As part of activities marking 2018 International Youth Day, the Executive Chairman of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) Prof. Muritala Awodun, has charged Nigeria youths to build an innovative capacity in approaching issues or challenges in their immediate environment rather than being creative. He made this statement during an event organized by the Kwara State Government tagged “Inspiring Innovative Thinking towards Self Reliance, Economic Growth and Sustainable Development” at the Kwara State Banquet Hall, Ilorin on Sunday, 12th August 2018.
In his introductory remarks, Prof. Muritala Awodun said everybody has the capacity to be creative because they can see something wrong and are willing to proffer solutions to it. He posited that youths in Nigeria today underutilizing their capacity for innovative thinking which is one of the banes of national development. He added that for someone to be attributed as innovative, such individual must have the ability to act on the identified problems and actualize it without hesitation.
The KW-IRS Executive Chairman gave an address on the restructured Internal Revenue Service as an approach of discussing the theme of the event in relation to its effect on infrastructural development and youth empowerment in Kwara State. He eulogized the courage of the Executive Governor of Kwara state, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed for establishing Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) despite the economic woes faced by Nigeria.
“The transformation of the revenue administration in Kwara state was as a result of innovative thinking of the Executive Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed who noticed the infrastructure gap of N250 billion and took a giant step by revamping the revenue collection process through signing into law the Kwara State Revenue Administration Bill and the Kwara Public Private Partnership Bureau Bill of 2015” Dr Awodun said.
He explained that the restructuring of the revenue service had provided about 700 direct jobs, 2,000 indirect jobs for revenue mobilization and 85 consultants who also have engaged staff to carryout legitimate duties which was as a result of innovative thinking.
In his speech, the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed said under the Kwara Youth Empowerment Program (KWAYEP) program, youths are deployed to various Ministries, Departments and Agencies and private agencies related to their academic background and given hands-on training over a specified period of time. The aim, he said was to provide youths with necessary skills to ensure they are able to compete with their counterparts all over the world.
While noting that youths make up about seventy per cent the country’s total population, Governor Ahmed opined that such population can be the tool for social and economic transformation with the right investment. He assured Kwarans that the State Government will continue to provide an enabling environment for our youths to contribute to the socio-economic development of State.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Youth Empowerment, Alhaji Saka Babatunde advised youths to look beyond engaging in solely public services, but to be creative and be self reliant. He commended Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed for taking youth development as priority.
This year’s International Youth Day celebration held in Kwara which was marked global scale on the featured workshop, performances, lectures and exhibition of various products that were made in Kwara.