By OJOACHELE EJIGBO
Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC), Tuesday, in Lagos formally launched a workshop geared towards providing an interactive capacity building, reorientation and skills acquisition platform for the country’s youth population.
Tagged; ‘Youth Empowerment and the Nigerian of our dreams,’ the workshop powered by CBAAC, an agency in the Federal Ministry of Culture and Information, in partnership with the Women Entrepreneurs Association of Nigeria (WEAN), a network of non-profit organizations and individuals, held inside the head office of the parastatal, on Broad Street, Lagos, Tuesday.
Remarking at the programme, Director General, CBAAC, Dr. Ferdinand Anikwe, described the workshop’s theme as ‘quite necessary in a time like this where the country is quite challenging,’ even as he said the platform would take the shape of a monthly training workshop for the youth.
“The youths can get the country out of the economic challenge through rigorous efforts.
“Propose what you want to do as youths, plan and prepare for it, go to those who have excelled in such areas make enquiries from them and be focus and consistent. As Nigerians it is our natural endowment not to be poor and this sector if well mobilized and utilized by the youth will make a great turn around in our economy and also be interested in the creative economy,” he said.
Also speaking at the opening, Mrs Odebunmi Omolara Dominga, Principal Consultant/CEO global Safety and former Director General, Lagos State Safety Commission, noted that the workshop is geared towards empowering the Nigerian youth with a positive focus and mentality towards gainful self-employment.
“The workshop is a great initiative to empower the youth and reform their minds to bring out positive ideas that will enable us build a desirable, flourishing and buoyant Nigeria of our dreams. Youths need to stop focusing on the negative of the past, and leverage on the good things of the past and have a good dream that Nigeria will be great. And also history should be reintroduced in our schools to enhance the re-informing of minds so that we can move Nigeria forward.”
On her part, Executive Director of WEAN, Dr. Angela Daniel explained that the vision of her organization is to see a Nigeria ‘where all citizens, irrespective of gender, religious, and ethnic orientation are treated with respect and dignity, have equal opportunities to develop and activate their potentials and abilities. Enjoy equal rights to the economic, social and political endowments of the nation, equal visibility responsibility and all other opportunities in a way that the behaviours, aspirations, potential, contributions of citizens are equally valued and favoured.”
Continuing, she opined that there was need to equip the Nigerian youth with right orientation, mentality and vocational skills for them to be part of the nation’s growth.
“Unemployed youth are great threat to every economy, however, if properly empowered they will contribute immensely to the economic, social and political development of Nigeria,” she said.
Also remarking, Director and Head of Station, at the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Lagos admonished the youths to stop blaming others for their failures and instead start up something on their own, adding that their lives ‘should be built on integrity and honesty.’