The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Saturday urged youths in the country to explore opportunities in technology and innovative endeavours for self-reliance.

Speaking at a Public Lecture to commemorate the 68th anniversary of Sigma Club at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan, Osinbajo said that there was no other way to develop “our nation if the youths are not technologically and innovative-driven”.

According to him, there is clearly a big vacuum in technology and this is where great opportunities are.

“The future can only be great if you are vigilant and hold your leaders accountable.”

He disclosed that the Federal Government was currently developing a curriculum on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, which would “include 21st century way of thinking”.

“A lot is going on in creativity and technology; the future of job creation is in technology and innovation. We are moving to universities for different innovation and Federal Government will invest on it,” he said.

Leader of the club, Valentine Igbonekwu, said the lecture was organised to offer a platform for Nigerian youths to improve their economic productivity and social economic inclusion through proper acquisition of skills.

Igbonekwu, referred to as “Sigma Chief”, explained that the club, University of Ibadan, was the oldest surviving students’ organisation in sub-sahara Africa with considerable focus on good character, discipline, integrity and national development.

According to him, the club, over the years, has contributed immensely to educational development, with timely interventions and prompt contribution through its stigma educational foundation.

 

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