Managing Director, Sapient Hadassah’s Touch Limited (SHTL) Publishing, Esther Dumbiri has stressed the need for the federal government to channel resources towards making Nigerian youths more successful in order to achieve the desired economic growth.Speaking weekend in Lagos at the 2018 Mental Wellness Conference and Book Reading Presentation, organized by John Shaibu Consulting, with the theme, “Youths Staying Unbroken: Thriving in the Nigerian Economy”.
The conference was aimed at helping youths understand their duty of making conscious decisions to be able to realize their position and decide to change, to be able to thrive in a society that is challenging.Also to take responsibility for their lives and decide to make a change that must come from within.Dumbiri noted that the passion for the conference was driven towards making the youth successful especially now that the economy is going through challenges.
The organizer of the programme, Mr. John Shaibu, said the forum would provide a safe haven for youths on mental health, skill acquisition, career support, counseling and identity definition.He said it was unfortunate that successive administrations did not pay enough attention to mobilizing youths for positive social transformation.
“We are determined to reverse this trend whereby the society is weighed down with so many broken people who move about with needless feelings of insufficiency, self-doubt and low self-esteem. We should not continue to be victim. We should take responsibility for our lives and decide to make a change and that change has to come from within. “As long as we continue to hold others responsible for our lives, we cannot create any change,” he said.
According to him, his organization would continue to support youths and Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) with capacity building and mentoring programmes that would assist them grow, create jobs and sustainably impact positively on their communities and the nation. “As long as you continue to hold others responsible for your life, you can’t make any change.He said that it was unfortunate that successive administrations did not pay enough attention to mobilizing youths for positive social transformation.
“Our politicians are busy chasing shadows, acquiring wealth they do not need, leaving the youths in most cases to fend for themselves. Government should invest in the youths, in education and job creation, in every aspect of what will make the youths excel; we have the money.“When the government is ready to invest appropriately in the Nigerian youth, all these developmental problems we have been battling with will gradually fade away,” he said.
He added that the future of Nigeria is not in crude oil, rice production or in mineral resources, but in motivating youths to unleash their creative potentials for national development. A University don, Prof. Douglas Anele called for more investment in job creation and education of the youth to promote socio-economic development of the country.
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