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Over a thousand new entrepreneurs will be created in Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government as part of efforts to stimulate its economic activities, the council chairman Apostle Oloruntoba Oke has said.
Oke spoke in a goodwill message delivered at the Youth Economic Summit, which held on Wednesday as part activities marking the week long Ifako-Ijaiye community week.
At the heart of the initiative according to him is the youths, urging them to come up with ideas that can be turned into money spinning businesses.
Oke said reactivating the private sector is key because as the driver of the economy only the private sector can generate massive employment for the people.
Oke who said government alone can no longer provide employment citing that he has received over 40,000 application letters from qualified people including university graduates seeking for employment at the local government.
He said the council keyed into the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LESTF) in order to assist as many youth as possible get loans to start their businesses, while those who have started can also obtain loans to grow their business to the next level.
He said he is committed to youth development, and restates his commitment to be holding the youth summit quarterly.
He said: “Our youths must realise that the era of white collar job is over. That is why we are partnering with the youth body to train as many of them as are willing to be job creators and support them to withstand the storms that lies ahead in business.”
Earlier a number of resource persons among the the Vice President of Corporate Farmers International, Prince Ade Ajayi, business and management consultant Bunmi Jenbola, Agro business developer Moses Adeyeye and Social media and google trainer Victor John took time to stir the youths to discovering their passion and develop same to fruition as a viable business.
Another notable speaker, Pastor of youth church of Daystar Church, Tola Seedley urged youths to avoid seven errors capable of destroying their rise to the top.
He charged youths to among others, stop blaming others for their woes, stop expecting to receive favours, avoid the short cut mentality, stop time wasting habits and dishonesty, set achievable goals and exercise their choice with discretion.
“Once you’ve found what you want to do, become friends with those who are already in it. Pick a mentor and be available to learn from them,”
he said
Seedly said though Nigeria was not structured to develop the latent potentials embedded in the youths, yet, as the future of the nation, the youths must rise beyond the challenge he and grow their potentials and help lift the nation.
He praised the chairman for the programme and urged those in attendance to make use of the lessons learnt to improve their lives.
“You have a responsibility to make success out of your life. That is the only thing you need to grab the attention of others and get them interested in making their own lives too better than it used to,” he said.
Highpoint of the event was the decoration of the council chief Oloruntoba Oke as the grand patron of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Ifako-Ijaiye chapter.
Present at the event were top management of the local government including the vice chairman Prince Usman Hamzat, the Secretary to the Local Government Ayo Jeje, the Head of Administration Adeniyi Ogunbanbi, Iyaloja Mrs Coker Ogunbiyi, youths leaders led by the Lagos State chairman Ambassador Olayinka Oresile and host of others.