Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has challenged graduates of the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI), Effurun, near Warri, Delta State to become employers of labour, instead of seeking paid employment.
kachikwu spoke at the convocation ceremony for the award of Diplomas, Certificate and prizes for the 2012/2013; 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 academic session of PTI held at the institute’s conference centre weekend.
He said with the crash in the price of petroleum products at the International Market, there was no way government can provide employment for everybody.
Consequently, he said, it is the duty of all to invest in one form of business or the other to produce, adding that most countries are great today because citizens depend less on government and produce for their own consumption.
He enjoined families to set up businesses as the only way the country can move forward, adding that everybody has to contribute to the growth of the country, even as he stated that the country is blessed with natural resources and “it is our duty to exploit it for the betterment of the country”.
According to the Minister, too much emphasis has been placed on the government which has killed the spirit of hard-work and creativity and charged the graduants not to allow the system drag them down, but move on to achieve success in their endeavour, even as he enjoined government to create the enabling environment for individuals and corporate bodies to succeed in their businesses.
Principal of Petroleum Training Institute, PTI, Effurun, Prof. Sunny E. Iyuke applauded the graduants and informed them that they have joined the league of mobile alumni who can compete favorably with their peers, both locally and internationally.
“Your training has given you an edge to compete and surpass expectations in a globally competitive market”, he assured.