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Arise Networks, MTN Seeks Youth Empowerment Via EAT initiative

Arise Networks, MTN Seeks Youth Empowerment Via EAT initiative

Ekiti State youths have been advised to look beyond the prospects of the white collar jobs, but to tap into the Entertainment, Agriculture and Technology, EAT initiative embarked upon by Arise Networks in collaboration with MTN Nigeria in the state.

The campaign which is currently being pushed to give a creative mind to the youths with intension to generate self employment opportunities.

The move that prompted by the initiators, is the fact, that many Nigerian youths that counts over 100 million coupled with abundant natural resources, are not seen to be catching up with the global trend of innovations in Entertainment, Agriculture and Technology sectors, where Nigeria, going by its young population is expected to have comparative advantage.

However, April 26, 2014, was not like any other day in the history of Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, but for the need to create awareness for the diversification of the Nigerian economy, giving the students a resounding lecture on how they can transform their economic life.

Executive Director of Enough is Enough Nigeria, EiE , Yemi Adamolekun; CEO of Inspiro Consulting, Jimi Tewe; Editor in Chief of, Bankole Oluwafemi and one time gubernatorial aspirant in Oyo State, and CEO of Sodium Brand Solutions Limited, Abisoye Fagade, among several others were on hand to lecture the students.

The forum commenced with the University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Patrick Oladipo Aina, giving his welcome address, whilst thanking sponsors of the event MTN, for choosing Ekiti State University, EKSU, as the host for the forum.

Not left out is Akin Oyebode, a banker, taking the lead with motivational speeches drawn from experiences and shared robust knowledge with the youths delivery his lecture, the Editor in Chief of, Oluwafemi, a law graduate of EKSU, spoke on how he utilized the opportunity presented by the incessant ASUU strikes, to start a technology based business on campus.

Bankole also narrated how he ended up as an Information technology professional, after investing six years of his young life, in the study of law. Such was the motivation the students derived from his speech.

Speaking, the Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Prof Mrs. Modupe Adelabu encouraged the students to ensure they take steps towards the actualisation of whatever they learnt for the forum, while encouraging the students to take on their challenges by thinking outside the box and proffer tailor made solutions to some of the challenges currently plaguing the Nigerian youth.

For Adamolekun,she took her speech from a diverse angle, enlightening the students, and insisting on a culture of good governance and public accountability in the country.

While giving her vote of thanks, CEO of Arise Networks Toyosi Akerele, enjoined the students to ensure they tap into the EAT initiative which the organisation is currently pushing, to become creative minds that will generate employment opportunities, rather than wait to be employed.

The EAT campaign and the rise Networks National Youths Forum, is already being seen by observers, as a right step in the right direction.


Source: Vanguard

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