BY PRUDENCE IJAH, ABUJA
Conversation for change (C4C) says the fellowship programme will provide a communication platform for the voices of the youths to be heard, start up businesses, build capacity, provide support in cash and kind in other to improve the chances of business survival and success in the Country.
Speaking at the maiden capacity building workshop for the 2018/2019 C4C Global entrepreneurship fellowship program, the President of Conversation for Change, Dr Kechi Ogbuagu said the fifteen youths aged 15-40 will be trained on all round management skills, product quality, indepth training on business and mentorship for one year amongst others.
Ogbuagu said “the concept of the fellowship is that when we train these youths, in five years time, they will become employers of labour and create jobs in their various fields, while this training increases the chances of their business survival, and we call this galvanizing the movement of young entrepreneurs and we call it social entrepreneurship”
On the means of selection for the first set of youths, Ogbuagu said “the selction process was rigorous as the focus was on people with good business ideas, passion and willingness to excel.
The United Nations Population Fund UNFPA) international operations manager Godwin Francis in his address reiterated the need to continuously provide avenues for the empowerment of youths towards an improvement in the nation while he urged the participants to put in their best towards the betterment of mankind.
The UNFPA head of media and communication Kori Habib, said 42% of Nigerians are young people hence the need to create an avenue for change and empowerment through the partnership with C4C. In her words, ” in UNFPA, we have three pillars within our programs that we focus on, maternal health specifically dealing with family planning, we do with data in terms of census and today we are into to humanitarian activities beside gender equality. Our emphasis are on women but the young boys are part of it and our hastag is putting young people first”.
In his goodwill message, the director Lux Terra Leadership foundation Reverend Father Dominic Adeiza stressed the need for the potentials of the youths to be tapped, properly channeled, shaped and focused so they can take their place in the committee of nations. He however urged the participants of the fellowship to always evaluate their actions and seek to impact the lives of humanity.
A member of the board of trustees Conversation for change Carol Ndaguba in her message said the target is to mobilize over one million youths to give them a voice and ensure their participation in development at all levels.
Two of the participants Henry James Ochigbor who will like to be trained on fish farming and Lydia Usman who is a hair stylist, expressed hope that through the fellowship program, they will be empowered to make a difference and create jobs for the younger ones.
The objective of Conversations for Change is to empower young people to participate more effectively in all relevant areas of development.