Professionals, educationists advocate effective youth empowerment to boost Nigeria’s competitiveness

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Professionals, educationists and industry experts at the silver jubilee anniversary lecture of Olashore International School, Osun State have called for a more robust youth empowerment engagement to serve as catalyse to improve Nigeria’s global competitiveness.

Christopher Kolade, former Nigeria High Commissioner to the United Kingdom called for Nigerian youths to be given the capacity to learn effectively adding that this represents a strategic process to bring up successful leaders and ensure a better society.

Kolade, in his chairman speech at the event held in Lagos opines that unless youths are trained to apply the things that they learn, they may not be able to change our society the way it ought to be.

According to him, “One of our problems in this country is leadership. We lack the capacity to learn effectively and we keep doing the same thing year after year with an expectation that things would change. Our role is to see what we can do to solve the existing problem through a capacity to learn.”

Fred Swaniker, founder, African Leadership Academy in his keynote address, ‘Leadership and Social Change: Developing 21st Century Leaders for Africa said he believes that every society needs good leaders and that the difference they will make will go a long way.

Swaniker is worried that Africa does not have strong institution as a result of bad leadership, adding that Rwanda has gone ahead of other African countries despite its genocide issue and was able to surmount its challenges in 25 years because of good leadership.

“In this continent, we must not lose hope despite all the challenges that we see. We need a sense of urgency in Nigeria which has taken over from India that has the highest number of people in extreme poverty in the Read More...