UNILAG, WETATi Partner on Youth Empowerment, to Establish Center for Students

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By Miftaudeen Raji, Lagos

Determined to empower the youths in nation building through capacity building and entrepreneurship, the University of Lagos (UNILAG) has approved the establishment of an American-based organisation within the campus of the university.

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(L-R) WETATi Chief Executive Officer, Mrs.Brenda Chavis, scholarship recipient, Emmanuel Adebayo and Dr. Margaret at the conference.

The university is partnering with We’ re Empowered to Achieve The Impossible (WETATi) International, in a bid to pioneer the
organization in Nigeria.

Speaking while receiving the founder of WETATi, Dr. Margaret Dureke in his office, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ramon-Ade Bello, expressed satisfaction with the aspirations of the organisation saying that the university looks forward to further collaboration with WETATi.

Earlier, at the maiden edition of a two-day WETATi Youth Empowerment Conference Nigeria, held at the UNILAG Staff School auditorium, students were awarded scholarships just as some key personalities were also honored special policy awards.

The conference was graced by the Dean of Students, Prof. Tunde Babawale and hundreds of  student-participants.

The Dean enthused that it was a delight to partner with WETATi to bring the global youth empowerment conference 2015 to UNILAG because the university believe in the vision and mission of WETATi saying it was a synergy in the right direction for the growth of the teeming youths.

WETATi is now officially a part of the University of Lagos Nigeria and we are both happy that students may now become a part of this WETATi empowerment programme.

Dureke, a US based Nigerian author, disclosed to The Renaissance in an exclusive interview that plans are underway with Somolu Local Government of Lagos State to establish a center, where the organization will be administering continuing education for the
youths.

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She noted that the move to was inspired by the need to impact creative thinking into whatever students want to do; businesses, service, internship concept volunteerism among others.

Dureke expressed concern over what she described as a disconnect between what is taught in schools and what they need in the realities of school of life.

Advising the youths to change the paradigm, she urged students to exert a concerted effort in creating employments and maximizing opportunies right from school and not to wait for government on job creations.

“Who is going to create the jobs? We have to change that paradigm. Students have to compliment their class education with something creative rather than looking for jobs after school.

“The Programme is aimed at engaging students in practical application aspect rather that class education alone. We’ve seen a lot of education derelict in Nigeria and else where many graduate with degrees and really don’t know how to make their lives work,” she said.

Dureke, who also stressed the importance of service and volunteerism in nation building lamented that volunteerism is practically not in existence in Nigeria.

“You have to build for the future before the money can. If you want to make money, find a problem to solve,” she added.

She however, said the organisation will continue to prioritise on building a nation through mindset, service, voluteerism, mentor-ship, leadership with integrity and entrepreneurship.

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