It has been observed that strategic training and empowerment of youths are vital means in eradicating poverty and economic degradation.
This assertion was deduced from the lectures given at the event hosted by the National Youth Council of Nigeria Oyo State, Ibadan.
The guest speaker, Head of department, Mass Communication, Fountain university, Mr. Kamoru Aremu Salaudeen asserted that Nigerian youths should be trained in line with the 17 sustainable development goals, as outlined by the United Nation.
He lamented the lackadaisical attitude that most youths put up when it comes to self learning, observing that, youths of nowadays want fast money and not knowledge.
“If the only time you learn is during organized seminar, then you are a dead man. Youths in Nigeria should cultivate the habit of self learning. I’m using this opportunity to call the attention of the youths, that they shouldn’t stop learning”
In her own remark, the Chairman of the national youth council of Nigeria, Oyo state chapter, Ambassador, Agbeja Adebola said, it is time for youths to fortify themselves as to earn what it takes to rule.
She mentioned that, “Youths are truly taking over leadership positions in all sectors of the country, but the question is that are they fortified enough for the challenges that come with responsibilities. Are they equipped to take on the mantle of leadership. So, I believe, it is high time we came together as leaders to be trained for whatever the future has for us”
In his contribution, the Special Adviser to the governor on Youths and Sports, Mr. Kazeem Bolarinwa outlined the efforts of the government in training the Oyo state youths on the 21st century skills that are needed to survive in this harsh economy. He mentioned that, the Oyo state government has organized a program to train interested youth on how to win the Tony Elumelu grant; a five thousand dollar grant for Small scale businesses, and the government has also partnered with a firm to educate interested youths on film editing, directing, web development and so many more.
A financial expert, Hon. Muyiwa Opajimi in his own remarks, decried that the financial condition of the country is awful, and to the country’s dismay, the global market is too competitive, and with this, the country is finding it difficult to promote human and infrastructure development.
“So I would advise that youths should engage in micro economy, schools should start teaching entrepreneurship. My emphasis is also on the religious leaders, they should empower their members, as this gesture will alleviate many from poverty”
The occasion was graced by dignitaries from all walks of life, including, entrepreneurs, politicians, lecturers, and law enforcement agencies.