By Patricia Amogu
Nigerian Youths have called for collaboration with various sectors of the government to ensure synergy that will move the country forward.
They made the call at the Young African Leaders lnitiative. Abuja Summit, organised by the YALI network.
The two-day Summit with the theme ‘Empowering change makers for nation building’, is the third edition of the summit and the flagship event of the YAlI Abuja network.
Mr Oyewole Joledo, Coordinator, YAlI Abuja, said that the summit is a wake up call for youths to position themselves and integrate their ideas into how they can be change makers.
”This is an annual event put together to bring young Nigerian leaders and partners in an open dialogue on the issues facing our country and for them to develop workable strategies for solving them.
According to him, the objective of the summit is basically to build networks and partnership for youth action in nation building and also create opportunities and platforms for youth action in nation building.
”The summit is also going to increase youth awareness and participation in nation building.”
Also speaking. Mr Edwin Ikhuoria, Africa Executive Director, ONE Campaign. said that the role of an enterpreneur is to key into what the government is already doing and play their parts towards making positive changes that can move the nation forward.
‘The youths shouldn’t work in isolation. Youths should take personal responsibilities and think of new ways to do things. Bring up innovations that will be in harmony with the governments plans and policies.”
Dr. Linus Okorie. Founder/President of Guardians Of The Nation International (GOTNI) Leadership Centre, said that the availability of technology to young people should drive them to want to grow because leadership capital is essential for growth in the present generation.
Okorie called on youths to understand and imbibe the five demands of the 21st century leadership through Learning – adding knowledge to one’s mind daily, Thinking, Visionary, Planning, and Execution.
He further stated that some of the problems of Nigeria’s development include failure of execution or failure of taking action, adding that youths, being change agents, should be leaders who should care, inspire others to grow and add values to others.
”Creating value demands hunger for improvement, understanding the principles of followership and becoming a change agent.
”Nurture your ideas, build collaboration with like minds, remain focused and always think improvement,” he added.
God’sGlory Ifezue, Founder and Executive Director, Glory Ifezue Foundation said that every youth should take personal responsibility as a change agent, identify their areas of influence and become leaders that will stand for the change the nation wants to see.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the highpoint of the summit were panel discussions, training and mentoring, vox pop, pitching, grant awards and Sensitization walk.
The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) is the United States’ signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)