Recession: Saraki seeks emphasis on human capital development

By Toyin Durosinlohun, Ilorin

Senate President Bukola Saraki has urged government at all levels to focus less on oil and pay more attention to developing human resources.

Saraki said this on Monday when he awarded scholarship to 73 first class graduates from his home state of Kwara to mark his 54th birthday.

He said, “We spent a lot of time talking about oil but we spend less talking about the most important resources. What we have before us worth more than many barrel of oil, they worth more than tantalite.”

Saraki had hosted the graduates and their parents to a dinner on Sunday’s night in his GRA residence in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital where he observed that the disciplines in which the graduates bagged their First Class honours were “very difficult disciplines”.

The feat, he noted suggested that Nigeria is blessed with promising future leaders just as he praised the parents of the beneficiaries for ensuring that their children have good education.

Saraki, however challenged other parents to take the education of their children and wards seriously for the betterment of the country.

“There is a lot we can do in this state if we focus on our human resources,we don’t have oil in kwara state but our human resources is more than oil”,he said.

In his address,the project manager, Saraki Employment and Empowerment Centre (SEC), Yinka Adeyeye, said the initiative which was first of its kind in the state,was the senate’s president’s vision of nurturing future leaders.

He listed the disciplines where the beneficiaries distinguished themselves to include eleven first class graduates in mathematics, six in Economics; six in Biochemistry; four in Civil Engineering; three in computer science, statistics, Microbiology amongst others.

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