National leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has donated a centre for leadership development worth N1 billion to the Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo.
LASU vice chancellor, Prof Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, announced the donation at the 25th convocation lecture titled, “Global Trends: The Rightful Place of Nigerians in the World”.
Tinubu, who was represented at the event by Dr Obafemi Hamzat, deputy governor of Lagos State, urged government support for strategic industries that would employ young people and unleash their productive capacities.
He said government backing of strategic manufacturing and industries would open the door wider to youth-owned start-up businesses.
“National industrial and employment policies must jump from the pages of documents and come to real life. This will help to reform the society to improve the economic prospects of young people in it.
“We need a new more convivial way, a way that gives you the right start at a fair chance of durable prosperity.
“This is the moral duty of progressive government to resurrect a flagging economy; to do what the private sector cannot do by itself,” Tinubu said.
He added that no longer should the nation’s compass remain pointed towards poverty instead of prosperity, and towards lack instead of abundance.
At the convocation, 76 people bagged doctoral degrees while honourary doctorate awards were conferred on eminent personalities, including the governor of Kano State, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, and his Borno State counterpart, Professor Babagana Umaru Zulum, who was represented by his deputy, Umar Usman Gadaffi.
The event was graced by important personalities and monarchs, including the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, white cap chiefs and other traditional rulers.