Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, said, Tuesday, that hard work and productivity remained the panacea to Nigeria’s socio-economic and political development.
He said Nigeria would have overcome some of its challenges but for endemic corruption.
Osinbajo, who spoke while addressing a congregation of youths that converge on Osogbo for 2018 Southwest Regional Youth Summit, held at WOCDIF Centre, Osogbo, Osun State capital, charged Nigerians to champion virtues of integrity and Omoluabi ethos as the only fundamental principle of development.
He said Nigerians must begin to look inward on the need to support government’s efforts by being productive and hardworking, noting that a nation could only achieve its aspirations if the people were productive.
On his part, Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State challenged the youths to be productive for the country to come out of its current economic challenges.
He noted that education couldn’t be effective for national growth, if it failed to induce productivity, saying the youth should see the only way to success as hard work.
In his remarks, Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, while charging youths to be hardworking, noted that the only way to succeed in life was through hard work and not luck, like many youths of today now believed.
Speaking on the purpose of the summit, Ajimobi said it was about promoting and enhancing the future through the youth of today, stressing that the patriotic sentiment was to forge the future of the South West through the youth.
Earlier, the Acting Director General of the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria, DAWN, Mr Sheye Oyeleye, explained that the importance of the summit was to have the inputs of the youth in the master plan of Nigeria’s development, starting with the South West.
He charged youths in the South West to always conceptualize their thoughts towards how to have a better future and take the region to its pride of place in the scheme of things that concerns Nigeria as a whole.