WAKE UP: Dr. Oby Ezekwesili urge Nigerian youths to act as agents of change

Former World Bank Vice-President for Africa, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, has said Nigeria can fully develop its potential if its youths imbibe core moral and social values.

Ezekwesili stated this on Wednesday at the University of Calabar, Cross River State while delivering a keynote address on ‘Nigerian Tertiary Institutions of Learning- Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Implications for National Transformation.’

According to her, tertiary institutions in the country are important vehicles of rural transformation hence the need for youths to act as agents of change.

She frowned on the way youths have embraced social vices, saying the action had hindered national transformation that could promote development.

Ezekwesili, who also decried the effect of corruption on national transformation, said  curbing it would only be possible through youths.

She said, “Today’s youths have more challenges than those who came before them because the population has grown and opportunities are narrowed.  For any youth to surpass those before him, he will have to work hard enough to earn it.”


via Punch

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  • Udoekwere Grace Inem

    Ma, you have being a source of encouragement to me most especially on my field of study for the future of Nigerian yougth like me. I aspire to become an Economist after successfuly graduatin from the university of Calabar and you happen to be my role model. Ma, i hold on to your policy and personality and it thrills me to know that a woman of reputable virtue can be found in a country like Nigeria. I am also moved by your interest of service and love for this country. You said and i quote “The most important thing is the sense of mission and assignment ’cause with that, it’s about impact, about making a change.” And this you have portrayed. Thanks for attending the orientation programme in my school. Your presence made alot of impact.