Foundation trains 200 young Nigerians on career development

Aerial view of Abuja, recently 								PHOTO: SKYSCRAPPERCITY

Aerial view of Abuja, recently PHOTO: SKYSCRAPPERCITY

OVER 200 youths recently gathered at the National Women Development Centre, Abuja, to participate in the third edition of Career Exposition Seminar organized by AfriGrowth Foundation.

Career Exposition Seminar is a capacity building framework targeted towards engaging the youths in a process of value reorientation, character development and skills acquisition for better performance in business, career and life in general.

However, mentoring and entrepreneurial development are the two key elements in the programme, being the major tools for the achievement of the programme ends.

In her welcome address, Chief Executive, AfriGrowth Foundation, Mrs Oly Sanni, urged the youths to follow their passion and rely less on the government.

According to her, the youths should set a benchmark for themselves, “As young people, we should set a bench mark because time is not on our side. And do not wait for government to do everything for you. You should rather follow your passion and dream to impact”.

The event was graced by eminent personalities including Nigerian former Ambassador to the United States, Joe Keshi representative of former Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, Oluwashahun Odewale, Director, Corporate Communication, Federal Inland Revenue Service, Emmanuel Obeta as well as the Director General, National Council for Arts and culture, Mrs Dayo Keshi.

Speaking at the event, Keshi, who is also chairman of the Foundation, noted that since the world has become a global village and technology was becoming the order of the day, it was imperative for the youths to aspire towards becoming innovators and technology driven entrepreneurs.

To the Keynote Speaker, Emmanuel Obeta, “the greatest investment anybody can achieve is not in the amount of wealth he or she acquires but the investment he makes in life, “To stand out, you need to shine out as a light does because light, despite darkness, brings out its rays”.

At the end of the one-day event, some of the participants, who spoke to The Guardian, said the competition was encouraging and urged the Foundation to replicate the seminar in other states to avail more people the opportunity to benefit from its content.

Others, who came from within and outside Nigeria, tasked governments of their respective countries as well as private organizations to partner AfriGrowth Foundation, in the hosting of more seminars towards empowering the youths through entrepreneurial skills.

The Foundation was said to have empowered over 2000 Nigerian youths within Abuja and other states in Nigeria in the last nine years, with the aim of making them take charge of their future.

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