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Adelani Temiloluwa
School Of Nursing Ondo
Nursing Student
300Level, Nigeria.

Youths have been described as vanguards of progress and positive change agents in their respective communities if their boundless energies are well harnessed and directed.

This was the submission of former Chairman, Ondo State Teaching Service Commission, Prof. Francis Igbasan, while speaking as a guest speaker at the fourth annual lecture series of Ikale Youth Ambassadors, which held last Thursday at the United Grammar School, Ode Irele.

The event witnessed donations of over 1,000 branded exercise books to pupils of the school. The gesture was in honour of the Patron of the group, a distinguished son of Ikale land and Vice Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun.

Igbasan in his lecture identified ages 15-35 as the most active segment of the youth and conceded that those above 35 years, but who share the ideas of a progressive society, are also regarded as youths.

His words: “Youths represent a vast and often untapped resource for immediate and long term community development efforts. So, the youth constitute the major resource base for any country that want to embark on any meaningful community development programmes.

“A whole range of community development activities such as construction of bridges and culverts, schools, markets, music and drama, preservation of natural environment, vocational skill training seminars, membership empowerment and awareness raising campaigns, are some of the roles performed by youths.”

He cautioned that for youths to be effective agents of community development, they must adopt the concept of active participation, which makes them a subject rather than object of development. According to him, it also guides them to appreciate that success could be achieved when they participated willingly in their own affairs.

Igbasan also listed poverty, low level of awareness, illiteracy, unemployment, lack of cooperation among youths, lack of skills and opportunity as factors militating against the potential and effectiveness of youths in their community development efforts.

Earlier, Co-ordinator of the group, Mr. Olusola Bobola and Secretary, Dr. Gbenga Daso, charged participants to see themselves as beacons of hope and agents of transformation in their communities. The duo noted that the era of absolute dependence on government is gone, adding that youths should position themselves as drivers of the emerging change in global developmental efforts.

The Publicity Secretary of the group, Mr. Seun Akindele, who gave the vote of thanks, appreciated the organisers for their support and cooperation.

Other speakers at the event called on the youth to rise up to the challenge of contributing their quota to the socio-economic development of their communities.

The event also witnessed cultural dance and display by members of staff and pupils of the school, as well as members of the group and other guests.

Source: http://thenationonlineng.net/youths-are-positive-agents-of-change-2/

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