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PROTOCOL:

1. This morning I stand here in the historic City of Lagos, the Centre of Excellence, to celebrate with the graduands of this important Center for successfully completing their mandatory training programme as Entrepreneurs.

2. I also commend the leadership of the Technology Incubation Centre for their relentless pursuit of excellence and the realisation of the vision for which this Centre was established. I assure you that our nation will not forget your efforts.

3. Today, our dear nation is in serious need for a new beginning. We need to restore hope that we can rebuild our economy to enable us build a more prosperous nation that we all can be proud of. We need to create jobs to enable us recreate and strengthen the middle class which is the engine for social and economic growth, especially for a developing country like Nigeria. We need to rebuild those institutions that will pave way for the emergence of a new Nigeria. We need to strengthen the acquisition and application of technology as an important instrument for national development. Indeed, we need to place greater emphasis on science, engineering, technology and innovation to enable us achieve self reliance, national pride and global acclaim.

4. I am confident that today’s occasion will enable Nigeria chart a new course towards job and wealth creation which can help us rebuild our economy, unite our nation and enhance peace and prosperity, I urge the graduands of this Centre to utilise the benefit of their training to develop the necessary capacity to make them employers of labour and creators of wealth. This will help expand our small and medium scale enterprises and subsequently boost local production for the overall benefit of our beloved country. This will also help create jobs for many and reduce poverty for the common good.

5. Distinguished guests, I believe that Nigeria will be great again. The occasion of today shows that this is possible. The graduands are like seeds which when planted, germinate and grow into big trees. We expect that in the future, some of you will grow in your business to rank among the best. You should always remember these imperishable words: “Arise O Compatriots, Nigeria’s Call Obey; To serve our Fatherland, with love, and Strength and Faith……” I am confident that with greater love of our country, determination and faith in God, you can help our dear nation secure a better future for all. Our forefathers made important contributions and immense sacrifice for us to be an independent country. It is the duty of our generation, you and I, to help make Nigeria a great nation of immense influence in the world.

6. It is important that I state clearly that the APC led Federal Government of President Muhammadu Buhari will encourage the application of technology as an important instrument for national development. This will be done to fight corruption, create wealth, reduce poverty, secure the nation, promote self reliance and awaken national pride that will earn the nation greater respect in the comity of nations.

7. Finally, I thank you all for making this occasion a success. Nigeria, our dear country, has many problems. We have started on the journey to solve many of these problems. I urge you all to remain steadfast and committed to the resolve of the Federal Government to build a new Nigeria that will help Africa and the black world create a new civilization of global acclaim.

Thank you so much.

GOD BLESS NIGERIA.


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