The host, Oguntade Damilola kicked off the live session by intimating his guest Bukola Fadaini on a question he asked his friend pertaining to which sector is more important between science and economics particularly in the wake of Coronavirus which is making people listen to the sciences more often. He asked Bukola for her opinion. She stated that they are different and also elicited the conflicting stances both disciplines hold at this point in time. On one hand, the WHO advisers are advising people to stay at home and on the other hand, the economists are of the view that we’re all going to die at some point so we might as well go out and continue economic activities. She stated that if she’s asked to highlight a preference, she’d go for science.
Tade then proceeded to ask the audience a question which goes thus: since the world is paying attention to science, do you think that it’s imperative to pay the same attention to economics bearing in mind that we’re talking about decent work and economic growth? While they were sending in answers, he asked that bearing in mind that a lot of scientific activities require funding and seeing that covid-19 has made more pronounced, the inequalities between nations, if the finance is absent, do we talk about science at all? In response to this, he stated that money drives scientific innovation and activities
He then proceeded to the order of the day by asking Bukola to tell the audience about SDG 8 and her activities in that regard. Bukola started out by stating her name, Oluwabukola Fadaini and introducing her establishment, Capvine (a platform that encourages young people to embrace international and sustainable development). She went further to state that the establishment encourages people to tap into their human capital development. She also stated that with regards to SDG 8, more governments are now focusing on their greatest assets, their people though the focus isn’t as pronounced as the focus allotted to other sectors. Tade reiterated what she stated and said that SDG 8 encompasses shared prosperity (a situation where everyone is financially buoyant). He went further to state that post-COVID, job insecurity will be on the rise and a lot of young people are going to be affected. He then proceeded to ask Bukola what she thinks the role of young people is. Bukola mentioned that it’s up to young people especially those in the policy sector to advocate for more social security reforms
With regards to decent work, Tade mentioned that every youth is a personal enterprise and if they seek good jobs, it’s imperative to ask themselves what are the necessary skills that need to be gathered in order to gain greater negotiation power? According to him, this comes with education, skills acquired over time; these skills help youths contribute more to the economy
Tade mentioned that 4 factors of production are cognizant today and he stated that he thinks reputation should be added as a fifth factor of production because it’s a capital matter either for an individual or a country. The reputation of a country can sometimes influence the jobs offered to its young citizenry. In his speak, “reputation is one critical factor of production. As an individual, it is enough to expand your personal enterprise beyond borders. As a country, your reputation capital is an influential negotiation currency to becoming a power centre in the world. This is an unspoken rule!”
A viewer asked: “how do we make things work?” and Tade mentioned leveraging on the internet via digital activism. Bukola on the other hand advocated for willingness of young people to consult, listen and implement.
With the question being answered, the host, Tade, invoked a call to action to the viewers and with that, the live session came to a halt.