Speaking with reporters in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital recently, Gov. Oshiomhole instead proposed a national conference that would focus on youth unemployment.
The Edo State governor, who was in Ekiti to participate in the rally organized to mark the state governor – Dr. Kayode Fayemi’s third year in office, urged the president to deploy his energy to making youths more productive and competitive.
While throwing his weight behind the position canvassed by the national leader of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Oshiomhole said the country should place high premium on youth employment rather than wasting time on a conference “that would not solve the crises plaguing the country.”
According to the comrade governor, Mr. Jonathan should forget about the proposed conference and convene another one which would discuss issues that are critical to the survival of Nigerians, rather than discussing matters that can only appeal to ethnic sentiments.
His words, “As for the issue of national conference, I have always mentioned that the problem of Nigeria is not talking. In fact, the problem of Nigeria is that we talk too much and no nation has attained greatness through too much talking. When people say let us dialogue, which dialogue? What I want is a national dialogue on unemployment; I mean how to get our young people back to work. I want a national conference on how we can prohibit importation of some goods and ensure that Nigerians consume made in Nigeria products. I want a national conference on how we can revive Ikeja Industrial base, Apapa Industrial base, the Isolo Industries, the Bompai and Sharada Industries in Kano, how Aba and Delta Textiles can be revived. You know the whole industries in Kano produced me. Our founding fathers, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe and Alhaji [Ahmadu] Bello competed on the bases of who was producing jobs, who could add values to lives, so this should be the kind of conference Nigeria should think of.”
He, therefore, admonished the federal government to deploy the larger part of the country’s resources to resolving the problem of poverty among the populace and stop wasting time on frivolities.