To improve the lives of Nigerian youths, an indigenous philanthropic organisation, the TY Danjuma Foundation (TYDF), has offered over 1,000 youths with career and business development skills.
At its Career Day event, which held recently in Benin, Edo State, the youths were taught life- building skills and an opportunity to interact with accomplished Nigerians who could serve as their mentors.
Speaking at the event, with the theme: “Developing the Capacity of Youths to Build Successful Careers and Businesses”, the Executive Director, TY Danjuma Foundation, Ms. Thelma Ekiyor said the Career Day was the contribution of the Foundation towards career development among Nigerian youths.
“The youths are key in the development of any nation. They are the long-term investment of any responsible society. If their future is mismanaged, then, we as a nation, are missing out on an important aspect of our future,” Ekiyor explained
On the high level of unemployment among youths Ekiyor challenged participants to take the bull by the horns and attempt becoming employers themselves and be determined to discover the talents in them.
The Minister for Youth Development, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi commended the Foundation for taking the initiative to develop the capacity of Nigerian youths.
“This is the first time my Ministry is having an opportunity to engage youths this large at a forum on career development and it is worthwhile because we must build the capacity of the youths for the nation to develop,” Abdullahi said.
He urged the participants to take seriously what they had learnt at the forum to build their individual capacities to be successful and be willing to give back to the society same way the TYDF is doing across the country.
The Foundation gave two graduates among the participants an opportunity to work as interns for the organisation.
The Foundation has invested in programmes that ensure young people become self reliant by supporting projects of such youths particularly at the community level.
It also has an internship programme through which young people are trained while beneficiaries of the Income Generating Programme of the Foundation are implementing entrepreneurship and mentorship projects.