Invest more in young people – Ban Ki-moon

The Secretary General of the United Nations Mr Ban- Ki Moon has urged everyone to invest more in empowering young people. He said this in his message on the observance of the World Youth Skills Day organised by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos in collaboration with ‘Yes I Believe Academy’ (YIBA) and held on July 15th 2016 at the Library Auditorium of UNIC Ikoyi Lagos.

In the speech delivered by the National Officer of UNIC, Mr Oluseyi Soremekun, the Secretary General stated that “Empowering young people through skills development strengthens their capacity to help address the many challenges facing society, including poverty, injustice and violent conflict.”

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According to him, there is no better investment than helping a young person to develop their abilities. “Successful skills programmes,” he continued, “link young people with opportunities to gain experienc17e and jobs. It is especially critical to cultivate girls and young women with skills in science, technology and innovation.”

Mr Ban emphasized that too many youths in developing countries were trapped into working poverty stemming from the irregularity of jobs. He said “Young people are understandably searching for the financial security, personal satisfaction and sense of purpose that come from meaningful employment. Leaders have pledged to assist them in this effort.”

Speaking, the Executive Director of ‘Yes I Believe Academy (YIBA), Mr Niyi Adekunle, urged the participants who were mainly members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), to develop skills in other areas different from their course of studies in the universities. This, he stressed, would widen their economic options as they seek for employment and business after their national service.

Other speakers and skills training facilitators included Mr Jaiye Owolabi (Fashion); Mr Henry Arogundade (Guest Speaker); Mr Tobi Asheinde (Guest Speaker); Mrs Nneoma Effange (Makeup); Mrs Ore Solana (Crystal Design); Mrs Yetunde Ifebogun (Interior Design); Mrs Ikeolu Biobaku (Cake); Mrs Temitope Ogunniyi (Anchor); Mr Biodun Folawiyo (Shoe Making); Mrs Peace (Bead Making); Mrs Jennifer Oyebola (Art Works).

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