Mr Kehinde Bamigbetan, Special Adviser to Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode on Community Matters and Communications, on Wednesday advised youths to be change agents working towards self-fulfilment in a changing environment.
Bamigbetan gave the advice at a youths conference held at FESTAC Town, headquarters of Amuwo-Odofin Local Council Area of Lagos State.
The conference had the theme: “Building the Future, Creating New Directions’’.
He advised the participants to build on their individual strengths without ignoring the need to address their weaknesses.
“Unless you understand your weaknesses and strengths, you cannot be a change agent,’’ he said.
He also called on youths to understand their environment to enable them exploit available opportunities.
“An entrepreneur must look around to fill a vacuum or meet a need. Entrepreneurship is about adding value and you cannot be an entrepreneur if you are not an agent of change. You have the power to make a change, be a change agent,’’ he urged the youths.
Bamigbetan advised youths to acquire relevant skills and read widely in order to deepen their knowledge.
This, according to the governor’s aide, would help them to overcome any challenges posed by ignorance, culture and religion.
In his contribution, a cleric and youth development consultant, Pastor Richard Minet, called for rebuilding of societal values as a strategy to bring the desired change.
Minet spoke on “Creating New Directions and Laying the Right Foundation’’.
“We need to walk on our value system; we celebrate the wrong things and that is why we are where we are.
“Everybody is celebrating money but we need to create new directions,’’ he urged.
He advised youths to discover their potentials, believe in themselves and apply their skills appropriately.
“Start from somewhere and be patient; failure is not the opposite of success; it is part of success.’’
Also speaking, motivational speaker, Mr Michael Oladapo, encouraged the youth to build a brand.
“Be a person of integrity, consistency and quality; build your value, check for what distinguishes and go for growth and experience,’’ he advised
The immediate past chairman of the council, Mr Ayodele Adewale, urged youths who made unsuccessful attempts at entrepreneurship not to give up hope.
The former chairman, who was represented by Mr Oluwasegun Oketooto, the immediate past Secretary-General of the Obafemi Awolowo Students’ Union, spoke on “Dealing with Failure’’.
“ You can still have a new beginning; just be bold and love what you do,’’ the former chairman said.
Chairman of the council, Mr Valentine Buraimoh, urged the youths to see opportunities in every situation. Buraimoh said that youths should take advantage of technological growth to be self-reliant.
The Convener of the conference and Coordinator of Youth Entrepreneurs Leadership Forum (YELF), Mr Patrick Ujomun, said that the forum would soon organise a three-day skills acquisition programme for interested youths in in the area.
He said that the youths would be trained in shoe-making, phone repair, web design and computer programming, among other skills.