Obanikoro calls for students’ participation in leadership
By Tope Templer Olaiya
STUDENTS of tertiary institutions have been encouraged to participate actively in selecting the next set of Nigeria’s leaders. Former Minister of State for Defence and governorship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, advised the students of Distance Learning Institute (DLI) at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) on Monday not to be a bystander in the emerging democratic process in the country.
“You must be an active participant in selecting the country’s leaders across all levers of leadership and further aspire to be part of Nigeria’s budding public service. Examples abound of youths who have excelled in leadership in Nigeria. You have the drive and the energy. Though tomorrow begins with you, the tomorrow we all hope for starts today,” he counseled.
Obanikoro, who told his audience that success in the global village, is measured by knowledge, promised to make education his priority if given the mandate of Lagosians.
“Every invention in the world today is a bye product of knowledge. According to an American scholar, Ralph Stockman, ‘the larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder.’ My major investment would be education because I want to challenge our young people to dream and create.
“As part of our educational policies, I will create a scheme for indigent students so our brightest citizens would not have to drop out of school to achieve their dreams.
“Growing up, my parents had to struggle to keep me in public school because the opportunity was there. That is the opportunity I want to restore for the benefit of the majority of Lagosians because if I had dropped out of school, I would not be were I am today,” he said.
Obanikoro further pledge his commitment to the Distance Learning Institute by donating N500,000 to the students’ association youth empowerment fund.