Poju Oyemade Asks FG To Invest In Education, Vocational Training

The Senior Pastor of The Covenant Nation, Pastor Poju Oyemade


The Senior Pastor of The Covenant Nation, Lagos, Pastor Poju Oyemade, has asked the Federal Government to invest in the nation’s education sector and the vocational training of Nigerians.

He made the call on Friday in Abuja during The Platform’s Independence Anniversary event, an annual programme that features professionals from different fields.

According to him, wealthy nations only focus on developing the skills of their citizens and those who are capable of doing things that only a few people on the earth can do.

Nations that have developed their citizens’ skills, he said, attract material capital with a special focus on the unseen while other countries focus on the seen.

“If we really know what the wealth is, then the first thing we will look at for in this country is our educational system,” he said.

“The second thing we will look out for is how much specialised vocational training is going to produce highly skilled people.”

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Oyemade, citing a recent report, said some countries (including Nigeria) have governing policies that give a negative intangible capital.

He faulted Nigerian politicians who only understand the language of power and how to sustain it, decrying the level of corruption level in the country.

“The only two things politicians – who are the decision makers – understand is how do we get to power and the second language they understand is, ‘if we are in power, how do we hold unto it?’” Oyemade said.

“This is the language and voices that politicians who can change things understand. Once they understand that these are the ideas that will make them gain power, they will implement them. It has very little to do with compassion but with power.”

Pastor Oyemade, who is the convener of the Platform, was the keynote speaker at the event.

Others speakers included the Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business, Jumoke Oduwole; Lagos State Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Samuel Egube; and a former Chairperson of the Democratic Party (US), Donna Brazile,

Chief Economist with the New York City Economic Development Corporation, Professor Fred Oyewale; the Co-founder/CEO of Indicina – a FinTech infrastructure start-up focused on Africa, Yvonne Johnson; a writer and accountant, Feyi Fawehinmi, were also part of the programme.

Platform 2021: Is Devolution Of Powers The Solution To Nigeria’s Problem?


The Platform, a series of events designed to facilitate growth in the areas of personal capacity, productivity and National Development within Nigeria, is hosted by the Senior Pastor of Covenant Nation, Poju Oyemade.

The 2021 edition currently being held in Iganmu, Lagos, is themed ‘Is Devolution Of Powers The Solution To Nigeria’s Problem?’

Below are some of our live tweets from the event:


The Platform Advocates People Driven Economic Development

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The Platform Convener, Pastor Poju Oyemade.

The Nigerian government has been tasked on the need for economic growths that are driven by people and not the government.

Speakers at a press conference preceding the 11th/13th edition of a global media event, The Platform, made the appeal on Thursday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

They believe the growth is not achievable unless Nigerians begin to find capital in obvious places that have previously been overlooked and draw resources out of those things.

The Convener, Pastor Poju Oyemade, said that it was high time Nigerians were guided towards discovering the numerous opportunities they hold in their hands and tap into what was thought to be dead capital.

He added that this edition of The Platform would focus on technology, SMES as economic vehicles, arts and entertainment, as well as how to use the power of data to unlock national potentials.

In his speech, the Managing Director of Brava Energy, Harold Obasohan, said that discussions on public education and enlightenment were necessary to bring about economic changes that are people driven and not government.

He added that citizens must move ahead and dictate what government brings at every point.

An international media consultant, Linus Idahosa, also stressed that Nigerians must learn the principle of starting out work for free and building strong clientele base, irrespective of their discipline or economic disposition.

The event is designed to facilitate growth in the areas of personal capacity and productivity towards national development.

It will also examine the untapped ability in the numerous assets of the country, which are capable of growth and can generate surplus as well as encourage Nigerians to disregard obvious challenges and aim for success.