By Desmond Ogudu
Governor, State of Osun, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola, has advocated collective approach towards sensitizing the youths in the country to embrace entrepreneurship for the better future of the country.
He said that through this, an army of wealthy people will be created and it is the best direction to go to build a sustainable economic development as a nation.
Governor Oyetola made the appeal on Thursday in Ilesa, at the 2nd Edition of Dr. Lawrence Omole Memorial Lecture Series, with a theme: “Ijesaland – The Milk, the Honey (Collective Approach)”, organised by the
Ijesaland Foundation for Entrepreneurial & Leadership Development.
The lecture according to the organisers, is aimed to draw on the wealth and expertise in our society in the areas of commerce and education and to be the catalyst for the continual industrial development in Ijesaland primarily, to Osun State and Nigeria in general through research, mentoring, networking, training and value added solutions.
The Governor who was represented at the event by his Deputy, Mr. Benedict Alabi, said that embracing this kind of initiative will address unemployment, poverty and hunger.
Mr Oyetola who commended the initiative hinted that adopting this collective approach will put the ijesa people on the world map and serve as a model for other tribes to emulate.
He added that if this is done, Osun as a State will become a place flowing with milk and honey and be a model for others to follow.
Governor Oyetola used the occasion to pay tribute to the late Dr. Lawrence Omole, on whose honour the lecture was organised, whom he described as a distinguished and proud Ijesaman and Nigerian.
He said that the deceased remains a model to Ijesa and Nigerian youths, who lived ahead of his time having embraced entrepreneurship at a time it was strange to the nation as the direction to go to build sustainable economic development.
“The Ijesaland Foundation for Entrepreneurship and Leadership Development will do well to use the life and legacy of the late Dr. Omole to regularly sensitise youths to embrace entrepreneurship in a nation that is just embracing the initiative”.