SEALS 2019 - A speech by NANS Chairman, Akwa Ibom Axis

An Address Presented by the Chairman, National Association of Nigerian Students,(NANS) Joint Campus Committee Akwa Ibom State Axis, Comr. Ekanem Utibe Jnr, during The students Entrepreneurial and leadership summit SEALS 2019

I'm delighted to speak on this occasion organized for students on the need to gain Entrepreneurial skills while in school. This programme is tagged the Students' Entrepreneurial and Leadership Summit, with the theme, "Education, Panacea for Sustainable Development."
Today, the expectation of having a white collar job is gradually fading off as graduates of higher institute of learning faced stiff competition in the labour market due to limited vacancy.
The issue of unemployment is not only biting, but concerns everyone and can only be ameliorated by promoting and sustaining entrepreneurial studies in our tertiary institutions, to give students multifaceted skills to explore after graduation.
This is why organizing programme of this nature is deemed necessary on campuses to sensitize students on the need to inculcate entrepreneurial spirit not to depend on the scarce white collar job after graduation.
Entrepreneurship is an essential cog in the economy, without it the economy can not function efficiently. Entrepreneurship too, is undoubtedly, one of the key solutions to the challenges facing Nigeria today, especially, youth restiveness which has resulted in militancy. Of course there are little or no white collar jobs, but if greater emphasis is placed on entrepreneurship in our school, especially by the government, it will help our graduates to be meaningfully engaged and it will in the long run, reduce most of the challenges facing our Nation and state today.
Seals 2019 is targeted towards eradicating poverty in the students community, but encouraging students to learn different skills while in school. It is time for us to believe in the power of our own, by discovering our talent and striving to make positive impact in our societies.
This generation is talented and
I believe that talent can change a lot of situations in our dear State, Akwa Ibom. We need to discover our talents and apply these talents to solve specific problems affecting people in the society.
As students, we can form entrepreneurial groups, to learn different skills. There is nothing more powerful than a committed group of people who sit down to chat a way forward and bring solutions to persistent problems.
Commitment is very vital in entrepreneurship and leadership. It is the only key for achieving success and desired changes in our society. When we Students unite and get committed to a cause, we can achieve something great.
Aside entrepreneurship, let us understand that as if we must ensure sustained development, we must end the conspiracy of silent personal hatred and differences in the students community.
I call for action among students and a more responsive media and active citizens to hold leaders accountable. This is where the quest for sustainable change must begin. Leaders are not in power to be feared; rather to serve. I encourage students to hold their leaders accountable. We students are powerful but we should use our powers to take responsibility for driving change in the society.

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Let me use this opportunity to appreciate everyone who has contributed to the success this great event because it will impact much on students and as well change the orientation and expectations of being employed by government and luxury organizations once they done with school.
I salute Amb. Vincent de Landro for his love and support and for being our Special Guest at SEALS 2019.
Special thanks to our capacity Grand Patron, Dr Ubong King for being a back bone to this Association. God bless you, Sir.
Many thanks to the Rector and Management of Akwa Ibom State College of Science and Technology for standing by me. My boss, Comrade Akwaowo Clifford and the entire Nigerian Students, thank you all.
To all the participants, I won't say thank you, but congratulations for coming. I urge you to grab this golden opportunity and make good use of it.
God bless Nigerian Students,
God bless Akwa Ibom State,
May God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria".

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