Nigeria to focus on youth training – VP Osinbajo

By Timothy Choji, Abuja

Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo says that in encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit among the Nigerian youth, focus should also be on ensuring that they are well-trained in whatever discipline or professional calling they choose.

“We should emphasize training too, solid training. For whatever you are, you can be the best in it…. Building the very best minds should be the focus. If you are a graduate of history, you should be so well-trained to be the best historian,” the Vice President stated.

He stated these in his office, when participants of Course 24 of the National Defence College paid him a courtesy visit, where they presented a research report titled “Youth Bulge in Nigeria: Implications for National Security,” which they undertook.

“I think we should bear in mind also that even if you are not an entrepreneur, but you are competent in whatever your field of endeavour or whatever your discipline is, if you are well-trained in any type of profession, you are a major contributor to the GDP, you are a major contributor to the well being of the society,” he stated.

While commending the participants for the research, Professor Osinbajo added that government would continue to maintain focus on very good solid training for the youth.

The participants, who were led by the Commandant of the College, Rear Admiral Samuel Alade noted that the significant youth population in the country could be turned into a positive engine for national growth through entrepreneurship.

Captain Olodude, of the Nigerian Navy, who made the presentation on behalf of the participants, stated that “if the youth are not harnessed through schemes such as the National Youth Service Corps, Entrepreneurial Scheme, Training in agriculture, ICT and others, to tackle unemployment, they would affect the society negatively.”

Earlier, the Commandant of the National Defence College and leader of the delegation, Rear Admiral Samuel Alade, said the Course 24 has 130 Participants, seven of which are from other countries including Niger, Republic of Benin, Ghana, Zambia and Sierra Leone.

He revealed that the next course will have participants from Germany, Turkey, Brazil and India.

Rear Admiral Alade stated that in the 25 years of the College, this is the first research presentation of its kind.

Vice President Osinbajo, who promised to send the recommendations of the research to relevant government agencies, was also recognized with the Distinguished Personality Award of the National Defence College.

In another development, the Vice President received on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari ,a delegation from the government of Guinea Bissau led by Prime Minister Baciro Dja.

The Prime Minister came as a Special Envoy of President Jose Mairo Vaz of Guinea Bissau to deliver a special message.

Vice President Osinbajo commended the government of Guinea Bissau for its constitutional and peaceful management of the country’s affairs noting that “at the end of the day the whole purpose of government is to help the people, not to harm them in the process of political conflict.”