A former Special Assistant to Ogun State Governor on Job Creation and Youth Empowerment, Mr Abiola Odetola has hailed the mentoring role of Former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Africa
Mr Odetola specifically commended the unparalleled commitment of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo to supporting leadership capacity development for the youths in Africa saying that it was indeed a worthwhile investment that will definitely help Africa to achieve greatness.
The former Special Assistant disclosed this while speaking during the Presidential Youth Mentorship Retreat held at the Youth Development Centre, Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) Abeokuta
Among the participants at this annual event were the Former Prime Minister of Mali, the CEO of Providus Bank, Mr Walter Akpani, Prof. Peter Okebukola, and the Chairperson of the Youth Development Centre, Dr. Bisi Kolapo.
Odetola disclosed that this selfless act of the former President of providing mentoring and serving as big shoulder for the youths to lean on is priceless as it is helping the young ones to get more aware of their environment and see what they could also do to effect positive change
He said “The challenges we face as African youths are vast, but so are the opportunities. It is in this very context that Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR, has created this program. He has provided a beacon of hope, a platform for young people to be prepared for the future, and an avenue for the seamless flow of knowledge and experience from one generation to the next”.
Speaking on the theme of the three days conference which ended on Wednesday, Odetola charged the youths to be more concerned and deliberate in helping to promote a very sustainable environment.
He said “We stand here today, not merely as individuals, but as a united force of dreamers, thinkers, and doers. Each one of us carries the power to make a difference in our societies and contribute to the green economy in unique and impactful ways.
“As we embark on this journey of knowledge, experience, and insight, let us embrace the privilege and responsibility that comes with it. Let us promise ourselves and our great continent that we will carry forward the wisdom we gain here, the friendships we forge, and the determination to contribute to a greener, more prosperous Africa” said Odetola.
Abiola Odetola also took the opportunity to extend his gratitude to Governor Abiodun for his significant contributions to the Green Economy. He commended the governor for embracing sustainability through the recently launched Mass Transit Scheme, which not only enhances public transportation but also aligns with environmental conservation efforts. Additionally, he acknowledged the governor’s commitment to fostering green skills among the youth, a vital component in advancing a sustainable future for the state and the continent at large. This proactive approach by Governor Abiodun further reinforces the shared vision of a greener and more prosperous Africa