The Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says Nigeria’s progress is largely dependent on truthfulness, integrity and moral uprightness of the youths.
Osinbajo made the remarks at the maiden edition of South-West Regional Youths Summit held in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.
He said Nigerians must be truthful and honest in their dealings to move the country forward and set it on the part of progress in all ramifications.
Osinbajo who noted that Nigeria, as a nation-state had lost many international partners due to lack of integrity and trust said corruption has been responsible for an array of problems being faced by the country.
”If corruption could be tackled, 70 per cent of Nigeria’s problems would be solved without blemish”.
“Any nation that fails to uphold integrity as the focal point of its principle and ideology will always fail. The values of integrity and hard work are necessary for the development of our nation,” he said.
The Vice – President advised the youths to embrace the virtues of diligence, self-development and culture of starting small before moving to a greater level in life.
“You don’t have to cheat or steal to be successful in life; you must be ready to convert your challenges into opportunities.”
Osinbajo urged the youths in the Western region to support the 25-year development agenda for the region as well as the development of the nation at large.
In a remark, the state Governor, Rauf Aregbesola said the summit was important to chart a positive course for the development of the region.
He regretted that it was painful that the Western region could not feed itself despite the abundant human resources, adding that the regional leaders must consciously address the challenge through policy statements.
In the same vein, Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State said the summit was aimed at promoting and enhancing the future of the western region and charged the participants to be relentless in their quest to develop the region through creative ideas and innovations.
Also speaking, the Osun State Commissioner for Regional Integration, Mr Bola Ilori noted that the summit was critical to repositioning the western region for the future.
Ilori said the summit provided a platform for interaction and participation of the youths in the development of the 25-year master plan for the region, stressing their importance to the implementation and actualisation of the developmental plan for the region.
The Acting Director-General of Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN), Mr Seye Oyeleye also emphasised the importance of the inputs of the youth to the success of the regional master plan.
By Adeyinka Aremu, Osogbo