Daily Trust (Abuja)

4 February 2013

Nigeria: Country Urged to Move to Market Driven Economy

Kaduna — Nigeria needs to move from a public sector driven economy to a market sector driven economy with a view to creating more jobs for the teeming youths, the Managing Director of MBS Merchants Limited, Alhaji Misbahu Bello Sani has said.

Speaking in an interview with Daily Trust shortly after receiving an award from the National Association of Nigerian Students in Kaduna, Sani blamed the attitude of Nigerian youths towards entrepreneurship to the unemployment rate in the country.

He said: "Today, all what undergraduates are looking forward to is finishing school and getting a government job where they can get big money for doing nothing.

"Part of our problem in Nigeria is that we are somehow half educated, we have to start thinking of how to move Nigeria from a public sector driven economy to a market sector driven economy, we should be able to provide jobs for ourselves and not wait for white collar jobs."

He said that he has never worked in any government agency or parastatal.

Sani said: "I have never been a civil servant because all my life I have been training to be independent, to work for myself, to encourage people to work for themselves and I believe we can achieve that because there is no point for us to be looking for white collar jobs when we could be doing so much for ourselves."

"The opportunities are endless because there is no longer the European or American dream but the Nigerian dream so we need to be properly educated because when you are educated you are liberated and when you are liberated you will be able to be innovative by turning something out of nothing.

"We have to continue to contribute our quota and we have to continue to help the less privileged in the society because we strongly believe education is liberation and by doing so the country will develop and the people will have a better standard of living."

On his part, the chairman, Award Committee NANS, a student of Kadpoly, Comrade Abdulsalam Kazim faulted the state of education in Nigeria saying it is unacceptable.

"As potential leaders of tomorrow, accredited partners in contemporary progress and above all natural representatives of the wretched masses, but whose voices cannot be heard, the present uncertainty in the education sector is completely unacceptable as evidenced in the gruesome murder of our students in Mubi as well as in Port Harcourt," he said.

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