The director general of the National Orientation Agency(NOA), Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu has stressed the need to provide the youths with the necessary skills and values to succeed and thrive in a diverse and interconnected world.
Mallam Issa-Onilu, who was represented by the director of NOA in Kwara State, Mr Olusegun Adeyemi stated this in Ilorin, Kwara State at the 10th anniversary of Royal News online publication and the unveiling of a book titled” Habibat Salman said ” Like in many other countries, youth in Nigeria are often associated with prevalent social vices.
These vices can be attributed to various factors, including poverty, unemployment, lack of education, cultural norms, peer pressure, and societal influence”
He highlighted some prevalent social vices among Nigerian youths including Drug abuse, and Internet fraud among others stressed the need for youth social orientation. “Empathy, communication, cultural diversity, digital literacy, and social engagement are essential components that will shape our youth into compassionate, responsible, and socially aware individuals.” He said
“As parents, educators, and members of society, we must provide them with the guidance, resources, and support they need to succeed. By investing in their social orientation, we invest in a brighter, more harmonious future for all” he added
In his opening address, the publisher of Royal News online, Malam AbdulAzeez Arowona, expressed delight that the medium has been instrumental to so many positive changes in society in the past years.
He said the medium was founded, “out of the divine love, compassion and commitments towards promoting our highly respected traditional rulers irrespective of their classes, ethnicity and religions affiliations with the singular aim of promoting peaceful co-existence in our nation.”
Dr. Iroye Samuel Opeyemi Iroye
The Head; Department of Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution
National Open University of Nigeria in his
his paper presentation entitled ‘Youth Reorientation: Catalyst For Curbing Security Threats And Social Vices In The Society’ stressed the need for the Government to revisit the promotion of technical education which is now moribund in the country
“The government should establish standing frameworks for training youths to acquire practical, creative and technical skills.
There is a need to provoke the spiritual development of youth by both the families and the religious institutions.
The federal government and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) should embark upon massive youth development programmes on creative skills as this may be a viable intervening tool for employment.
National Orientation agency should be well funded for the creation and promotion of programs or curricula that can enhance a positive value system.
Government and NGOs should program youth re-orientation workshops and seminars geared towards self-development.
The government should create more industries, factories and firms to employ the youths and young graduates of different professional courses of various higher institutions.
The Government should place more emphasis on hand work, personal deliveries and capability than acquisition of certificates.”
The Kwara State governor Mallam Abdulrahman AbdulRazak who was represented by the Deputy governor Mr Kayode Alabi decried moral decadence among some youths and stressed the need for respect for elders and a change of mindset. “If Nigeria must succeed our mindset must change” he said
He also stressed the need for a value system for youths and added that the government would continue to provide the enabling environment for youths to have a positive mindset
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