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Subsidy removal, challenge Nigeria must experience – Soludo



The Governor of Anambra State, Chukwuma Soludo, has said the removal of subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit popularly known as petrol, and the current floating of the naira are some of the disruptive changes Nigeria must undergo before it will emerge “victorious”. The former governor of Nigeria’s apex bank also stressed the need for the country to embrace its greatest resource which he said is “human capital.”

The governor noted that the country must focus on the future while jettisoning the “old order”. He also stressed the need for a thorough embrace of technology which according to him will provide more opportunities for youths in society.

According to a statement made available to our correspondent in Abuja on Thursday, Soludo made the disclosure during the commissioning of the Solution Innovation District in Awka, the state capital.He said, “The world may be going east or west, but Nigeria must go through necessary disruptive changes. The removal of subsidy and the floating of exchange rate are just some of these changes. It is quite auspicious that we are opening this district at this critical time.

“Our greatest resource is our human capital, and we want to mine it to its infinite elasticity. Only those who can see tomorrow. Only those who plan and work towards it can control the future. I ask our youths to look up to opportunities in these ongoing disruptive changes.

“In a digital age, human capital appreciates with continuous usage. We must keep on innovating and acquiring multiple scalable skills to control the future. We want the youths and children of Ndi Anambra to be prepared for this future- invention, innovation, and technology,” Governor Soludo said.Speaking further, Soludo noted that the state would empower youths in the state to ensure that they control the future and become world champions.

“We must focus on tomorrow. The old order is gone, so let’s not cry to bring it back. We are empowering and training our youths to control the future and become champions of the world.

“Technology is our mantra. We want to get technology to become our culture. Everything is technology and technology is everywhere. The 0.01 criminals that cause a nuisance in our society cannot define us. They are completely insignificant,” the Governor stressed.

Earlier, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Innovation and Business Incubation, Chinwe Okoli thanked the Governor for his commitment in actualizing the vision which she explained is quite timely.“Solution Innovation District is a platform for you to innovate, create, ideate, invent, and give your talents the wings to fly. Yes, many of you here are a bundle of talents. You can create wonderful solutions and guess what? Now is the time with S.I.D. SID is a place where you think outside the box, think even without a box, Think big and Explore your immense potential.”