Speaker Dogara urges youths to avoid vices, use technology positively

Speaker Dogara and other dignitaries in a group photograph with the teenagers shortly after the conference in Abuja.....Weekend

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has said that in order to effectively combat unemployment in Nigeria, a different approach which focuses on self-discovery must be taken in educating young Nigerians.

He said this on Saturday while addressing teenagers at the 2018 Teens Career Conference organised by The Redeemed Christian Church of God in Abuja. 

He stressed the importance of self-discovery to attaining success and fulfilment in their chosen career paths, saying, “Education fundamentally is very good, but education and success are not synonymous. If that was the case, every educated person would be successful, but that's not the case. They are a lot of educated people out there that are hooked unto careers that are not giving them much in terms of success and happiness. 

"Now unfortunately for us our educational system in this country, the one we inherited from our colonial masters is not tailored towards self-discovery, it cannot tell us who we are. It is tailored to enable you fit in the context of finding out what you want to do, go to work, close from work, earn salaries, raise a family, then you become a pensioner till you die. That is the tragedy of our educational system.”

In a statement, Saturday, by his Special Adviser (Media & Public  Affairs), Turaki Hassan, the Speaker also spoke on the need to modify the system in such a way that young people are trained with emphasis on providing jobs, and highlighted the role the Church must play in bringing about the required change.

“We have to change the narrative in this country, where instead of training employees, we are training leaders, because we have come to the time whereby government cannot continue to provide employment for our teeming populace in this country. We need to adapt as it's done globally, to become entrepreneurs, those that will establish businesses that will employ 50, 100 people, and when we have that, unemployment will be a thing of the past.”

“When we just go to school to become medical doctors in government hospitals or any profession working in government agencies and parastatals, the government would be saturated and at the end of the day we will run into very dangerous economic crises of unemployment in this country, so we are raising people that will generate jobs, not people that will seek for jobs, and if we have to do this successfully, we have to begin from the Church.” 

The Speaker urged youths to look inwards in order to identify their God-given talents and identify their true purpose, vision and remain focused, among other things. 






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