Vice President Says Africa Must Invest in Education and Technology

Vice president, Yemi Osinbajo has said that Africa, as a continent, must invest in education and technology to overcome poverty.

He made the remark while participating in the commissioning of the $420 million dollars Dangote Cement’s plant in Zambia.

Osinbajo who observed that the problem cuts across the continent however advocated that the only solution is for governments to substantially invest in human capacity development even as he stated the need for African economic integration.

The Vice President who was accompanied to the country by Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole also hailed the wind of democracy blowing across the continent, saying it could ensure political and economic stability, adding that there was a big correlation between development and the stability engendered by free choice of leadership.

He thanked Zambian President Edgar Lungu who received him at the event for providing the enabling environment and about half a billion dollars in a single enterprise in the country and also the ingenuity, hard work and resourcefulness of Dangote group.

Meanwhile, the Presidency has underscored the need to diversify the nation’s economy through a massive food production programme to commence soon.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Sonny Echono, told journalists in Abuja that the programme is aimed at creating huge employment especially among youths across the country.

He noted that the disposition of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration which listed agriculture as critical element in addressing challenges confronting Nigeria stems from the understanding that agriculture remains the only substantially viable sector that can counter unemployment challenge frontally.

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