Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma, has tasked Nigerian youths on the need to become creative thinkers and developers of ideas as part of their contribution to the diversification of the nation’s economy.
Uzodinma advised on the occasion of the International Youth Day organised by the Catholic Youth Organisation of Nigeria (CYON) of the Holy Trinity Parish, Maitama in Abuja.
According to him, “What rule the world now are ideas and these are conceived by people. Once they are conceived and marketed, people will buy into them. So, as you grow, you don’t just rely on the service sector of the economy as the only way of being employed.
“You must strive to see how you can become creative thinkers. You must conceive ideas even as individuals or groups. I urge you to develop ideas so that you can get our buy-in. Through that medium, we can have an economy that will easily be diversified and our nation will be better for it.”
Uzodinma said the youths could decide from the outset of their career development to become very enterprising by being self-employed and grow to be employer of labour, adding “we want to go into a real society where young men and women will be seen as not only relying on heritage alone but also having a way of contributing their quotas, individually or collectively, towards national development.
“This is the kind of society I want us to see because the reality of today is that what is in the coffers of government is not enough to take care of everybody’s interest. So we have to expand; we have to expand the scope of existence and engagement.”