I worked as taxi driver, security to survive – Fayemi

Former Governor of Ekiti state and current Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has urged Nigerian graduates to “quit whining” and take opportunities that flourish around them.

Mr Fayemi, who spoke at the 2016 Convocation Lecture of the University of Lagos yesterday, disclosed he had once worked as a taxi driver and a security guard.

“You have to be prepared to bend backwards and do what you might consider to be beneath you, because of the bigger picture. When you consider my resume today, you might see the prestigious organisations I have been privileged to work with. What you need to know, however, is that as a UNILAG graduate and a postgraduate student in the United Kingdom, I have also driven taxis and worked as a security guard, among several other menial jobs I did in the past to survive.

“You need to get off your high horses, quit whining and start doing, for yourselves and for our country. If something angers you so much, instead of whining, think hard about possible solutions and do something about it,” he said.

Fayemi also called for a reappraisal of higher institutions in the country stressing that universities must be equipped not only to support academic work, but to provide other tools needed to make their graduates independently minded.

He said, “In contemplating the challenges of leadership and development in Nigeria therefore, we have to critically reappraise our educational institutions and make necessary interventions to ensure they not only have adequate funding, world class physical structures, and functional teaching equipment, but also the right social environment that supports the education of the total man.”

He decried what he called “misplaced emphasis on certificates” which prevents students from “imbibing critical life skills that ought to have been learnt concurrently with (their) academic studies.”

Earlier, the Chairman of the occasion, Major General Ike Nwachukwu (retired), challenged young people to take up leadership roles, while also urging members of the older generation to give young people a chance.


4 thoughts on “I worked as taxi driver, security to survive – Fayemi

  1. Fayemi, why not tell yourself the truth, where and when did you drive taxi? i use to see you like a sincere person, but starting from today, i start seeing like the biggest liar on earth. No wonder you lost to Fayose in your second tenure election.


  2. A taxi driver turns to a government office holder. what a menace. I don’t think you feet to hold any political office cause if truly you’re formerly a driver, your mates are still at the garage


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