By Kazeem Olanrewaju and Nafisat Sobowale
Lagos, Feb. 6, 2019 (NNN) Mrs Iwalola Akin-Jimoh, Executive Secretary, Youth Empowerment Foundation (YEF), has advised youths to be optimistic as entrepreneurs and seize every opportunity that come their way in the process of carrying out their entrepreneurial activities.
Akin-Jimoh gave the advice at the Graduation Ceremony for 2018 Empowered for the Future Project Beneficiaries (E4F), organised by the Youth Empowerment Foundation (YEF) and supported by FCMB in Lagos on Wednesday.
She said that there was the need for youths to beware of relationships that will not add value to their lives.
According to her, this can hinder them from becoming successful entrepreneurs.
“One of the things that actually debars youths from achieving their goals is the kind of relationships they keep.
“You have to be careful of the relationships you keep; if you are in a relationship that does not add value to you as a person, you are not supposed to be in that relationship.
“If you are in a relationship where anyone is putting you under pressure to go against your values, you have to put an end to that relationship.
“Par adventure, you go against your values, you will not be able to do the things that you are supposed to do and you will eventually fail in your quest to becoming a successful entrepreneur,’’ she said.
She urged parents and guardians not to expose their children to situations that might put the children’s lives at risk because the perpetrators of child abuse and other nefarious activities were people that live within their immediate environment.
“Those people who rape, those people who persuade these children to do what they are not supposed to do are people in our immediate environment.
“If you have a good relationship with your child, your child will tell you what is happening to him or her, the threats and challenges; there is need to develop closer relationship without children.
“We need to respect their opinions and not expose them to situations that might compromise their future or their state of health as the case maybe,’’ Akin-Jimoh said.
Contributing, Mr Micheal Nwoseh, Head, Youth Segment Unit, FCMB, said that the youths have been given all they need to become great and successful entrepreneurs.
“You guys are on a journey and you have taken the first step of getting trained.
“FCMB has committed resources, human resources and a whole lot of things to train and get you prepared for the future, all you have to do now is to seize and maximize those opportunities.’’
According to him, youths are in a generation where opportunities abound and given the needed support, they utilise them.
He advised the youth to be optimistic, hardworking and have persistent abilities.
He added that youths should leverage on financial, human and social capitals to make a difference and become successful entrepreneurs.
“Take note of the three capitals I mentioned because the environment poses a whole lot of opportunities; I believe you are different from the person out there and when you go out there you will succeed,’’ Nwoseh said.
Mrs Sarah Igoh, a parent to one of the beneficiaries, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) that the empowerment programme had helped her son to become a fashion designer in three weeks and showed appreciation to YEF and FCMB for the initiative.
She urged government at all levels to encourage youths with opportunities for financial capital to help them be self-reliant.
One of the beneficiaries, Mr Johnson Ikezoalu, who acquired a skill in Software Engineering, said he now manages a business and finances himself without depending on his parents.
He commended the YEF and FCMB for the initiative and for making him realise his dream.
He said that his goal is to become one of the most successful software engineers in Nigeria and God helping him, he will work hard to attain the heights.
(Editing by Vivian Ihechu/Peter Ejiofor)