Ambode commends ACYA at anniversary, dinner award
The African Youth Association (ACYA), Lagos Central Diocese recently celebrated its 20th anniversary and dinner party, tagged: “Youth Empowerment As a Panacea for Social Vices.”
Delivering a keynote address at the event on behalf of Lagos State governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Mr. S.O Ajibade applauded the role played by the Association in engaging youths.
While underscoring the importance of youth empowerment, the governor said the establishment of Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment by his administration in collaboration with other agencies and relevant stakeholders is aimed at designing and implementing empowerment programmes with far-reaching effects for young entrepreneurs in the state.
He said: “The State Government has developed a number of initiatives capable of unleashing the potentials of youths with a view to repositioning the state economy. These include, but not limited to free training for tradesmen and artisans on modern techniques and management, internship programmes for graduates, Agric YES and ICT training for graduates, among others. These capacity building programmes are specifically designed to impact positively on their skill, sharpen their entrepreneurial skills, broaden their horizon; bridge identified skill gaps and provide competitive edge.
The National Vice President of the association noted: “Our society and culture has neglected the youth and their wellbeing. Rather, it prioritises false images of success and wealth, which has plunged today’s youth into the distracting worlds of consumerism and technological isolation, thereby damaging relationships, including familial ties and spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ.
“Our secular culture does not offer proper economic, spiritual and personal tools to help youth become disciples of Jesus Christ. In short, our youth are settling for less in a society that ignores them. We must show our youth that the Church maintains a culture of love and discipleship.”