Thursday, December 15, 2016

Igbo youths have no reason being poor in 21st century - Ekeh

The Chairman, Zinox Group, Dr. Leo-Stan Ekeh, has challenged thousands of Nigerian youth, young professionals and students, especially those of Igbo extraction to embrace the numerous opportunities for wealth creation which abounds with the growing pace of digital revolution and the knowledge economy, saying they do not have any reason to be poor in 21st century, reports ITRealms.

Speaking at the Imo State University (IMSU) Auditorium on Monday in what observers tagged a mega entrepreneurship summit with the theme 'The ABC of wealth creation and sustenance in the 21st Century' organized by IMSU and the Alumni Association in partnership with pioneer composite e-commerce outfit Yudala, noting that wealth has become a right for all in the 21st Century.

The summit witnessed by the Executive Governor of Imo State represented by the Speaker, Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Acho Ihim; Vice Chancellor, Imo State University, Prof. Mrs. Adaobi Obasi, other principal officers of the University as well as several first class traditional rulers and other dignitaries, saw Dr. Ekeh, who featured as the Guest Speaker at the event decrying the attitude to quality education among many Igbo youths.

According to him this has become a generational problem which he traced to parents who erroneously assumed that education delays the progress of a man.

“The political leadership of the South East for decades has bemoaned the falling enrolment in schools. However, the mindset among many seems to be: Why do we need formal education when all we have to do is find the fastest way of making clean money? ‘Make ye wealth first and all the rest shall be added unto you’ or drawn straight from the Bible in the book of Wisdom – ‘money answereth all’.

“This mindset should change to ‘knowledge answers all’. In the 21st Century knowledge is your right and is the most important capital before cash.

“Wealth creation would always be about generating material values and accumulating same but the knowledge economy says to us that the processes must change. These tools are to be used to reorganize society and fire innovation. The knowledge economy has shrunk the global village even further and our aspirations must rise above the tripod of Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo battle for supremacy," he submitted.

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