The Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki has applauded the Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed for introducing youth empowerment programmes.
Saraki gave the commendation during the weekend while featuring on a live radio programme in Ilorin.
The Senate President was in Ilorin during the weekend to celebrate his acquittal by Supreme Court with people of Kwara State.
The former Kwara State governor said he is aware that the present administration under the leadership of Governor Ahmed has introduced different empowerment programmes to reduce unemployment especially among the youth.
He commended his successor for initiating people’s oriented policies and projects amid financial challenges facing the country.
Saraki, who ruled the state from 2003-2011, noted that during his days as governor, things were not difficult like what governors are experiencing now.
“During my days as governor, we don’t have the financial challenge the government is facing now. The issue of non-payment of salaries was not there. The crisis is also affecting the Federal Government and other states nationwide.
“I know the incumbent governor is trying his best despite the difficult situation. I will urge the people of the state to continue to support the government,” he stated.
…charges youths to turn mobile phones to business tools
The Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, yesterday called on the nation’s youths to venture into entrepreneurship through their cell-phones as a way of self-employment and creating job opportunities for others.
Saraki, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja, gave the charge while delivering the Fourth Convocation Lecture of the Adeleke University, Ede, Osun State, on Sunday.
In his paper titled, “National Economic Development Through Entrepreneurship: The Role of Private Universities in Nigeria,” Saraki said it has become imperative for youths not to see their phones as fashion accessories alone, but potent platforms to launch themselves into entrepreneurship and gainful self-employment.
Saraki said: “To the graduating students, I will say that it is perhaps true that Nigerian youths are not currently maximising the potential that social media has for stimulating entrepreneurship in many areas, including those that were unheard of just a few years ago.
“I would like to see more young Nigerians put what they learned in the university to impactful use by leveraging on the social media’s abundant opportunity for business ventures.
“Entrepreneurship starts with a mindset; form networks, begin to see your phone as a business tool and not just a fashion accessory; get tutorials for starting new businesses or to ginger new business ideas.
“There is no reason any of today’s graduating students cannot become a Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of Twitter, net worth $5 billion – or Brian Chesky, a co-founder of Air BnB. Michelle Phan of the cosmetic business Ipsy, now worth $300 million – not bad for someone who first started by uploading her videos on YouTube,” he declared.
He stated that due to its belief that entrepreneurship is crucial to the success of the economy, the National Assembly has since prioritised the passage of landmark economic laws to enable Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to grow.
He urged private universities to rise to the challenge of promoting private enterprises by ensuring that entrepreneurial skills are taught across various disciplines.
Saraki also charged the graduates to be good ambassadors for their alma mater – Adeleke University – and good economic ambassadors for their generation and for this country.