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Association empowers students with leadership skills 

By Adaku Onyenucheya
28 June 2022   |   2:33 am
The Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) of Lagos, has empowered students of public secondary schools with leadership skills for the development of their immediate society and the country at large.

[FILES] YMCA building. etco

The Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) of Lagos, has empowered students of public secondary schools with leadership skills for the development of their immediate society and the country at large.

   
Tagged, ‘The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) contest’, several public senior secondary schools in Lagos, were engaged in a leadership training programme, aimed to empower young people to develop solutions to the problems ravaging the society, with the winner expected to become a one-day CEO at the YMCA office.
   
Member of the Publicity Committee, YMCA, Lagos, CEO contest, Tunji Makinde, who is also the judge, said the initiative is to get young people in secondary schools involved in conceptual thinking, current affairs and problem-solving skills among others.
   
He said the students were given orientation on the tenets, history and philosophy of the association, as well as team-building skills, sportsmanship and other activities engaging the young people in a positive manner.
   
Makinde noted that students were also engaged in a session, where they spoke on various problems prevalent in the society, ranging from corruption, building collapse, child abuse, cleanliness, unemployment, drug abuse and depression. 
   
He said these are critical issues identified by the students that are affecting the nation and required immediate solutions.
   
“Our idea is to harness the strengths of the youths in a positive manner. As a global association, it is our hope and aspiration that the young ones would be brought together as members and eschew social vices, especially cultism that is endemic in our schools and worrisome.

“At the end of the exercise, a winner will emerge to serve as a one-day CEO of YMCA association. We have two runner-ups that will serve as senior staff of the association as well as receive cash prices.

 
“We want to use it as a means of membership extension where these young people will identify with the YMCA and key into its holistic programmes of developing the mind and body through various activities, as well as develop their volunteering skills in terms of giving back to the society,” he said.
 
General Secretary/Chief Executive Officer, YMCA of Lagos, Adeniyi Akindayomi, said the programme was a way of preparing the young ones to take over leadership and create practical work experience for the future.
 
He said the association was engaging public schools in the Ikoyi axis of Lagos, where they would have the opportunity to try their hands on community development projects.  
 
kindayomi said the winner will receive an N120, 000 scholarship award, while the first and second runner-up will also receive a bursary award, as well as other incentives.