Experts charge youths to be more value driven


Youths have been charged to incorporate technological spirit and be value oriented, as a sure way to becoming change makers in the society.

This was the centre piece at the one-day Tech Meet-Up which took place on Saturday 29th February, 2020 at Yaba, Lagos State. 

Delivering a keynote speech at the event organized by AOI Foundation, Mr. Usman Abiola, a Product Design Manager urged the youths to equip and add values to themselves with required skills, maintaining that the world is evolving with technology, which he argued one cannot successfully discharge without self development.

“As youths, you must have interest in learning about technology. You have to develop yourself”

He disclosed that the best an organisation needs now is a “Problem Solver” who, according to him, must be versatile and can be what he called “Game Changer”.

This, he also maintained, requires technological skills, versatility, ability to solve problems, self development, among others.

He challenged the youth to make adequate use of such great opportunities. 

Dissecting the theme of the event, “Thriving in Industry 4.0,” the speaker described positive change as a technological movement of transformation, adding that the first step to becoming a technocrat is having a vision and bringing them into reality.

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Usman said the condition of developed and undeveloped nations in the world is primarily a resultant effect of technology of each country, charging the youths to take up the challenge and take their destinies into their hands, by acquiring the relevant skills, knowledge and training. 

However, he said technology is not just about interest, but all about ability to solve a problem having a unique selling point.

The Project Design Manager hinted that the mentality of many youths to keep searching for jobs will cause them to continue to be unemployed persons roaming the streets.

Also speaking at the event, Mr Umar Aderibigbe whose focus of discussion was in the area of ettiquttes and personal grooming especially as it relates to descipline, highlighted the importance of knowledge and personal development to create the right impression at important occasions.

According to him, people’s perception of others is paramount,  so it would appear that being diligent is pivotal in any organization one finds himself.

Convener and the Founder of AOI Foundation, Mr Toyyib Shuaib Atata said the primary purpose of organising the tech event was to reawaken the perception of Nigerian youths through promotion of ideas and innovations in different walks of life.

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He said globally, technology contribute largely to the development of the country and it poses a big threat if not attended to.

“If we don’t pay attention to technology and incoprporate it to our career or businesses, there’s no way we can grow.  That is why we have technologies for information that are built by individuals.

One of the participants who is a web developer, Mr Abdul-Rahmon Yusuf assured that what he learnt would not just end here but inculcate it in his dealings.

Another participant identified as Fadheela Bakri, expressed her delight while charging youths to identify their interests and have additional knowledge to the existing one.

The meet-up had in attendance students of tertiary institutions who aim to venture into the tech industry in the nearest future. Graduates and young tech professionals were also there.

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