Fashola gave this charge while speaking at the 2012 NYSC batch B orientation camp, Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos. According to her, “while you are here on this orientation camp, it is time to think of the way out of your financial predicament, even when you are doing something, you can also occupy yourself with some other things.”
She stated that there are many odd jobs Nigerians do overseas which they would not do in Nigeria, stressing that part of the problems with the youths is that they over price themselves.
She urged the over 3,000 corps members to think of how they can, through their industry, increase our country’s GDP. “Put your energy into good things,” she added.
The first lady who told the corps members not to think of having millions of naira before starting something said with just N250,000, a business could be established that will yield millions.
Fashola who pointed out team spirit as one of the secrets of success said: “Try to work as a team, learn to understand your differences, adding: “If you have like- minded persons, come together to make progress.” “Do not ever feel sorry for yourself,” she added.
Using herself as a case study of diligence and industry, she said that when she was working with the British Council, while official time of work was 7:30am to 4pm, “I would work till 10pm. When I resigned, the British Council had to employ five persons to fill that gap.”
Besides, she added that despite her busy scheduled, she had to engaged in cake baking which she sold to the British Council Staff.
For those who are quick to criticise people in authority that they are not living up to expectations, she reiterated that if you are privilege to get there, what will you do for the citizenry. She said, “Before you condemned somebody, search yourself, attitude and integrity.
A leader, she noted is someone with value, a role model who can influence others positively. “If you can influence and contribute meaningfully to people lives, you are a leader indeed,” she added.