#End SARS: Foreign Affairs Minister, engages Nigerian University students

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Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, Nigeria’s Minister of foreign affairs, the weekend continued his engagement with Nigerian youths in Enugu his home State.

The reason is the fallout of recent #End SARS peaceful protest following a directive from President Buhari that his ministers should return home and interact with the people.

Recall that Mr Geoffrey Onyeama had earlier held an interactive session with all the stakeholders in the Enugu State, including the indigenous youths, traditional and religious leaders, among others.

According to DAILY POST as at the time of this reports, he has taken the engagement to schools where he interacted with University students.

At both the Godfrey Okoye University and the Coal City University both in Enugu, the minister told the youths that their agitations were appropriate.

Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, however, said the Nigerian Government had already taken decisions to address those concerns.

“A lot of the grievances of the youths are justified, but already the Government has taken steps to address them.

“This Government wants to ensure that the real interest of the youths are protected, and it is committed to doing that. The youths should not be taken for granted,” he said.

Onyeama charged Universities to put more efforts towards innovation, as well as research and development.

He said the students should be made to be job employers upon graduation.

“It is believed that every country should invest 2 per cent of its GPD on research and development, but here in Africa, it’s about 0. point something per cent.

 “So, I encourage universities to invest in research and development. They can no longer depend entirely on the Government for funding. Using intellectual properties, they could get royalties. Many universities get serious royalties through from big companies and multinationals, and this is a product of research and development.

“We also need culture direction. Students should not just be prepared to be employed but have entrepreneurial skills. If you look at most successful individuals today, you will find that wealth was created not through employment but innovation.

“Universities should not be bringing out people looking for white-collar jobs but people who through themselves will create jobs through innovation and intellectual property,” he stated.

At the Coal City University, Prof. Afam Icha Ituma, the Vice-Chancellor, while welcoming the minister, pleaded with him to endow a prize for the best student in history diplomatic studies and the best students in political science and.

He was received at the Godfrey Okoye University by Rev. Fr. Prof. Christian Anieke the Vice-Chancellor.

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