This year’s ‘The Generational Next Youth Empowerment Summit’ (TGNYES) has again drawn the attention of youths to join national courses that address problems associated with attacks on tribalism, underdevelopment, pride, poverty.
His Excellency, Abdoulie Jallow from the Gambia High Commission to Nigeria who led the speakers session in his keynote speech urged the youths not to underestimate the power they have while believing and respecting one another.
According to him, “Nation building shouldn’t be pertaining to one person alone because if a society lacks solidarity, it’s cannot make progress”.
The High Commissioner thanked Nigerians for helping in getting rid of the dictator it had for 22 years attributing Gambia success to their tolerance of one another despite their various tribe.
“Religious differences”, he said, “are mostly created by bad people to divide the state says the commissioner and as a nation he encouraged youths to reach out to other societies that have been isolated by man , seek their problems and find appreciable solutions to make progress.
“If youths don’t acts, Nigeria would still face the problems faced today in high momentum in future.
“According to him, progress can only be achieved if proffering solutions are applied directly to address the problems our nation face setting fundamental pillars that would help in development when we have confidence in one another”.
He further told youths not to see themselves from the various ethnic backgrounds, rather as Nigerians, while appreciating diversity as individuals as means to can create a sustainable development.
Speaking on the topic “Entrepreneurship: Accessing finance and raising funds”, Abuja Enterprise Agency’ Mrs. Bimpe Lawal started by enumerating the steps to develop a business idea; stressed that financing business idea should not be a major barrier.
While discussing various ways startups can raise funds to finance their ventures, she however cautioned against excessive spending as an entrepreneur.
Also, the participants were taken through the subject “Youth and Drug Abuse: Cause, Effect and solutions”.
Speaking on the topic, Dr Edosa Osamaojo, explained the effect on an individual’s body as it deaden the Central Nervous System, interferes with one’s power of judgments, increase heartbeat, interfere with Vitamin B digestion and can lead to malnutrition.
Mr. Benson Ogbe also spoke on “The Cutting Edge: Leadership and Relationships.
‘Cutting Edges’, he stressed, are advance tools and emphasized that an individual’s ability to lead his or herself is the most important criteria for a successful venture.
“One needs to be in charge of one’s life and build leadership capacity and these entails the following according to him”, he emphasized being deliberately humble, growing oneself emotionally and earning trusts amongst others.
Also, Mr. Macarius Essien who represented Mr. Ini Akpabio addressed the youths on “Making the youths relevant in Nigeria”.
He said that as Nigeria moves towards 2019 the role of youths in ensuring peaceful elections cannot be overemphasized.
He also addressed the youths on various vehicles to effect developmental changes .These include constitutional assembles, social media, Civil Society Organizations etc.
On her part, Dr. Chioma Uzokwe told the gathering that the problem with the society is not the absence of problem rather what they make of the opportunities that come by.
Dr. Uzokwe encouraged the youths to effectively leverage challenges that come their way to develop as individuals.
The ‘opportunity panel’ listed the various opportunities available to participants this year which include free ICT training for both men and ladies unlike last year which was for only 20 ladies; free Beauty Training at Jos provided participants funds their transportation and personal expenses; business Advisory from Abuja Enterprise Agency and one Week free Pastry training.
Others are one Week free Natural drinks training; Public Speaking Master Class Scholarship by Elbativeni Impressions and Consult and Business Promotion by Abuja Enterprise Agency.
Earlier, the Convener and Founder of Elbativeni Foundation who doubles as the CEO of a PR and marketing Communications outfit, Elbativeni Impression and Consult, Miss Destiny Obiakoeze noted that the Summit was introduced to address youth and women related issues in the society.
She also talked about the Foundation’s projects- ‘Project Loop Her’, ‘Girls in ICT’ and other programs done under the foundation.
For her, “it is all about helping in our own little way”.
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