A call for the redirection of the energy of Nigerian youths towards positive and productive ventures was recently made by Hon Rotimi Ogunleye, Honourable Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives in Lagos state. He made the call while delivering a keynote speech at an entrepreneurial and youth empowerment seminar organized by the Patriarch Bolaji Memorial Methodist Church Cathedral, Ikorodu Diocese.
In the address, Hon Ogunleye stressed the need for religious bodies to channel the energies of Nigeria’s teeming population towards positive economic and entrepreneurial ventures, stating that it was what the nation needs to effectively come out of the current economic recession being experienced across the nation.
He further charged other religious and non-governmental bodies to emulate the exemplary efforts of the Methodist Church, Ikorodu towards youth empowerment.
Hon Ogunleye also appealed to participants at the event and youths in general to think outside the box and respond to opportunities that abound around them, stating that, a nation like Nigeria, with its numerous challenges also offers tremendous opportunities for youths to thrive.
Earlier, in his speech, Rev S.O Osundina, Bishop of the Methodist Church, Ikorodu Diocese disclosed that the seminar was one of the efforts of the church towards promoting youth entrepreneurship.
The seminar also featured business exhibition and interactive sessions with some youth CEOs from the Methodist Church, led by an accomplished shoe maker, Olusola Benson.