Generate ideas to tackle national challenges, youths urged
By Femi Atolagbe
Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has urged youths at all levels to develop new ideas and initiatives that can solve national challenges .
Akeredolu, who was represented by the Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Mr Dotun Owanikin, stated this at the International Youth Day, tagged: “Transforming Education ” held at the Ondo State Cultural centre, Akure, the state capital.
Akeredolu said his administration would continue to invest, not only in education, but also in natural talents and involve the youths in the mediation and peace building frontier of our state.
His words: “I believe in youths capability to change the negative narratives and to drive the transformational change trajectory of our administration by leveraging innovative voluntarism.”
The governor enjoined the youths to devise a means of penetrating and exploring opportunities for job creation and champion the reform of the state economic architecture into an open global competitive economy.
Akeredolu identified challenges facing the youths as unemployment which he said has been responsible for their involvement in social vices adding that the challenges had been compounded by the improper mindset and misguided value – orientation.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development , Mr Dotun Owanikin, who was represented by the permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr Dupe Eshofonie, described youth as charged veritable agents of societal change .
Owanikin said “the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has shortlisted a 26 -member Ondo State Youth Parliament which when inaugurated would partner the state government on matters affecting the youths.
The Commissioner therefore charged youths to be law abiding, loyal, obedient to the constituted authority and eschew all forms of social vices that can impact negatively on their live’s.
Also speaking, Commissioner for Information and Orientation, ,Mr Donald Ojogo, urged youths to see themselves as leaders of today, government will always create an enabling environment for the youths to display their wealth of talents .
In his goodwill message, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Youth and Students Affairs, Banji Adewumi, said it is only balanced education that could produce Omoluabi.
Chairman of National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Oluwatoyin Owoeye appreciated the immense contributions of the state government to the socio -economic and human capital investments in Ondo State since the inception of the present administration.
The guest speaker at the event, Dr Akindele Ige, who spoke on the topic: “Transforming Education,” described education as the antidote to ignorance, saying the benefits of education include, ability to differentiate what is good from the bad and also to become relevant in the society.