Ikorodu Youth Division Summit 2019: “Get Involved, Stay Alert, Contribute To Community Growth”- Stakeholders, Panelists Charge Youths

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Impactful, enlightening, stimulating are some of the terms that best qualifies the Ikorodu Division Youth Summit 2.0 as stakeholders, government officials and other youth advocates urged youths within the division to erase the mentality that power is served on a platter but to get involved, stay alert to their leadership role and contribute to the development of their various communities.


Ikorodu Youth Division Summit 2019 held at the Ikorodu Town Hall yesterday did not fall short of expectation as youths within the division were exposed to modern-day reality on being a catalyst for positive influence.


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The yearly interactive session organized by the Ikorodu Division Youth Initiative Movement took a new dimension by not just talking the talk but working it out as this year’s edition seeks to bridge the gap between formal education and vocational skills by offering to train interested youths in various lucrative vocational ventures.


In his keynote address, the Chairman Board of Trustees, Ikorodu Division Youth Initiative Movement, Dr. Abiodun Abatan PhD ably represented by Mr. Sola Sokoya expressed satisfaction that the youths are gradually getting involved in community development while he admitted that there are some bad eggs tinting the collective image of the youths but he assured that all hands are on deck to correct this menace.


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Dr. Abatan reiterated the need to invest greatly in the youthful population if communities must experience real and accelerated development. He emphasized that the modern-day youth can do this by deploying technology and changing the narrative that the average youth is not a vice to the society but a blessing.


Dr. Surajudeen Mudasiru an Associate Professor of Political Science at the Lagos State University in his scholarly presentation presented by Hon. Jimoh Hamzat posited that a major problem in society today is a clear-cut definition of who a youth is as everyone claims the youthful age bringing about a disconnect.


In the scholarly work titled “Role of the youth and community development”, the erudite scholar highlighted that the youths over the years have been marginalized especially by the political class and stated that policies made by this class have failed to reflect the youth in the real sense of it.


Dr. Mudasiru however, admitted that youths are fast becoming the catalyst for change hence, community development should be contextualized and youths involved. He also recommended mentorship and other nuggets for youths’ involvement in community development.


“Youths must strife for the leadership role. The average youth should not be after money but mentorship which is the new goldmine, this will help to manifest their potential.


“Politicians should also beware of stupendous display of wealth as living in a community is all about contribution and not show off,” the scholarly work read.


In her address, one of the youngest members of the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu led cabinet, Mrs. Ruth Bisola Olusanya Who is the Special Adviser to the Governor on Agriculture, while narrating how she climbed the ladder of success, expressed the need for youths to leave their comfort zones and be different even when its not a popular decision to make.


Mrs. Ruth Bisola who is a proud daughter of Ikorodu while defining the role of youth in community development hammered on passion and integrity as the benchmark for any youth desirous of making an impact.


In her words,


“The role of the youth is to renew and refresh community development. Youths must become accelerators of change; we can’t afford to stay in our comfort zone forever. There is also a need to gather worthwhile information.”


The charming speaker reiterated that for the average youth to impact his or her society positively, then there is a need to build skills, gather information, build character and attitude. She also emphasized that there is a place for reading books.


The new entrant in public administration made it clear that she stands with the Ikorodu division and urges stakeholders to offer the necessary information to put forward to the authority.


A major highlight of the event was the panel session moderated by Mr. Oke Godwin where five professionals of their different fields took the stage to discuss on issues that ranged from the right mentality and mindset a youth should have to be change agents, need to gather needful information and hard work, need to bridge the town and gown gap, need for reorientation, need to change the society’s value system, contentment and commitment in youths, necessity of delayed gratification, place  of critical thinking, self-discovery in youths, self-motivation, need to embrace integrity, need to establish special schools for recalcitrant students, need to establish technology and agricultural hubs  amongst others.


The panelists include; ace producer and public speaker, Abayomi Ojekunle, a diehard Ikorodu Advocate; Abolaji Oluwaseaun Elesho, Olawunmi Adeola who is a graduate of law and passionate humanitarian, Engr. Olajide Olayewo, an Aircraft Engineer and Former Technical Adviser to the Director-General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation and Engr. Olajide Jimoh Olosugbo, a son of the soil and ace politician.


Other speakers at the event were; Baba Bashorun; former Secretary to the Lagos State government who addressed the youths in a fatherly tone urging them not to shy away from leadership. The Deputy Registrar of Information, Lagos State Polytechnic; Mr. Olarenrenwaju Kuye also took the turn to charge the youths. The candidate for the ANN in the last State Assembly election for Ikorodu Constituency 1, Hon. Balogun revealed that lack of capital should not be the stopping factor for the youths achieving their dreams. Otunba Dare Odufowokan a very senior editor with the Nation newspaper in his brief remark urge youths to believe in themselves and seek power. Pastor Bayo Oteju also drove home the need for self-belief.


The event featured other personalities like Mr. Bayo, chairman, Nigeria Bar Association Ikorodu chapter, chairman Nigeria Union of Teachers Ikorodu chapter and Board of Trustees members of the Ikorodu Division Youth Initiative Movement which includes; Barr. Oladipopo Atoloye, Mr. Oluwakemi Kalesanwo, Mr. Taiwo Fasomu, Mr. Godwin Oke, Mr. Seun Jayesimi, Comrade Samson Bisiriyu, and Mr. Sola Okoya.


To draw the curtain, Mrs. Ruth Bisola Olusanya, Dr. Surajudeen Mudasiru, Otunba Dare Odufowokan, Mr. Abayomi Ojekunle amongst other dignitaries were presented awards of recognition.


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