Dr Fahad Ahmed-Chikaji, Chairman and Chief Executive of Arewa Youth Trust Foundation (AYTF) on Thursday tasked graduating students of Hallmark International School on entrepreneurship to become self-employed.
He stated this while delivering a lecture at the opening of a two-day “Students’ Leadership Training Programme’’ held at the school in Zaria, Kaduna State.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the two-day lecture was organised by the foundation in collaboration with Hallmark school management.
Ahmed-Chikaji, who was recently honoured with the title of Peace Ambassador by “World Humanitarian Network’’, observed that the task ahead of them was enormous.
“You are going out to face the realities of the world. You are no longer kids now, you are adults and you need to have something doing before graduation.
“As purposeful and progressive youths, you shouldn’t rely on the government for jobs, that was then. Remember, government alone cannot provide a job for everybody.
“There are different skills acquisition that can fetch you cool money in silence, the only thing you need is to devote your time and learn the trade of your choice.
“By so doing, you will be free of want from others and you will never stay idle because an idle mind is the devil’s workshop,’’ the Chairman said.
While discussing challenges and opportunities available to students after graduation, Ahmed-Chikaji encouraged them to further their studies to contribute to national growth and development.
In his presentation, the Programme Manager of the Foundation, Malam Ahmed Abba-Mohammed urged the youths to exhibit high sense of discipline, patriotism and selflessness to take Nigeria to greater heights.
He urged the students to shun social vices and engage in productive ventures toward meeting their genuine needs.
The Foundation’s Communication officer, Mohammed Shamsuddeen-Ibrahim, who spoke on: `Leadership and it’s Values’ charged them to be good ambassadors of the school anywhere they found themselves.
He observed that the socio-economic and political growth of any nation largely depends on the quality of education its youths possessed.
“Remember, you are the future hope of this nation, the future of Nigeria as a nation depends on how best you prepare yourselves, how educated you are and how morally sound you are.’’