By Olasunkanmi Akoni
Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs Bolanle Ambode, has thrown a challenge to youths in the country on the need to engage in activities that will ensure meaningful and productive use of their time during the summer break. Ambode gave the advice on Monday, at the opening of ‘Activate Youth Camp’, a 7-day free residential camping for about 200 youths, organized by a non-governmental organisation at Reagan Memorial School, Sabo Yaba.
The first Lady, who stressed that the cornerstone of successful living was serious hard work, dedication, strength of character and the fear of God, urged participants to see the camping as unique, as its central objective is to mould youths into good, useful and productive adult citizens.
She said the essence of the programme is to discover and develop the hidden talents in youths and prepare them for the future.
“Therefore, the strategy is to challenge you physically and mentally, through rigorous training during the camping period and to put you through experiences that would make you self-believing and self-respecting with a positive attitude to life.
So, feel free to pursue your respective passions, whatever skills and vocations—cooking, weaving, baking, hat making, handcrafts, dress making, hairdressing or indeed any other”, she said. She commended the conveners for addressing the challenge of youth engagement, stressing that “it remains a major catalyst for national development, as no nation is assured of a secured and prosperous future when its youths are without character and focus.”
Ambode, therefore, urged the beneficiaries to remember the biblical parable of the unfaithful servant and advised them not to bury their talents but take action, so as to excel in life. “Imbibe the fear of God, be humble, disciplined and respectful, honour your elders and remain focused in your academics, as well as other endeavours which are basic requirements for a successful life”, she encouraged them.
The convener of the programme, Mrs. Kikelomo Omooba, in her address said that the week ahead promises to be exciting, educating, inspiring, empowering, thought provoking, as it will be inclusive of physical, intellectual, emotional, mental, social and spiritual activities.