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.”