Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, a former minister of education has said that Nigeria’s greatness lies in human capital development programmes for youths and not oil or solid minerals.
She said this in Abuja at a yearly youth programme of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), known as “SHIFT.”
The SHIFT initiative uses unconventional ways such as dancing, singing, comedy, innovation and empowerment that youths could relate with to become Christians.
NAN reports that the programme, themed, “Creativity Unleashed” brought youths from Abuja, Plateau, Niger as well as Kaduna and Nasarawa States.
Ezekwesili said the programme serves as an avenue for youths to showcase their hidden talents which should be unleashed and unlocked.
Her words: “The more we emphasise education, talents, diligence, values, the more we have youths that can face competition with the rest of the world.
“Youths are the present leaders of the country; if we don’t prepare them to become people who are able to actualise their utmost potentials, what happens will affect them,’’ she said.
The National Youth Minister of RCCG, Pastor Precious Akingbade, called on youths to discover, develop and deploy their creativity to profitable ventures.
Akingbade urged youths not to wait for the Federal Government to provide jobs when they could acquire some skills.
“God in His wisdom has embedded into every man greatness; it is just for that individual to discover it, develop it and deploy it.
“In the process of deployment, opportunities would come and such an individual does not really need to wait for government jobs which are not just there.
“We have millions of young people who are just roaming around the streets today looking for white collar jobs but there are few individuals that I know that this programme has produced.
“They are doing well in the entertainment industry, in creative arts and they are making a lot of money and fulfilling their destiny in life,’’ Akingbade said.