Oka Akoko legal practitioner, Barrister Jide Ologun, Chairman, Nigeria Institute of Public Relations, Lagos State chapter, has urged Nigerian youths to look ahead into the future in what ever they do. He said short sightedness of thinking of the immediate has led many astray.
Speaking at the second edition of the annual programme, “Beyond Secondary Education, What Next? (BSEWN), organized by Future Matters Concepts, the youthful lawyer spoke at length on the great future ahead of them and their background not necessarily been the determinant factor with their future. “Lots of great men you see were raised by pauper parents or guardians yet with determination they became great icons that we are celebrating to day”.
At the eventful life transforming session for secondary school leavers and secondary school students, organized at Orile Agege local Council Development Area Secretariat, Lagos, Barrister Ologun told the youths to widen their horizon and be more social positively, as against the negative trend most of them think is the best.
According to the program initiator, Adeleye Adewale, participants should look beyond their secondary education and have the picture of a brighter and rewarding future at the back of their minds, without giving room for factors capable of marring their destines .“it’s needful for us to be aware of two indispensible paths of realities of life; the Make destiny and the Mar destiny” .
The youngster highlighted four factors that can make and mar destiny. These are peer groups, talents, role models and social gatherings. He warned the students and school leavers to be careful of the kind of friends they keep, as they to a great extent, determine if their future will be marred or made. He urged them to have true friends who will direct them in the right direction, help on the ladder of success, true friends who will value and add value to them.
Adewale pointed the need for the youths to actualize their God given talents. He stated that, “talents are special gifts, but not all talents are given by the creator of your souls some have been falsely packaged by the enemies of your souls to destroy your life now or in the nearest future. Therefore in choosing your career you need God’s consent and direction to maximize it”. He also discussed the issue of role models, noting that it is not all those seen as role models that are worthy of been emulated. They should therefore carefully select those whose lifestyles glorify.
He emphasized on social gatherings and how they can destroy or help lives. “as youths we want to display our youthful energy, especially, when it comes to attending parties, forgetting that some lives have been cut short, dreams shattered as a result of partying”. He urged them to embrace youth capacity development programmes.
Representative of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Mrs. C.l Alakija-Oladapo, Assistant Director, Hello Lagos), in company of officers from Alimosh Youth Friendly Center, counseled participants on how their health can contribute to what they become in life and distributed Information, Educative and Communication ( IEC) materials for further enlightenment.
Pastor Kayode Odutayo of Daystar Christian Center challenged the youths on how to discover and utilize their God given gifts, using the likes of Teju Babyface as reference.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), led by Mrs. Ogunluyi, also enlightened the youths on the dangers of substance abuse on their future. Sample of various drugs were shown to the participants and how they destroy lives, as well as how they can be do away with them.
Programme sponsors include Bashorun Dele Momodu, Hon. Babatunde Adejare (Agege Federal Constituency , Professor Tunde Samuel, former Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Hon. Yinka Ogundimu , Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Taofeek Adaranijo , Chairman, Orile Agege LCDA, Orile Agege Community Development Council (CDC), CHS Computer Institute, Stephil Consult, Orile Agege legislators, Benevolent Foundation among others.