By Victor Adeoti
Osogbo, Oct. 7, 2020 A member of the House of Representatives, Mr Shina Abiola-Peller, has described the Nigerian youth as valuable assets and critical stakeholders in nation building.
The lawmaker made the call at the opening of a two-day ‘Get Involved in Leadership Training’, organised by Lead Generation Initiative (LGI), an NGO, on Wednesday in Osogbo.
Abiola-Peller, an APC lawmaker, representing Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Kajola/Iwajowa Federal Constituency in the lower legislative chamber, said that the youth needed to strive to take their rightful place and avoid being constantly short-changed.
The lawmaker, who is also the founder of the NGO, said it was high time youths brought value to the table and boost their negotiating power for a better Nigeria.
According to him, they must not hesitate in getting involved in policy making, adding that they should also show interest in issues concerning governance and nation building.
“As you embark on the journey of becoming leaders, choose to be an inter-dependent one that will be trained to train others and garner like minds, for effective community development.
“If you look around our society, I know there are numerous issues you are not comfortable with; there are things that bother you and you are eager to change the status quo.
“As the saying goes, charity begins at home; we must begin with our immediate communities,’’ the lawmaker said.
Abiola-Peller said that participants would be trained in effective leadership skills, strategic communication, political mobilization, active citizenship and nation-building.
According to him, the NGO is an organised movement for socio-political, economic and cultural change and development.
He added that it was also a movement that took pride in building and inspiring young people to get involved and take responsibility for their communities and the nation at large.
The lawmaker, who noted that the first edition of the training had taken place in Ibadan, said that the feedback had indicated that Nigeria could become a better place, with leaders who were ready to consciously take charge of their immediate communities.
Also speaking, the lawmaker’s wife, Mrs Sefiat Abiola-Peller, said that the youth, after the training, would be expected to train others on leadership skills in their respective communities.
Mrs Abiola-Peller, who is Executive Director of LGI, said the training would be done in all states of the country, with the hope of building youths that would build “a Nigeria of our dream’’.
Two of the participants, Miss Anifat Sheriff and Mr Opeyemi Oladimeji, commended the organisers of the training, saying that it would assist them to become good leaders in the task of building the country.