Stakeholders have tasked youths in the country to be hopeful and engage in engagements that will add value and open more opportunities to their lives as the country steps out of the Covid-19 pandemic.
They spoke at a maiden mentorship program of Kayode Adamolekun Foundation, held at Jogor center in Ibadan amidst strict compliance to covid 19 protocols.
The gathering housing intellectuals, young and promising youths across the length and breath of Nigeria was themed, Change: How to cope, Adapt and Respond.
In his remark, Chairman, Kayode Adamolekun Foundation, Engr Kayode Adamolekun noted that COVID-19 has brought the country lot of knocks as jobs have been rendered irrelevant, social life paralyzed, religious activities under censorship, educational activities halted while the overall flow of economic activities has been distorted.
He however said that there is still room for oppourtunuty.
He said “We all woke up one morning to a completely different world and we had no choice but to adjust immediately to the radical changes that have been forced upon us as a result of this global phenomenon, as you will agree with me that we are living in interesting times. We are living in a day that is far removed from any other, in terms of the psychological, social, and financial impact of the current global crisis on human life”.
He noted that “the major focus of this program is to build the needed capacity for participants to thrive in a world that is fast evolving with the assurance that the Foundation hopes to ensure succour for youths in the society.
The Chairman also tasked government at all levels to create enabling environment for people as they are stepping out of the pandemic, as that will encourage them to engage in legitimate ways of living.
One of the facilitators, Engr Bamidele Amire urged participants to harness opportunities created by Information and Communication Technology to enhance their skills as well as become self reliant in the digital age.
Amire, a certified IT Consultant advised youths to use digital skills productively rather than for illicit activities capable of jeopardizing their future.
On his part, Ayotunde Okunomo, said it’s time for youths to takeover leadership role by acquiring relevant skills and training.
The participants described the program as an eye opener and a rare opportunity. 20 of the participants were sponsored for IT training by Engr Kayode Adamolekun.