By Olusola Okewole
The Coordinator of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Ejigbo LCDA branch, Idris Akinsanya has urged the youths to take advantage of opportunities for self-development and improve their knowledge to meet up with modern needs.
Akinsanya gave the advice during the 2019 United Nations International Youth Day held recently in Ejigbo.
Speaking on the theme “Transforming Education”, he said there was need for the youths in the community to acquire the relevant education and transform their knowledge to something that would benefit the community.
He said: “As the popular saying, education is the bed rock of development of any society, there is need to orientate our youths on the importance of education as it is the most important tool that we need to build a sustainable future, a future of our dream. We will need to collaborate with the government at the local level and various agencies in education sector to improve our education content (curriculum and syllabuses) to encourage our youths.”
He sought the support of the government towards improving the education sector across all levels most especially the primary and secondary to meet the 21st century needs.
His words: “As stakeholders in the community, we want to implore the government to transform the council by providing assistance in terms of inclusion in the budget allocation, inclusion of youth council in the distribution of GCE and JAMB forms and a befitting skill acquisition centre for the youths to help train the youths who have interest in various vocations. An idle handle hand they said is the devils workshop.”
He however revealed that the Youth Council has plan for ICT training for the youths in Ejigbo and requested support from all stakeholders to achieve the plan.
He said the government should recognise the International Youth Day and use the event to re-orientate the youths on their importance in the community and the world at large as youth constitute the larger percentage of the population.