Bayelsa State Governor Douye Diri delivered an inspiring message at the FirstNews 3rd Annual National Public Lecture, underlining the pivotal role of Nigeria’s youth in shaping the nation’s future.
The event, themed “The Nigerian Question: Survival of the Federation in The Throes of Increasing Economic Challenges,” was held on Friday, November 3, in Bayelsa State.
Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Gideon Ekeuwei, Governor Diri stressed the promise that lies ahead for Nigeria, emphasizing that it’s the youth who hold the key to unlocking this potential.
He urged Nigerians to embrace their heritage and channel their concerns into a resolute commitment to develop the nation.
Governor Diri shared the Bayelsa State government’s efforts to harness the green economy and convert natural resources into economic prosperity.
He also stressed the importance of strategic planning for sustained growth and progress at both the national and state levels.
Speaking earlier at the event, Bishop Matthew Kukah noted that Nigeria’s challenges are well-known, and he reminded that it takes citizens and purposeful leaders to address them.
He emphasized that those responsible for the nation’s problems are not immune to suffering.
Samuel Ogbuku, the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), highlighted the need to transform Nigeria’s abundant human resources into wealth.
He underscored the nation’s exceptional potential and the importance of leveraging technology and providing opportunities for youth.
The event featured addresses by David Parrish on the role of creative and cultural industries in addressing economic challenges and Professor Chris Imafidon’s insights into the impact of AI, blockchain, and digital currency on businesses.
The program also included a panel discussion moderated by Boason Omofaye, Head of Business News at Channels TV, providing a platform for participants to engage with the speakers on the challenges facing the country and its citizens.
The panelists, Col. Millard Dikio (rtrd), Dr. Mathew Ayibakuro, and Professor Ali Alao Babatunde, contributed to a balanced discussion on these issues.