Don Tasks Nigerian Youth On Job Creation

unemploymentA United States university don, Professor Ruth Okediji has called on Nigerian youths to contribute to the diversification of the economy by leveraging on opportunities available in the Information Communications Technology (ICT) sector, to reduce unemployment in the country.

The University of Minnesota law professor gave this charge at a two-day workshop on Nigerian Copyright and Digital economy organised by Goggles with support from African Centre for Civil Education (ACCE) and the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) in Lagos.

Speaking on the importance of ICT, the don disclosed that founders of Facebook and Microsoft were job creators and urged Nigerian youths to emulate them instead of engaging in dubious activities on-line.

Professor Okediji described Nigerian youths are smart, intelligent and hardworking and enjoined them to use their brains, phones, Ipad, tablets and internet facilities to do genuine businesses.

She disclosed that young people across the globe are the ones driving the digital economy to grow and called on Nigerian youths to up their games in the sector. Okediji called for less dependence on the oil and gas sector, and attention to be focused on ICT sector to build the economy and create new jobs.

According to her, the shift is necessary as the recurring slide in oil prices across the globe has continued to create distortions in the domestic economy, adding that unemployment, inflation and others would reduce to its barest level if the manufacturing sector picks up.

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