From Victor Seyi Ilorin
No fewer than 3,000 youths have concluded a three-day camping at Baptist Secretariat, Ganmo,kwara state where they were counselled on how to direct their energy and potentials to create jobs and be self-reliant.
The programme, which is an annual youth camp tagged “Young and Dynamic” (YAD), with the theme “Greater Exploits”, ran from Friday last week to Sunday.
It was designed to encourage youths and teenagers discover their potentials with a view to empowering them.
Convener of the programme, Rev. Dr Olawuyi James said: “YAD is arguably the largest annual Christian youths and teenagers gathering in Kwara State. They are brought together so as to discover their potentials and gifts. The vision is to empower youths for a glorious future. This year, the feature is on what we call greater exploits with a focus to train and
equip youths for greatness.
“In the world today, many people are just mere average and our youths are not so serious about making it in a clean way. But this year our focus is to open their eyes to opportunities that abound around them. There may be no jobs but they can still make it by looking inwards”.
The Emmanuel Baptist Church pastor admonished youths to shun vices that could serve as obstacles to their progress in life.
During one of the thought provoking breakout session; “Destiny Destroyers”, participants were taken through pitfalls and self-destructive habits that have derailed and destroy many youths.
Habits like sexual lust, unhealthy friendship and bad company, laziness, procrastination, pride, drug abuse and alcoholism; and perverted use of Internet facilities were identified as clogs in the wheels of progress for the youths.
Also at its professional session; “Skilful in Business, for graduates and undergraduates”, Engineer Biola Akinola from Bowen University, Mrs Odewumi of GOLAD Ventures and the Principal of Oyun Baptist High School, Deaconess Oloyede took turns to encourage participants to “own their lives” and be free from the burden of looking for jobs.
The speakers noted that being a successful business person required a lot of work, vision and perseverance.