Stakeholders at the 2019 Better Nigeria Conference have called for collaborative efforts for the country to survive its current challenges and achieve national development.
TBI Africa.com said the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the conference, organized by Pilgrim Miracle Church in Ibadan on Saturday, was themed, ‘Positioning the Individual and the Nation for Significant Improvement’.
Prof. Ayoade Ogunkunle, former Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan, who spoke on ‘Role of Quality Education in National Development,’ identified the need for qualitative education in Nigeria for all round development.
Ogunkunle challenged youths of the nation to look inward and use their energy to contribute innovatively to Nigeria.
“Emphasis should be on the 21st century skills, strategic and concrete intervention must be taken serious and we should be proactive to take care of the future.
“Nigerians should be service oriented; people of like minds should come together to effect change in the education sector,” he said.
Mr Olufemi Adigun, a seasoned farmer, enjoined Nigerian youths to harness opportunities in agriculture.
He stressed the need to engage technology and innovation to improve on the traditional farming techniques currently in use.
“Nigerian farmers are falling behind because they refused to embrace innovations and modern farming techniques.
“We need to start from somewhere and progress; there is the need to study every technology and localize it to suit our environment,” Adigun said.
Mr David Afolayan, Chief Executive Officer, GIS Konsult and a panelist at the event, urged Nigerians to dream of a better country and contribute their quota to make it great.
“Everyone must know that they have a role to play and everything we do must impact every other person to start the journey of a better Nigeria,” he said.
Pastor Ayo Afolayan, the convener of the conference, said the event became necessary to equip citizens to function as light as Nigeria witnessed transition from one democratic government to another.
“If our nation will survive the challenges ahead, we must have functional education system, an effective food production channel which will provide jobs as well as enabling environment for peace and security,’’ he said.