Friday, July 27, 2018 7.30PM / Proshare WebTV
The NECCI PR Roundtable one of Nigeria’s foremost strategic and thought-provoking national dialogues, hosted its 18th annual edition discussing the theme “The Youth Debate:From Potential to Reality-Inclusion, Engagement & Transformation”.
It was an opportunity for stakeholders in the nation to explore how the youth in the country can reposition themselves to be strategic drivers of Nigeria’s socio-economic growth.
In her opening remarks the Convener of the Roundtable Mrs Nkechi Ali-Balogun described the forum as a critical public communications forum, that seeks to address annually topical issues of utmost national concern.
Mrs Balogun said the focus on the “Youth Debate” was apt considering the demography of Nigeria which is dominated by young people and the quest for inclusion in governance, business and technology.
Delivering her keynote on “Youth in Governance”, Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili Former Minister in Nigeria and Convener, Bring Back Our Girls Campaign (BBOG), made a strong case for quality leadership which is vital for Nigeria’s development.
The chartered accountant buttressed the fact that societies that have poor governance are at the bottom of the economic table of the world, while societies that have good governance are at the top of the economic league.
Speaking further on the essence of good governance, the policy expert said “No society whose citizens wish to do well can avoid good governance”.
She asserted that three C’s are essential for leadership namely; character, competence and capacity which has been the hallmark of developed economies like Singapore, a former third world country.
Dr Ezekwesili charged the youth to imbibe the Singapore model of quality leadership that adopted key indices of good governance which include sound policies, strong institutions and provision of public goods and services.
Decrying the statistics that show Nigerian youth and women are adversely affected by poverty and unemployment, Ezekwesili was of the view that there must be a systemic change in the socio-economic space.
According to her “The Nigerian Youth must seek to get involved in governance and must be purveyors of good governance because they are at the receiving end of bad governance”.
She also called on the youth to set a pathway for driving development in the country, by utilizing the opportunity in the fourth Industrial Revolution, which is digital-led.
On her part the Chairman of First Bank Nigeria Plc Mrs Ibukun Address in her address to the roundtable discussing “Youth and Business in Nigeria” harped on the need for the nation to drive a 10-20 year development plan, that integrates youth entrepreneurship and social cohesion.
Mrs Awosika stressed that the young leaders in Nigeria have a responsibility of closing the gap of divisions caused by ethnicity, religion and socio-political differences, to achieve progress and development.
The notable entrepreneur said “We have a nation to build, we have entrepreneurs to create among the teeming youth population and we must set the goal of building a nation that has principles and values”.
Like other developed and strategic nations, Awosika noted that it was time for Nigeria to push a common goal and dream that binds the nation, and gives every citizen a sense of belonging.
The NECCI PR roundtable featured panel sessions on “Mainstreaming the Youth Agenda: Perspective for National Development-2019 and Beyond” with Mr Olufemi Awoyemi, CEO, Proshare Mr Lanre Olusola, Life Coach/Chief Catalyst, Olusola Lanre Coaching Academy, Henrietta Yakubu,GM, Public Affairs, Federal Airports Authority Nigeria(FAAN), Richard Mofe-Damijo, Veteran Actor and Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji, Founder/CEO, Rise Networks as panelists.
Also there was a session on “Resetting the Youth Agenda: Dynamics & Challenges” with Mr Adebola Williams, Co-Founder, Red Media Africa, Ronke Bamisedun, PR Consult & Founder, BWL agency, Mr Japheth Omojuwa, Nigerian Blogger & Public Speaker, Uchechi Onuoha, Associate Analyst, Chain Reactions PR Plc, Funmi Modupe, Principal Adviser, Global Interns Company, Babatunde Adeshina Faustino, Marketing/ Advert Traffic Officer, Unilag Radio/TV, and Afia Drah, Head, Public Relations, Trust Hospital, Ghana.