Airtel partners Lagos State on youth empowerment

As part of its commitment to empower young Nigerians, leading telecom operator, Airtel Nigeria, has partnered with Lagos state Ministry of Youth Development to organize an intensive capacity building workshop for select, exceptional youths across the state.

The one-week long training exercise, which climaxed last week at a colourful presentation ceremony at the National Youth Service Corps orientation camp in Lagos, offered many youths a rare privilege to hone their leadership skills, network, brainstorm, initiate and implement specific programmes to accelerate their personal development as well as personal effectiveness.

The highlight of the closing ceremony was the emergence of Lana Promise Elijah as the new Lagos State Ambassador for youths. He emerged winner among the top five participants from the week-long intensive training.

The new Lagos state youth ambassador who was presented with a brand new laptop by Airtel Nigeria was charged by the telco to lead by example and set a good standard for all youths in the state and beyond.

The other top 4 finalists who emerged the best participants at the grand finale were each awarded with an Apple iPad from Airtel Nigeria and recognised as Lagos State Youth Ambassadors for their respective divisions.

In the first leg of the programme, a total of 500 participants went through a five-day intensive training exercise held at designated youth centres located in the five administrative divisions of the State.

Ten outstanding participants from each centre were then selected for the leadership camp where they acquired leadership skills, group management skills and partook in various outdoor activities.

Participants in the IBILE initiative are required to have minimum qualification of SSCE/WASC and the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA) card in order to register for the programme. Registrations forms were made available at designated Youth Centres across the state.

The week-long activities featured exciting games, life coaching session and skills acquisition trainings. Specifically, the leadership training programme was designed to equip participants with the core ingredients required for a promising bright future.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Lagos State Commissioner for Youth, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf hailed the Airtel for its commitment towards the development and empowerment of youths in Lagos State.

“Airtel Nigeria has demonstrated commitment to helping and empowering young Nigerians to achieve their dreams. The Lagos State government will continue to find innovative ways through which we can collaborate more with Airtel to empower many more young Nigerians,” Mrs. Akinbile-Yusuf stated.

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Airtel, Mr. Segun Ogunsanya, who was represented by the Director for Enterprise Business, Tawa Bolarin, noted that as a youth-centric brand, Airtel strongly believes in empowering, nurturing and inspiring young Nigerians to achieve their full potentials.

Dignitaries at the closing ceremony of the IBILE Youth Academy include the Lagos State Commissioner for Youth, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf; Director of Enterprise Business, Airtel Nigeria, Tawa Bolarin; Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Youth & Social Development, Honourable Adedamola Richard Kasumu and the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Youth & Social Development, Mr. Hakeem Muri Okunola.


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