Dr. Tayo Ademola, Vice Chancellor and President of Babcock University in Ogun state has charged African youths to shun all forms of social vices like thuggery, kidnappings and robbery, among others.
Dr. Ademola stated this at the third session of the 2019 Babcock International Model United Nations Conference which was themed ‘Innovation as a pathway to integration and development: Challenges of a dynamic Africa”.
The conference was held at the university’s main campus in Ilishan-Remo, Ogun state.
While addressing the over 350 delegates from about 20 African countries, Ademola urged the government to create an enabling environment for the youths to rise to leadership.
The VC, who was flanked by Ronald Kayanja, United Nations Country Director of Communications urged the students against being tools in the hands of politicians.
“The implication, therefore, is that government globally should create an enabling environment for the youths to rise to leadership positions.
“It is, however, sad that many youths are now involved in armed robbery, kidnapping and other vices. Let me remind you and pass the message around and loud that you should not allow anybody to despise your youth, use you to achieve their selfish political agenda.
“I have no doubt that the communique of this conference will be engaging and invite governments’ attention in Africa to rise up to create a better enabling environment for youths to occupy positions of prominence in Africa and beyond,” he stated.
Kayanja, while addressing the students, harped on the need to mobilise resources from all sectors, including the government, private sector, multinational corporations, international organisations and individuals to ensure there was even development in all countries across the world.
He added that that the many challenges facing Africa could be eradicated if innovations by Africans were brought in to complement regional and global integration.