According to the Federal Government, there is an increased need for young individuals with technological expertise to address global issues.
The Minister of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy, Dr. Bosun Tijani, made this statement during the Federal University of Technology’s (FUTA) 33rd convocation lecture in Akure.
The minister said that in order for the nation to advance, three crucial industries—agriculture, manufacturing, and services—must be recognised and developed further. These industries have formed the basis for the GDP calculation since 1980.
The minister, whose lecture was tagged “Knowledge and research as a foundation for a prosperous economy”, said universities of technology must rise more to the challenges of technological advancement in the country.
Tijani said universities must be creators of jobs through technological advancement and urged students to embrace self-investment.
”With the level of water body we have, fishery is not growing; we depend on importation of fish.
“Financial institutions have done very well, but not as we expected them to have grown.
“We are not applying knowledge and innovation; we are expecting to fish like our forefathers did in the last few years.
“Forestry is suffering the same thing;
The purpose of attending university is to create and spread information in a way that will benefit the nation, not only to obtain a degree, the speaker stated.
Prior to this, FUTA Vice Chancellor Prof. Adenike Oladiji stated that the celebration had begun the previous week and that the minister’s invitation was one of the events planned to commemorate the 33rd anniversary.
Oladiji stated that the purpose of the convocation was to present the institution as a knowledge fortress and to express gratitude for having brought the minister to Akure for the first time. (NAN)