The former Chief Whip of the upper chamber of the National Assembly, Sen. Mr Roland Owie, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure adequate provision for young Nigerians in terms of access to qualitative education and employment opportunities.
Owie made the call on Sunday after being inducted as a member of the Chorister of St. Albert Catholic Church at the Ugbowo campus of the University of Benin.
The former senator said it was the only way to guarantee Nigeria’s exit from among the poorest nations of the world.
He lamented that in spite of the enormous resources available in the country, it is being mismanaged by a few while the majority continue to suffer.
He said the government of the defunct Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), did it in the then Bendel State (now Edo and Delta states) and urged current governments to make adequate provision for the youths of the country.
“By 1979 to 80s, students will just graduate from the university and you just go there and take their car loans and be working.
“The UPN government between 1979 and 1983 in Bendel, now Edo and Delta states, ensured that even teacher training students were paid N4,000 a month, while there were free education and free health.
“These were done properly, but today only God will help us.
“Certainly, all of us, everybody that is at the corridor of power, should know that whatever they don’t do well, they will answer before their creator,” he said.
He also cautioned youths to shun drugs and cultism which he said would ruin them and their families.
“I have to appeal to these children that the ultimate danger and destruction for cultism and drugs is that the life of the child will no longer be okay so the best bet is that they shouldn’t destroy the life that God has given to them, they avoid cultism, they should avoid the drug.
“Buhari now has the opportunity, the last four years for him to ensure that these stop.
“Nigeria has now rated the 92nd poorest nation in the world.
“He should empower the youths because once the youths are empowered, they won’t be outside looking for trouble,” he stated.
On why he chose to become a chorister, Owie, accompanied by his wife, Helen, said “one important thing that we should know, there are three things God gave to human beings; talent, time and treasure.
“These three must be used to uplift His holy name.
“So, if you have talent in anything, you have to give to God, if you don’t use them for the welfare and growth of God, you will answer for them at the appropriate time.
“That is why I was attracted to be part of the chorister. St Augustine was very clear that those who sing well pray twice.”