ABUJA: Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma, has charged Nigerian youths to strive to become creative thinkers, stating that ideas now rule the world.
Uzodinma, who gave the charge on the International Youth Day event organised by the Catholic Youth Organisation of Nigeria (CYON) of the Holy Trinity Parish, Maitama in Abuja, urged the youth not just to rely on the service sector of the economy as the only source of employment.
In his words, “You must strive to see how you can become creative thinkers. You must conceive ideas even as individuals or groups.
“I urge you to develop ideas so that you can get our buy-in. Through that medium, we can have an economy that will easily be diversified and our nation will be better for it.
“What rule the world now are ideas and these are conceived by people. Once they are conceived and marketed, people will buy into them. So, as you grow, you don’t just rely on the service sector of the economy as the only way of being employed”, he said.
He, noted also, that the revenue in the coffers of government cannot cater for everybody’s interests, adding that there is need for a real society where the youth contribute their quota towards national development.
According to him, “This is the kind of society I want us to see, because the reality of today is that what is in the coffers of government is not enough to take care of everybody’s interest. So we have to expand; we have to expand the scope of existence and engagement.
“We want to go into a real society where young men and women will be seen as not only relying on heritage alone but also having a way of contributing their own quota, individually or collectively, towards national development”, he added.
Notably, he called on Catholic youth to draw motivation from the orientation of the Catholic Church and the provisions of the canon regulations, and to become liberal, showing love to neighbours, eschewing violence and designing roadmaps to economic and political leadership.
“It is my view that we are rolling over leadership too much. People must come to the dancing arena, dance easily and within a short period.
“Let it be a beautiful dance and then give space for the younger once to come, so that, over time, those that danced before us will go into the advisory role and begin to advise the society, the leadership and the government on what they think.”
While reminding the youth that the world has become a global village, he advised them to emulate those countries that have gone ahead, learn how they succeeded and to domesticate their local circumstances.
“There is no need to use a local model as the basis for your developmental comparison. You should pick the best, go to the apogee of development and look at those who are there, the participants, and then go through their history, find out how they manage.
“Then you can now domesticate how they managed in their local circumstances and also use that as a climbing ladder and you will be home and dry”, he remarked.
He emphasized that there is no rocket science to development, rather, commitment and dedication is needed to succeed.