Fashola Charges Students On Creativity, Nation Building


Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), has charged students of Federal College of Education (Technical), Akoka, Lagos State, to be creative and use skills learned from the school to transform Nigeria.

Fashola, who stated this at the 38th convocation lecture of the college, said the graduands are the next set of people that will transform Nigeria to a great nation.

He said: “You are the next set of Nigerians who will occupy the frontline in the process of building our country. That in part, is why the school was set up. A place to prepare the next set of leaders, your leadership responsibility started the day your education started. You are not just leaders of tomorrow, you have become leaders already. With your training here, how far you go on the leadership ladder is now a matter of your own choice and how you react to opportunities.”

He added that Nigeria has a lot to offer the youths if they take good advantage of available opportunities.

“Nigeria has roads, refineries and gas pipelines; it has scores of minerals in massive quantities to process, millions of tons of agricultural produce to process, preserve and package, buildings, machines, equipment and assets to develop, rehabilitate, maintain, repair and preserve.

“I’m equally curious to find out how many of you see yourselves as possibly being among those that Mr President was referring to when he talked about opportunities for young technicians, artisans, vendors and suppliers, as well as small businesses and cottage industries,” the minister said.

Fashola commended the parents, guardians and graduands for the feat. “I share your sense of pride on this day, May your labour not be in vain.”


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