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NASELS holds symposium to tackle poverty, failure among youth

BY KHADIJAT MAYEGUN & OLASUNKANMI AROWOLO, LASU

The National Association of Students of English and Literary Studies (NASELS) of Lagos State University, Ojo campus, penultimate Tuesday, held a symposium tagged: Tackling Poverty and failure among Youth.

Delivering the keynote address, Professor Adeleke Fakoya who discussed the theme: Confronting Poverty, said poverty is one of the mysteries confronting Nigeria as a nation.

Prof. Fakoya explained that money only leaves one empty and this life is not all about looking for money but also happiness among our youths. He stated the need to define and know the differences between success and wealth.

He explained that seeking money for money only leaves us empty, lonely and weak. He pointed out that money is just an intermediary. “If you even have money, that does not mean happiness.”

Dr Adebunkunola Adedoyin, a senior lecturer at the Department of English and Literary Studies was to speak on the topic: Why do we fail, but changed the topic of discourse to Why do people fail, basing his action on the premise that he has not failed as a person.

Dr. Ofure Aito discussed the theme: Maintaining self esteem, personal goals and vision in the midst of challenges as a youth. He said self-esteem is a reflection of what you think, how you talk about yourself.

He mentioned that education is a part of the journey you must embark on to discover who you are, your goals and what you will be. She added that you should consider yourself with dignity and sensibility.

Yemi Martins, who is the president of the association, after the symposium said: “the programme was organised to prepare our students ahead of the prevalent menace of the society.” Though we are confronted with financial challenges, but thanks be to God, we exceeded our expectations.”

Obi Onyinye, 300 level student of English and the Vice president, NASELS, told our correspondent that the students learnt how to boost their self esteem, achieve personal goals. To Onyinye, the symposium was actually an eye opener to prepare students for for forthcoming challenges. I’ve learnt how we can tackle poverty, from Dr Adedoyin’s lecture.


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