Nigerian youths have been urged to embrace entrepreneurship and skills acquisitions to overcome unemployment challenge and enjoy prosperity in life instead of depending on what certificates alone can offer them.
Speakers who include seasoned academics, researchers and top entrepreneurs made the call in their various presentations at the “2019 Leverage Summit” which held at the Auditorium of the Federal University Lokoja (FUL).
The Head of Biological Sciences Department at the university, Dr Jacqueline Badaki, decried the emphasis placed on certificates in this part of the globe as against acquisition of practical knowledge and skills required in the labour market.
A lecturer in the United Kingdom, Dr Chukwudi Okebaram, called for an overhaul of the Nigeria’s education policy to enhance productivity of youths, adding that true education goes beyond merely acquiring degrees without relevant workplace skills.
The keynote speaker, Prof. Mohammed Audu, of the Department of History and International Relations at FUL, identified lack of accountability, corruption, weak administrative mechanism, weak surveillance and heavy bureaucracy as some of the factors militating against sustainable development.
Convener of the summit, Daniel Ikechukwu Nwankwo, said the summit was put together to build solid foundations for prosperous and productive future for Nigerian youths.