Expert charges Nigerian youth to channel resources towards useful ventures

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IBADAN – Dr Ayo Olude, a peer mentor and lecturer at the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, on Wednesday Ibadan advised Nigerian youths to channel their energy into useful ventures.

Olude gave the advice at a -day Skill Acquisition Programme, organised by Human of Substance Empowerment Initiative, an NGO, for leavers who are awaiting university admission.

He advised the youths to turn their dreams into reality by acquiring skills along with their pursuit of university education.

“You must be well-informed, diligent and involved training and skill acquisition,’’ he said.

He noted that with the right information they would be able to made good decisions and get good results.

Pastor Dolapo Adelakun, wife of Bishop Victor Adelakun of the Rehoboth Cathedral, a key-note address advised the youths to pursue any skill they start learning until they are very good it.

“You must pay attention to those things you know how to do well because they will be your source of financial empowerment in the future.

“You must not rely on your parents’ inheritance because whatever they give you will only enhance you and not promote you.’’ [eap_ad_1] She also counselled them to eschew reckless spending, cultivate the habit of saving and endeavour to get the approval of their parents in whatever they do.

Miss Abiade Abiola, the chairperson of the NGO, said the idea of the programme was born out of the fact that she had to stay at home for four years before gaining admission to read law at the university.

“During those four years of waiting, I had to learn sewing, cooking and interior decoration; the proceeds rendering these empowered me financially throughout university days.

“This was I decided to the NGO to assist young leavers in acquiring skills while waiting for admission,’’ she said.

She advised them to make maximal of their great potential.

NAN reports that 300 secondary leavers of Government College Ibadan, Ibadan Boys , Lady of Apostles, St Annes and Queens’ School, Ibadan, participated in the programme.

Twenty received between N15,000 and 25,000 each to learn skills such as cooking, hair dressing, bead-making, photograph, printing and publishing. (NAN)[eap_ad_4]