Brain Builders International, a non-governmental organisation involved in entrepreneurship, community development and youth empowerment has organised a Summit to commemorate the International Youth Day for 2017.
The Summit which took place at the Nigerian Union of Journalists’ Press House in Ilorin on Saturday, 12th August, 2017, was themed “Youth for Peace: Leveraging Technology and Innovation for Peace Building, Youth Empowerment and Community Development.”
The event had in attendance Alhaji Saka Babatunde, Senior Special Adviser on Youth Matters to the Kwara State Governor; Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, represented by Hon. AbdulRafiu (a member of the House); Dr. Mahfouz Adedimeji, Director of the Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ilorin; among other dignitaries.
In the welcome address by the National Coordinator, Brain Builders International,
Mr Olasupo Abideen, he welcomed the invited guests, panelists and participants to the summit which, according to him, is aimed at developing and improving Nigerian youth in the course of building the country.
The representative of the Speaker of the Kwara House of Assembly, Hon. AbdulRafiu while delivering his speech congratulated the youth over the passage of the NotTooYoungToRun bill by the Senate. However, he mentioned that for the youth to be successful in their quest for a better society, three things must be well taken care of. According to him, the three things are; being a good role model; having good communication skills; and determination or focus which breeds creativity and enhances diversity.
The keynote Speaker, Dr. Mahfouz Adedimeji, a Director at the University of Ilorin, emphasised the need for collaborative effort in ensuring the existence of peace in the society. He mentioned that “peace is rested in contribution not competition, on communication not confrontation”, adding that technology could be utilised as a medium to further promote peaceful coexistence beyond the confines of one’s wall.
Mr. Muyiwa Matuluko of Tech Point and Mr. Eze-Ifedy Ralph, a trained lawyer and entrepreneur, admonished youth present at the occasion to leverage on the existing technology and the internet to further build their capacity. The speakers also mentioned the need for each youth to identify his/her passion and work towards it, without fear or external influence.
The event, which was supported by Omoluabi Foundation, featured three plenary sessions on various issues. The first session, anchored by Mr. Babatunde AbdulAfeez, on the topic, “The Need for Technology, Creativity and Innovation in youths as a yardstick for National Development” had Mr. Wale Bakare, Mr. Jelil Adedoyin, Mr. Taslim Okunola and Mr. Usman Abiola as panelists.
The second plenary session anchored by Miss Jimoh Nurah, on the topic “Maximizing the Social Media and Communication as a tool for Global Brand Development and Entrepreneurship” had as panelists, Miss Ojoogun Fasilat, Miss Mutiat Olagoke, Miss Hassan Amirah and Mr. Ademola John.
The third plenary session anchored by Mr. Kunle Adebajo was on “The Role of Youths and Technology in advocating Good Governance, Effective Leadership and Community Development”. Panelists for this session were Mr. Abdullateef Ishowo, Mr. Abideen Olasupo, Mr. Akeyewale Rilwan, Mr. Mike Oladipo and Mr. Dare Adebayo.
The event also featured a short break and networking session, where youth present were able to ask questions and relate personally with the panelists, invited guests and participants.
It should also be noted that Brain Builders International had organised several other programmes which border on youth empowerment, entrepreneurship and community development.