By Emmanuel Elebeke
The absence of counseling and child education on career choice in secondary schools, particularly those of public schools can never be in doubt. This have not only made the students to make wrong choice of courses but has also made them to be unproductive and jobless after school.
This perhaps, prompted the decision of CLEN Foundation, one Choosing a career Nigerian youths have been charged to overcome the challenge of career choice to enable them preserve their future pursuit as potential leaders of the country.
A member of Lagos State School Improvement Team, LASSIT, Mr. Jegede Adebowale gave the charge during an interactive forum on youth against crime organized by Centre for Legal Education and Enforcement in Nigeria, CLEEN Foundation at Express Secondary School, Tolu School Complex, Ajegunle, Lagos.
Leading a discussion on the topic “Choosing a career and companion”. Mr. Adebowale said that the task of choosing a career and companion at tender age, as a child, has become one of the major challenging areas affecting young people in making good career choices, saying that until the youth are properly guided in choosing the career of their choice, their dream of becoming future leaders will no longer be guaranteed.
Adebowale, who underscored the importance of companion in the life of a young person, said youth must also be wise and meticulous in choosing a life companion, so as to boost their chances of realizing their potentials and goals in life, since a bad companion could constitute a clog in the wheel of their progress.
“For anybody to be able to realize his or her potential and then choose a career, the individual must be manifesting a certain peculiar traits, prioritize by identifying the one he has the greatest comparative advantage on, develop upon it through quantitative education and then focus on the peculiar career that will earn you a successful living and also make you a potential leader. The company one keeps or the society he belongs to has a bearing on his career. One should be able to choose studious companion worthy of emulation,” he charged.
Earlier in his opening speech, the Executive Director of CLEEN Foundation, Mr. Innocent Chukwuma, represented by the programmer officer, Onyinye Onyemaobi said the interactive forum was designed to enable the students as youth, teachers, parents and other stakeholders identify their various roles in equipping and training themselves to become future leaders of Nigeria.
With about 55% of Nigerian population still in their youthful age, Mr. Chukwuma said it has become expedient to deploy an integrated approach to address the problem facing the youth at their formative age, so as to avoid them being influenced by negative elements, environment and circumstances of life.
While blaming the moral and socio-economic decay in the society on leadership failure, the CLEEN Executive Director said the theme of the event was aptly selected to enable his team identify the challenges facing the youths in the various communities, particularly, those that would hinder them from actualizing their potentials and stopping them from becoming the leaders of Nigeria in the future.
Apart from identifying the challenges facing the youths as budding leaders, he also listed other objective of the event to include: to educate the students on how to identify their potentials, put them into creative use and staying focused; sensitizing them on the importance of leadership, and enhancing their understanding of how to make best career choices.
In another paper entitled “Importance of Education To Future Leaders of Nigeria: Perspective of a Counselor”, representative of Lagos State ministry of Education, Inspectorate Unit, Mrs. Durotoye Adenike implored the students to embrace education as the only way to attain a brighter future. She urged them to go to school and acquire knowledge and skills that would prepare them as future leaders of Nigeria.
For Nigeria to become great, he posited that special attention must be accorded to the youths, especially at the tender stage with the believe that an enlightened youth beget enlightened society. He then charged the students to always take their studies serious and pursue their future aspirations with vigor and purpose.
Also in another paper entitled “Developing Your Leadership Potentials Through Community Development”, Mr. Oguntoyinbo Stephen said as society become driven by fast-paced technology and quick gratification, convincing today’s youth to participate in long-term projects such as community development becomes more challenging than ever.
As community assets, Oguntoyinbo said society must begin now to acknowledge the talents and leadership potential deposited in the youth. He also advocated that leadership programmes must be put in place to nurture and support them. With the right training and education, he believed that Nigerian youth will not only excel in their chosen career but also emerge as future leaders of the country.