18 December 2011, Sweetcrude, BENIN – EDO State governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole weekend in Benin said that said the future of the country depends on the quality of its human resources and not by its natural resources.
The governor, who spoke at the Benson Idahosa University, Benin where he was conferred with Honorary Doctorate of Science (D.Sc) in Political Science, said what determines the greatness of a nation was the quality of its human resources.
According to him, “therefore, private universities such as Benson Idahosa University ought to benefit from Federal grants. A University in so many ways contributes to the development of the society, so should benefit from government support”.
The governor while expressing dismay at the level of unemployment in the country however said that President Goodluck Jonathan appreciates that this economy must create jobs and appealed to the graduands to appreciate that the problem of unemployment was being solved adding that “ at the state level we are working on it”.
Oshiomhole who explained that there is no perfect country however urged the people not to give up on the nation, saying Nigeria must work.
“We have not solved all the problems of Edo State but we have shown that the people are in charge. No state will have the resources to do what it wants but with the right ideas and plans, you will find the resources to work for the people”, he said.
In a citation, the Benson Idahosa University said its decision to honour Governor Oshiomhole was based on his “political sagacity and his commitment to changing the face of governance in the state by revamping and providing the needed infrastructure which has repositioned the state as one which is now the envy of others.”