By Ike Uchechukwu, Vanguard Newspaper
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The Senate President of Nigeria, Sen. Ahmad Lawan has insisted that Nigeria needs a knowledge-based economy to achieve its desired goals as a Nation saying that the country needs to invest in education as that is the foundation of the development of every country.
The Senate President who is also a presidential aspirant on the platform of the ruling All progressives Congress, APC, asserted Calabar while addressing delegates of the party
His words: “I have gathered a lot of experience as a lawmaker as well as in other areas. I know that there are issues that need to be tackled including security, economy, and so on. We are ready and competent to handle every challenge.
“As a country, we need to create wealth, and employment opportunities. We believe in national development. This race is about improving the lives of Nigeria based on the ideals of our Party.
“Nigeria cannot continue to depend only on oil, there is an urgent need for diversification, and our youths need to be fully part of our economy. We need to invest in education, it is the foundation of the development of every country.
“If you look at a country like Singapore, they had almost nothing, but they invested in their youths through education and that turned their fortunes around.
“We need a knowledge-based economy which can only be built on education as it opens many doors of opportunities, we must invest now.
“The son of a poor person should be able to go to school in Nigeria we are building, this will make our economy better. If we have trained people and intellectual individuals then we will grow beyond imagination
“I have the energy, experience and we have the competence to make Nigeria better, I also believe in teamwork, I believe in working with people who have acquired experiences in various fields and endeavors for us to progress as a country.”
Earlier, Cross River State Governor, Sen. Ben Ayade said that Lawan has been a great partner in the growth and development of the country.
Gov. Ayade noted that the Senate President can handle cases of Boko haram, banditry, and the challenges in the Niger Delta.
“I am also going to work for you if you get the party’s ticket. You have always stood by us as a State,” Ayade said.
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