By Ejike Ikezuagu – UK.
A Nollywood actor, Kenneth Okonkwo has intreated Nigerian youths to acquire skills to improve themselves. He said, skills acquisition will help them become self-reliant and to reduce the high rate of unemployment in the country.
He made the call last Wednesday in Abuja while receiving Ambassadorship Award from the Committee of Youths on Mobilisation and Sensitisation (CYMS). He said, youths need to improve themselves to be employable. They need to learn and, also network so that the public will know that they are available for such skills.
The veteran actor said, unemployed Nigerian youths need to fully engage themselves in skills acquisition programmes to get themselves equipped. It will also help them to set up businesses of their own, generate wealth, and become useful for themselves and the society.
He maintained that skill development is an effective instrument to reduce poverty and tackling of unemployment in Nigeria.
“Try to develop skills apart from the certificate. If you visit the internet now, you will see internationally certificated vocational skills”, the veteran actor said.
“Companies worldwide are now interested in those who have specific skills. One thing about this is that they can do it right in a corner of their houses”. Okonkwo said.
“Youths need to improve on themselves to be employable. They need to learn to also network so that the public can know they are available for such skills,” he said.
He advised unemployed youths not to give up on their dreams, saying that not being employed now should not be the end of the road.
The actor said, having received the ambassadorship certificate, the public should expect enlightenment and the value to empower the younger ones.
He advised the CYMS to be consistent in empowering the youth, adding that it would excite him now as an ambassador to the present project by the group.
The Director-General of CYMS, Mr Obinna Nwaka, expressed his gratitude to the actor and the partners for their support and commitment.
Nwaka said the CYMS expected that the ambassador would continue to work with the group and propagate its programme by making himself available whenever needed.
“We believe he can do more than we are expecting from him, that was the reason behind his nomination as the ambassador of the project,” Nwaka said.
Reports reaching Ogene Ndigbo Newspaper state that a Dubai-based football club, Gulf United FC and CYMS are working on plans to offer both academic and football scholarship to 120 Nigerian youths.
So far, 25 youths have been selected in Abuja by the organisers of the “Study and Play football scholarship empowerment programme project” and shall proceed to Lagos to continue the auditioning.
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