious bodies like the Caritas International, to curb drug and human trafficking in Nigeria.

“I am disturbed…The Orji Uzor kalu Foundation and the Caritas will work hand in hand to curb these problems. We are going to put more effort, people and resources into this. I have already discussed with His Eminence, the President and Secretary General of Caritas worldwide. I have been talking to Ford Foundation and the Clinton Foundation. We will be working on the logistics on how to stop the two problems,” Dr Uzor Kalu told newsmen.

He expressed regrets over the attitude of some Nigerians who indulge in the illicit acts.

He said: “It is painful when you see our young girls being maltreated in Italy and Spain. The Foundation has so far visited seven counties UK, France, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Turkey and Indonesia, where we had discussions on the issue of drug pushers and how to secure release for those already in prison. We pleaded with the President of Indonesia not to kill some of our people convicted for drug related crimes but that fell on deaf ears because they were killed. The same thing in China, because I’m a Nigerian, the way we lost them gives me a lot of concern.”

He urged Nigerians to be patient with President Muhammadu Buhari, describing him as ‘an honest man’ with good intentions for the country.


Mercy Chukwudiebere