Nigerian youths have been challenged to see brighter future as a possibility; they were also told, "The future is right now" and therefore, needed to make proper use of the opportunities in their hands. These formed parts of advice given to youths who were participants at the just concluded one-day long seminar, put together by the Lonadek Oil/Gas Consultants in Abuja.
Being the 15th edition in the series of the workshop which is always targeted at young children in Secondary Schools, drawn from across the country, it was tagged "Vision 2020: Youth Empowerment and Restoration Initiative Career Workshop".
Held at the Women National Development Centre, Abuja, the seminar featured various speakers as well as motivating films, which were shown to the young audience during the event, all in order to challenge the youths to be the best they could be in life.
One interesting part of this year's edition was the tips given to girls by two male speakers who took turn to speak, teaching girls and young ladies on how to prevent themselves from being raped, harassed or molested by their male counterparts. Girls were told to be preventive in mode and stop boys from taking undue advantage of them in all situations of life.
The girls were also tasked to always encourage true/deep relationships, "trust your guy"; ladies should not give room for cheating, which could lead to harassing of such a girl", said one of the speakers. Speaking further, he said, "No one loves to be a victim of rape", so ladies should from time to time, avoid questionable situations and always allow for self pride."
Further, they were told that there is strength in numbers as that can also save them from being harassed, molested or being raped by their male counterpart; it was also described as source of protection for girls/ladies, rather than when they are all alone, which can encourage a boy or group of boys to harass, intimidate, molest or even rape them.
Similarly, Mrs. Joy Nkechi Owo from Manpower Limited, in a lecture titled "Embracing the Bright and Colorful Future", noted that "rather than wasting away precious time which can make you have a brighter future, you all need to use you time judiciously and, it starts now."
While identifying hard work and determination as the key to a brighter and colorful future, she tasked youths to try and be like the Malawian boy, Williams, who produced a windmill that produced electricity. On what youths will do to have a brighter future, Owo listed four points: Have a dream; decide to make a difference; Cultivate good habit and lastly, Develop your creative mind.
About three films were aired in the workshop. The most interesting of the films was a film about a Malawian youth, Williams, who, due to paucity of funds dropped out of school, but eventually become a prominent person simply because he made good use of his brains at the right time.
The story had it that, despite dropping out of school, William had gone ahead to borrowed a book to read from the library and from there, he was challenged to produce the windmill. Before then, he was never accessible to computer/internet, through that, he was invited to America and other places after the windmill's production and was able to make use of computer/internet.
Having read the book he borrowed, William read it diligently and got challenged by what he read therein and was able to build a windmill to produce electricity. Williams before that adventure was not able to make use of neither the computers nor the internet but, through his invention, he was invited to the United States of America in 2007 and from there he learnt to use the computers, the internet and other modern equipment as well as visiting other places. He was just 14 years of age by the time he completed building the windmill and shortly after, rose to become known all over the world.