The Chairman, Federal Government Task Force on Monitoring & Enforcement of Nigerian Expatriate Business Permit and Expatriate Quota Administration and Special Adviser to the Minister of Interior, Hon Bola Ilori has advised Nigerian youths to be visible and resourceful in whatever they find themselves doing.
Added that they can make meaning of their lives despite the obvious difficulties and challenges that threaten everyone in Nigeria.
Ilori said this during an interactive session organized by The Ondo Ekimogun Youth Congress, which is the umbrella body of all youth groups in Ondo Kingdom, Ondo State, where Bola Ilori hails from. The event took place on 27th April 2021 at the Oba Adesanoye Civic Centre, Ondo.
The interactive session which had as its theme “Opportunities For Ondo Youths in Skill Acquisition and Capacity Building” was organized specifically to engage Bola Ilori as a Government Representative and eminent politician who has risen consistently in influence in the Nigerian political space in the last 22 years of Nigerian democracy. His experience and counsel are adjudged as those that may guide the path of younger generation Nigerians who also wish for great exploits in a highly competitive world.
Ilori denied not the security challenges in Nigeria, the high rate of youth unemployment, inadequate electricity services, and more, but said that the government is taking critical steps to address the issues in sustainable ways.
On the efforts of the Ministerial Task Force which he Chairmans, Ilori expressed optimism that his Task Force will make jobs more available for Nigerians by ensuring that Expatriate Quota Administration becomes more effective. Maintaining that the law on Expatriate Quota administration in Nigeria had been there but was not executed. With his Task Force interventions on the quota administration in Nigeria in the last few months, graduate employment had opened for more Nigerians in many private companies across the country. According to Ilori, the Expatriate law states that for every expatriate employed by any expatriate company, a minimum of two Nigerians must be employed as understudies, The plan is primarily for the purpose of technology transfer and by extension “nigerianisation” of such companies.
When asked how he became a prominent politician in Lagos state and Osun State from his twenties, Ilori said ‘’Lagos was where it was easier for young people to prove their distinction and be visible to the world irrespective of their tribal leaning, social status, and religion, the only requirements for anyone to rise to limelight in Lagos State are demonstrable skills, competence, capacity, and character’’ Ilori further stressed that it is even becoming much easier and faster today with the prevalence of social media and rising internet penetration.
He admonished the youth that there are still opportunities in technical skills such as underwater welding, forex, coding, branding, graphics, content writing, research, and many more. With a caveat that the youth need only to be deliberate on what they want to achieve, pointing that no national excuse can be sufficient for personal failure.
When asked if he has any political ambition, Ilori said this period is not a political period but the only ambition he has is for Bola Tinubu to become president of Nigeria come 2023. The Coordinator 1 of the Ondo Ekimogun Youth Congress Mr. Olusola Akinbinu appreciated the time spent with the youth. Akinbinu sought more support from Ilori for the youth of Ondo Kingdom in specific terms for Technical Skills Capacity Building programs and other influences that may be necessary. Ilori appreciated the Kabiyesi, Oba (Dr.) Victor Kiladejo CFR, the Osemawe of Ondo Kingdom, represented in the occasion by the Logbosere of Ondo Kingdom, Chief Razak Famuditimi, for giving the youth an organized platform for expression. He also appreciated the Ondo Development Committee, using Dr (Mrs) Bridget Awosika, Chairman Ondo Ekimogun Youth Advisory Committee as a contact.