Nigerian government has been advised to invest in innovation, encourage creativity and entrepreneurship as a critical component and the pedestal on which the development of the continent rests.
Peter Obi, former Governor of Anambra State gave this advice at the first Convocation of Chrisland University , Owode, held on November 1, 2019 at the institution’s Auditorium.
Vice Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic (PDP) in the 2019 elections,
Peter Obi, who was the Guest Lecturer at the event advised the President Muhammadu Buhari led government and others in the continent to invest more in innovation, creativity and education as the new and future wealth of the clime as well as that of the continent.
The former Governor who was once rated the most prudent governor in Nigeria in his lecture titled “Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship: A Critical Intersection For Economic Development in Africa”, stated that such investment was a critical component and the pedestal on which the development of the continent hugely depended upon for vibrancy.
The former Governor who was also the running mate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential candidate in the last presidential election identified the problem of the continent as poor economic development.
He therefore urged leaders to prioritize issues bothering on the youth, and begin to look at other veritable and divergent areas of investment if truly they wanted to achieve any tangible result.
Obi poured encomium on High Chief Winifred Awosika, the Founder and Chancellor of Chrisland University for investing and providing quality education as an entrepreneur in the Nigerian nation.
“What government only does is to collect taxes from private institutions and not support them for growth, development and training of high level human resources required by the country,” Obi said.
He lamented poor investment in the education sector, disclosing that South Africa with lesser population than Nigeria in 2018 alone budgeted $17 billion where Nigeria had over the years failed to match the figure.
The former Governor enjoined the new new graduates to deplore their education to what he termed practical realities of contributing solutions to the problems of humanity, adding that they should be, “agent or positive change in the society”
Earlier in her welcome address, Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Chinedum Babalola, said the takeoff point of the university was not easy.
She used the occasion to express appreciation to Dr. Awosika for never-die approach to life which she ascribed to the result was the maiden convocation of the seven pioneer students of the university.
The Highlights of the maiden Convocation were the conferment of different degrees on the graduating students and award of prizes to different category to outstanding students.