The founder of IC Cube, an outfit that focuses on the development of teenagers and youths, Mr. Charles Ajiboye, has called on governments and other relevant stakeholders to invest in the development of youths.
Ajiboye, who recently spoke in Lagos, said there was the need to empower youths properly, especially in skill acquisition in order to prepare them for life challenges.
He stated this while unfolding plans for the IC Cube Youth Conference and Enterprise Fair, which holds between October 23 and 25 in Lagos.
The group through its Youngsters Series holds programmes targeted at imparting skills to for students and pupils.
The conference, he added, was to help address the unemployment situation in the country.
He said, “The broad spectrum of facilitators has been engaged for robust discussion of issues, to provide credible mentors to participants and for these employers of labour to be at the vanguard of the project’s employment.”
Ajiboye noted that experts to speak at the conference include the Chairman of Juli Pharmacy Plc, Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi; and scholar and politician, Prof. Pat Utomi.
She added, “We deserve to be free. To achieve freedom, we must struggle to free our education. And with a revitalised university system, Nigeria shall be free.”The Chairperson of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University branch of ASUU, Prof. Ike Odimegwu, addressed the Awka rally, which took place around the Freedom Square, Arroma Junction.
Meanwhile, business activities were paralysed at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja and its environs on Monday as over 200 market women protested against the prolonged industrial action.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, MacJohn Nwabiala, received the protesters at the secretariat.
The President of the National Association of Market Women, Mrs. Felicia Sani, coordinated the protest, which started about 11am.
She berated ASUU leaders for making what she described as “outrageous demands from the FG.”
Sani said it was unfair for state-owned universities to earn equal salaries with their federal counterparts, adding that such measures would cripple the economy.
According to her, ASUU’s latest strike has further exposed corruption in the university system, adding that the union’s agitation is politically motivated.
She said, “We have seen their secret, how can state universities be demanding equal salaries with federal universities, they want to close Nigeria down; if we protest they say America, America is over 360 years since it gained independence, we are just 53.”