Nigeria’s public holders and leaders have been urged to invest in youths in the country in a bid to solve the nation’s economic challenges.
Bishop of Awori Anglican Communion Diocese, Rev Johnson Atere, also said Nigeria’s breakthrough depends on the will of government all levels to invest and focus more on entrepreneurship.
Atere made this call at an entrepreneurship training held in Ota in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State tagged “Stretch” where over 300 youths were trained on different skills.
While noting that youth investment and development is key to nation-building, Atere, said that it will also nip in the bud, the increasing crime rates in the country.
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He charged the leaders to avail the youth of the various opportunities that have been created for them by the governments, adding that Christian leaders must also organise empowerment programmes on entrepreneurship skills so as to uplift their members above the poverty line.
“Churches should embark on total preaching of the gospel. This means that the church will cater for the spiritual growth and physical growth, they will provide spiritual growth and also provide means for people who haven’t seen their physical foods.
“Like Jesus in Matthew 14, after preaching he discovered that people are hungry and so he did not just preach the spiritual he also went ahead to provide food for them.
“I think that is also the business of today’s church. We had so many encounters with people coming to us. What we have decided to do is to organise a programme of empowerment on entrepreneurship for people to learn and be aware that they have a responsibility to themselves and to their families,” Atere added.
Also corroborating Atere’s claims, convener of the training, Moses Agunrege said the government needs to enlighten people on the opportunities put in place to benefit the MSMEs, adding that poverty will continue to thrive in Nigeria until people discover their skills and invest in businesses.