The President of African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwumi Adesina, has urged Nigerian youths to strive to acquire entrepreneurial skills so they can brace up to challenges of labour market.
Adesina who made the call while delivering a lecture at the 13th convocation of Bowen University on in Osun state said that it became necessary in view of the need to make graduating students of the institution become entrepreneurs, create businesses, employ others and not job hunters.
“Let’s talk about investing your talents through entrepreneurship. In my days at the university, you got a job immediately after you graduated. Your future was set.
“No longer. The graduate today is graduating into a world of uncertainty.
“Over 13 million young people enter the job market each year but only three million get jobs. Africa will have the largest number of youths joining the labour market by 2030 than all the world taken together,’’ Akinwunmi said.
The AfD0B President also said there was the need for youths to persevere so as to be successful entrepreneurs.
“The key is perseverance, persistence in doing something in spite of difficulty or delay in achieving success,” he added.