Group mentors 300 young graduates for community development
The Yoruba World Congress (YWC) is set to commence a mentorship programme aimed at guiding about 300 Yoruba youths that will put them at the centre of personal and community development.
The six-month programme would link 50 seasoned Yoruba professionals from various sectors and countries to graduates chosen from 10 states across Nigeria.
The initiative was announced at the end of a YWC event tagged, “YWC launch with the Leader that brought together young people from 10 states to discuss the role, responsibility and opportunities for young educated professionals in Yoruba land.
In his remarks, the keynote speaker, Tola Adeniyi noted that graduates are expected to play a leading role in the restoration of the Yoruba nation’s first class position in education, healthcare delivery provisions, sound and solid economic and fiscal policies, industrial revolution, excellent foreign affairs policies, defence and security as well as principles of justice, equity and fair play for which our founding fathers were well known”.
On his part, Emeritus Prof Banji Akintoye urged Yoruba youths to “look around and see what they can do to help themselves and their communities.”
Akintoye urged young people to use their skills to forge partnerships that will bring innovation and improvement to ways of doing things.
In explaining the YWC graduate mentorship programme, the secretary, Prof Anthony Kila said the initiative is aimed at helping young graduates educate, empower and engage communities towards emancipation and security of life, property and culture.
Prof Kila also explained that the programme would work to help young graduates progress in the three crucial areas of employment, setting up ventures and further education.