Leadership Summit: Abiodun, Olugbenle, hail Yewa youths, charge Association to continue as catalyst of development

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Leadership Summit: Abiodun, Olugbenle, hail Yewa youths, charge Association to continue as catalyst of development

Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, on Thursday, at the opening ceremony of the Yewa Youth Leadership Conference, has challenged Youths of Yewaland to continue to take the lead in exemplary conduct, business engagements, politics, and relationships with one another.

The State Governor who was represented by Mr. Olaolu Olabimtan, a Commissioner-Designate and Special Adviser for Budget and Planning made the charge while delivering the Governor’s opening speech at the Summit themed, “Empowering Youth: Leadership, Civic Engagement & Active Citizenship” held at Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro on September 14, 2023.

Governor Abiodun stressed the need for the youths to balance the acquisition of tertiary education with lucrative skills in the bid to become entrepreneurs.

‘You can make this place a more conducive environment if you continue on this commendable path, and should you not relent, Yewaland, Ogun State, Nigeria and the world at large, will no doubt be better for it.

‘The Governor is particularly interested in this gathering because of what it is capable of achieving; molding today’s and tomorrow’s leaders. His Excellency wants you to continue being the best”, Olabimtan said.

HRM Oba Kehinde Olugbenle MFR, Asade Agunloye IV, the Paramount Ruler of Yewaland, commended the young men for the courage and the stronger will which has prompted their availability to shoulder the tasking responsibility of fast-tracking the development of the area, adding that the gathering was a strong signal to the berth of a new dawn in Yewaland.

The Paramount Ruler, who was represented by HRM Oba Benjamin Olanite, the Onimeko of Imeko, Ogun State, at the opening ceremony admonished the teeming youths of the Yewaland to continue taking active and positive roles in moving Yewaland foreward.

‘The Paramount Ruler would want no other things from you than for you all to become the long-awaited catalysts for rapid development of Yewaland”, Oba Olanite stated.

At the Closing Ceremony on Friday 15th September, 2023, HRM Oba Kehinde Olugbenle MFR, Asade Agunloye IV, noted that the event was the first time, since his ascension on the throne, Yewa youths will gather as one to discuss their future. He stressed his admiration for the newfound sense of purpose and prayed for a brighter future.

Earlier, the first of the guest speakers, Dr. Funmilayo Oyefusi, Managing Partner, FTI Consulting, a renowned scholar, having commended the youths for their continued yearning for enviable academic degrees, admonished that skills acquisition should also be pursued as a reliable source of legitimate income and lasting financial backup, adding that such is obtainable in developed Nations.

Dr. Olawunmi Adekunle, Head, International Relations and Diplomacy, Chrisland University, Abeokuta, who also a guest speaker, in an engaging keynote address on “Border dialogue for Peace and Youth Empowerment in Yewaland”, advocated for border dialogue as a solution to security concerns arising in the border towns of Yewaland.

The first panel session, titled, “Leadership: Opportunities and Prospects for Community Development Through Active Citizenship”, anchored by Barrister Olaoluwa Folalu, had scholars of repute as panelists; Associate Prof. S.O.A Fakorede of the University of Lagos, Barr. Jibola Orisadare, Managing Partner, Pleasant Advocates and Solicitors; and Dr. (Mrs) Bunmi Olakanmi Banjo of the Department of Mass Communication, Federal Polytechnic Ilaro, who emphasised the undisputable fact that for Yewaland to become the land of the youth’s dream, they must determine to steer the wheel of patriotism.

We must never be tired of taking the lead in setting a good example in all our endeavors.

‘Many of us can also go into entrepreneurship for its a sure way of adding value to the economic sustainability of our place of birth. The truth is that academic certificate alone may not be enough”, Folalu implored.

The panel session on “Border Dialogue for Peace and Youth Empowerment in Yewaland”, moderated by Com. John Olopade highlighted issues ranging from the indiscriminate use of firearms by Customs officers, pursuance and seizure of bags of rice beyond immediate border towns, and improper dressing of Customs officers among many others was discussed by ACC Ibrahim Babangida Badaru, Assistant Comptroller, Nigeria Customs Service; CSP Olayinka Kuye, Divisional Officer, Nigeria Police Force, Ilaro Command; Com. Nafiu Abimbola and Com. Mawutin Imoleayo Deji.

Professor Rahmon Bello, the Chairman of Yewa People’s Development Council (YPDC), who lamented the poor regional economy and infra-structural deprivation faced by Yewaland, nonetheless condemned the “innovated means of survival contrary to accepted institutional means in the Nigerian society.”

Prof Bello, represented by the Secretary-General of YPDC, Pastor Bamidele Obafemi Akinola, FCA, also stressed the need for the youths to focus on skills acquisition as a way out, noting that “though, it should be balanced.

RazorTimes reports that the four objectives of the Conference, according to the Association’s President, Comr Abduljabaar Ayelaagbe, were met diligently; Empowerment, Education, Networking and Community Development.

“The Conference is not just an event; it’s a gathering of young minds, impassioned hearts, and the embodiment of our future, . . . We the youth, are the driving force behind progress, innovation and positive change.

Our dreams, aspirations and the fire in our hearts are the catalysts for a brighter future”, the President assured.

More than a thousand dignitaries and participants in the audience were Royal Fathers from across Yewaland: HRM Alayeluwa Oba Kehinde Gbadewole Olugbenle MFR, Olu of Ilaro Yewa and Paramount Ruler of Yewaland; HRH Oba Benjamin Olanite, Onimeko of Imeko-Yewa; HRH Oba Lukmon Olalekan Kuoye, Olu of Imasayi-Yewa; HRH Oba Gabriel Ogunji, Onijoun of Ijoun-Yewa; HRH Oba Buhari Makinde, Oniwoye of Iwoye-Yewa; HRH Oba Oyebanji Olowobese, Oloja of Oja-Odan Yewa; His Majesty, Oba A. I Akinola, Alaye of Ayetoro-Yewa ably represented by Elder Israel Adeogun Chairman, Yewa People Development Council (YPDC), Yewa North LGA.

Other distinguished guests include Excellency, Prince (Dr.) Dapo Abiodun, Governor of Ogun State ably represented by Mr. Olaolu Olabimtan, Special Adviser to the Governor on Budget and Planning and Commissioner-Designate; Dr. Isiak Kunle Salako, Hon. Minister of State, Environment Federal Republic of Nigeria (participated Virtually); Hon. (Mrs.) Lateefat Ajayi, Deputy Speaker, Ogun State House of Assembly ably represented by Dr. Seun Abati, HOD Mass Communication FPI; Mr. Peter Kolawole Fagbohun, Head of Civil Service of Ogun State ably represented by Mr. H. M Ojo, Permanent Secretary, Service Matters; Dr. Mukail Akinde, Rector, Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro ably rrrrrepresented by Dr. Wasiu Akinleke, Dean School of Management Studies, FPI; Professor Rahman Bello Chairman, Yewa People Development Council (YPDC) ably represented by Pastor Bamidele Akinola Secretary-General, YPDC; Dr. Akeem Taiwo, Chairman, Academic Staff of the Polytechnic (ASUP) FPI among others.