Nigerian youths have been admonished to become pacesetters in their chosen fields and not shy away from taking initiatives.
Robert Ikazoboh, MD/CEO Dragnet Solutions Limited gave this advice while delivering a lecture at the AIESEC National Youth Summit recently held in Calabar.
The Summit which was designed to train youth on personal, professional and global competencies attracted delegates from the Cross Rivers State Government and other corporate organizations.
In his keynote presentation titled “Young Leaders, Acting towards Sustainable Impact”, Ikazoboh noted that most Nigerian youths are scared to take initiative and simply wait for things to happen. He also identified fear, lack of goals, wrong association and a negative mental attitude as other factors responsible for the inability of most Nigerian youth to create a sustainable impact on their environment.
The keynote speaker therefore charged the “leaders of tomorrow” to be imaginative, willing to try new things, strive to be the best in their chosen field and consistently crave for knowledge and experience through reading. These he said would give each youth a competitive edge among his peers.
With approximately 300,000 graduates being awarded the NYSC certificate annually and the unemployment rate pegged at 23.9% by the National Bureau of Statistics, Ikazoboh reiterated the need for graduates to be smart, creative and able to identify their Unique Selling Point which potential employers will recognize as being highly valuable.
Speaking further, he also urged young jobseekers not to merely focus on what an organization is willing to offer them but to always focus on how they can add value to an organization because according to him, “life is not just about getting a job but making a sustainable living based on mutual exchange of fair value”.
He added that with passion, firm determination and willingness to seek needed help along the way, youth can be productively engaged thus creating a sustainable impact on the larger society.
The Dragnet boss therefore encouraged the youth to be “Outliers”, always seeking avenues to make a sustainable impact in their environment.