Osun Chief Whip, Hon Tunde Lekan Olatunji was invited to chair the Osun State University Foundation Day Anniversary Lecture where he spoke on the theme, “Breaking the Cycle of Indolence and Dependency: a challenge to Nigerian Youths”.
In his lecture he said the world today is successfully transiting into a knowledge based economy where factors like abundant mineral resources, including crude oil and large population sizes are fast becoming inconsequential. Therefore, the future of any nation is largely dependent on the percentage of her population that can be processed into human capital, particularly the productive youthful population.
For instance, If the wealth and prosperity of Nations were measured by natural endowment, the Democratic Republic of Congo with mineral resources estimated at over 20Trillion US Dollars should be one of the richest in the world, yet the country’s survival still depends on grants and aids. If it is by population, the entire Africa with population of over 1.2 billion people should not have a GDP estimate lesser than that of Germany, a nation in the realm of 90 to 95 million people or that of California, a state in America with population of less than 40million people.
It is not an understatement that Nigeria is facing difficult times and no form window dressing could address the challenge. Hence, youths must come to terms with the fact that the only panacea lies in our ingenuity and deploring of youthful zest and capacity positively to get Nigeria working in all areas.
He further said in all, governance is essentially about problem solving and accountable Leadership is the fulcrum upon which the lever of societal transformation and development is placed. It is therefore very important for Nigeria to have a perfect mix of both at all levels of governance so as to give the needed direction and drive for our youths productivity.
He concluded by saying just like Frank Fanon quipped in one of his writing,” every generation, out of relative obscurity will discover it’s mission, either to fulfil or betray it”.
He then thanked the Chancellor; Dr.(Mrs). Folorunso Alakija, the Pro-Chancellor; Mallam Yusuf Ali (SAN), the Vice-Chancellor; Prof. Labo Popoola, staff and students for the honour. He is humbled by this your kind words.
This is a generational assignment and together we shall shape the future and build a functional society Hon Olatunji said.