Senate President Bukola Saraki on Monday advised government at all levels to focus less on oil and pay more attention to developing human resources.
Speaking when he awarded scholarship to 73 first class Kwara graduates 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 barrels of oil, they worth more than tantalite.”
Saraki who hosted the graduates and their parents to a dinner on Sunday’s night at his GRA residence, Ilorin, 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.
He praised the parents of the beneficiaries for ensuring that their children have good education and 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.
A special prayer was also held at Saraki’s resident to mark his birthday.
The prayer was led by the Chief iImam of Ilorin,Sheik Mohammed Bashir.
The prayer session attracted dignitaries including members of the two chambers of National Assembly, the state’s Assembly, top government functionaries and supporters of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
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