By Gbenga Olarinoye
Osogbo—THE Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday said that as long as corruption is left unchecked it will continue to create a myriad of problems for the country.
Prof. Osinbajo, who spoke in Osogbo at the maiden edition of South-West Regional Youths Summit, urged Nigerians to embrace virtues of integrity and hard work for the country to progress.
Noting that lack of integrity and corruption are major hindrances towards a prosperous country, Osinbajo said the country had lost many international partners due to lack of integrity and trust.
He said: “Any nation that does not emphasize integrity will always fail. The values of integrity and hard work are necessary for the development of our nation.
“You don’t have to cheat or steal to be successful in life but you must be ready to convert your challenges to opportunity”, he said.
He also urged youths in the region to support the 25 years development agenda for South West and the development of the nation as a whole.
In his remarks, Osun state governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, explained that the summit was important to chart a positive course for the development of the western region.
Aregbesola lamented that the region could not feed itself despite the abundant human resources, adding that it is a challenge leaders of the region must strive to resolve.
On his part, Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, said the summit was aimed at promoting and enhancing the future of the western region.
Ajimobi urged youths of the region not to give up but rather they should have a positive mental attitude towards the development of the region.