ECOWAS, Ogunsemo task youths on active participation in nation building
The Economic Community of West Africa States Youth Council has urged youths in diaspora to be fully involved in societal development.
The President of the council, Emmanuel Williams noted that the youths constitute the most cohesive and articulate component of the African society.
Williams spoke in Lagos during the investiture of an Information and Communication Technology entrepreneur, Temitope Ogunsemo, as the distinguished West African Personality of the Year.
He said: “The youths should constitute the consolidation of the achievements that is being recorded in our educational sector as they are the most active and vital force in the society; they are the most eager to learn and the least conservative in their thinking.
“It is therefore of the utmost urgency that a frame work be put in place to harness and bring into full play the energy of our youths in the task of transforming our continent into a truly developing one.”
Williams explained that the award was to appreciate Ogunsemo’s contributions towards youth development in Nigeria and encourage more young entrepreneurs to contribute their quotas to the development of the sub-region.
Ogunsemo, the Chief Executive Officer, Krystal Solution Limited, thanked the council for the recognition, saying it would encourage him to do more. “We might not be making so much noise but people are seeing what we are doing. I am just doing what I think I should do, doing the right thing.
“Our country at this time deserve purposeful youths who will bring about the change that we need to compete favorably with other part of the world. This the time for us as youths to contribute to the development of our country.
“Leadership is all about positive change; it is about having a vision or gathering people around and motivating them to see that vision and executing it because a vision that is not executed is just a dream. With positive mindset, dedication and hardwork we can make a better nation.”
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