By Adeyinka Akintunde
OCTOBER 1st every year is a special day for Nigeria. It is the day the country celebrates its independence anniversary which it got from Britain in 1960. Realnews talked to youths, the leaders of tomorrow to know what they feel about the country at 57. Below are their views.
Testimony Olumade, a scientist, says: “I think Nigeria is a blessed country, with all mineral and natural resources. We are growing as a nation. In spite of all the challenges we have faced economically, socially, and even spiritually, we survived, and this suggests that there is hope for Nigeria. Haven said that, Nigeria needs to get her bearing right as to where she is going. We are too focused on majoring on the minors and minoring on the majors, and we have to re-direct our focus to be successful.
The youths live the way they do these days because of unemployment. The lifestyle of the average youth is not encouraging. The youths graduate from the university but really don’t know what to do with their certificates. Universities too do not take entrepreneurship seriously, which would have been a source of salvation for the youths and so, there is nothing for the youths to use their skills for. Many youths today have great ideas, but have nobody to sponsor the ideas that they have”.
Femi Atere, a Computer Scientist and public speaker – “Nigeria is a blessed nation. Nigeria is equipped with everything to be the most sorted for nation in the world. We have the best form of weather, we have mineral resources at its abundance, we have diversities of tongues and culture, and we have human resources at its peak. These are what makes us great and blessed indeed as a nation. However, with all the aforementioned, the country has been suffering a great deal in the hands of bad and corrupt leaders, who have no dream for Nigeria like our forefathers had, but are only interested in what gets into their pocket. Our youth needs to understand that we are not just the leaders of tomorrow, we are the solution of today. Until we emerge and get involved in the systems by setting things right, the Nigeria of our dreams will only be in view. Our perception needs to be redirected towards one nation! Our ethos on leadership has to be redefined. Nigerian youths need to understand that we are not political tool to win elections, but tool to build a Nigeria of our dream.”
Kingsley Amodu from Edo State – “Youths have given themselves to social vices because they are idle. “Illicit drug abuses, Yahoo Yahoo, prostitution and sexual immorality, and many more social ills have taken center stage by over a large percentage of youths due to non-productivity caused by unemployment. Youths due to their state of vibrancy and energy must be engaged productively in other to meet their aspirations.”
Anuoluwapo Longe, a graduate of the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife – “My dreams as a Nigerian youth are not fulfilled. I applied for employment in the public service and I expected to be called for aptitude test and I was not called. I later heard that people have just been employed and no test was announced. As a Nigerian youth, I am not pleased. The state of the economy is disheartening. Price of goods are costly and I am not employed. It is difficult to meet my daily needs and so I have tried to start up a petty business just to survive as my parents are not earning much. We need our voice to be heard. Youth should be involved in decision making. If a minister of youth is appointed, the person should be a youth and not an elderly person. There should be a youth or two as senators in the state house of representatives with ages ranging from 25 to 35. They will feel our pain and speak out for us the more since they are youths like us.”
Oluwatosin Fadare, “Nigeria is not maximizing her resources as a result of the self-centered interest of some of our political leaders who are conscious of their pockets at the expense of the general public. Looking at some of my colleagues, I cannot say that the dream of a Nigerian youth has been fulfilled. How many people graduate from the university every year? How many of them are employed now? You end up asking yourself what is the essence of going to school when the end result is no job? Personally, I will not say that my dream is not fulfilled because my success is not out rightly dependant on the Nigerian system alone. I have my role to play and I strive for success. However, it is important for the government to create good jobs, and other social amenities to improve the standard of living of the average Nigerian and fight corruption to the core. But as I said earlier, every citizen has a role to play, abide by rules and regulations, create jobs for themselves and not absolutely depend on the government for everything.”
Jude Alexander, a youth Corper and saxophonist – “Government can help the yout
h through providing employments and entrepreneurial opportunities and significantly also laying examples to the youth by showing them that the system of governing a country can be free from corruption.”
– Sept. 29, 2017 @ 15:52 GMT |