By Ayobami Agboola, Osogbo
No fewer than hundred Nigerian youths who have succeeded in their various field of specialisations were on Friday honoured with the Royal Young Leadership Awards.
The awards programme which was held at Oduduwa Hall, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife is organised by the Ooni of Ife , Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi in conjunction with Royal African young leadership forum.
The recipients of the awards were also installed as King’s Ambassadors who would be representing other millions that are recording amazing successes in their various villages , community and urban areas.
Among the prominent Nigerian youths who bagged the Royal Awards are; the grand son President Sheu Shagari , Bello Balls Shagari, Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Rt Honourable Debo Ogundoyin, Chit Whip , Osun State House of Assembly, Hon Tunde Olatunji, Oyo Commissioner for Youths and Sports , Hon Oluwaseun Fakorede, grandson of Late Obafemi Awolowo, Seyi Awolowo, Barr Chima Obieze, Enugun State House of Assembly Son in law to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Prince God’swill Edward among others.
Speaking,the Ooni of Ife posited that the reality of Africa rapid population expansion is expected to reach 2.8billion by the year 2060.
He stressed that with the world Bank statistics, with 65%of these counted as youths are energetic and innovative driven demography.
The Ooni who spoke on the theme “Africa of the The Future :Unleashing The Assets of its narratives”said these demography are building multipurpose vehicle and economic applications system that is aiding new milestones of individuals economics successes .
Ooni stressed that already Africa is reaping a tremendous tremendous demographic dividend from this millennium generations with exciting and fascinating growth which is altering the continent socio-economic development.
He noted that with the incredible and remarkable youths population that are gaining new knowledge, modern skills acquisitions, technology agility, dexterity and adroitness, the continent is assured.
The Ooni of Ife further noted that Africa is already regarded as the next economics frontier in the globalization.
He argued that the eagles eyes of the global community would continues to see a continent that is rich both in human and natural resources.
The Monarch stressed that sheer size, young population explosion, innovation development, sophisticated creative culture and the continent diversity distinctiveness are true potential that are attracting global attention into the continent.
In his own remarks at the occasion, the Minister of Youths and Sport Development Mr. Sunday Dare said the future of the country are the youths.
He contended that any nation that dreams of even development must make use of its youths tremendously.
The Minister also stressed that if any government refuses to invest on its youths such a government would witness a retrogresives development.
He however submitted that as for the present government in the country it’s focusing on a youth’s agenda program to add value to thier live and at the same time make them more productive in the society.
The Minister equally noted that 1.5million of the nation youths are targeted to be employed in a designed program by the federal government.
He also remarked that the government would continue to partner with the Royal Africa Young leadership forum for even development.
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