• Friday, June 14, 2024
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PEFON calls for youth development

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Professional Excellence Foundation of Nigeria (PEFON) has called on professionals in Nigeria and in the Diaspora to see to the development of youths.

PEFON is a collection of professionals from all fields in the country and abroad aimed at raising scholarship fund to assist youths in the country to study and become professionally qualified, and also assist employment creation.

The body is also aimed at collaborating and encouraging youths who may have failed to gain admission into higher institutions of learning to take up professional skills while waiting for admission into the institutions of their choice.

Ganiyu Koledoye, executive vice chairman, PEFON, made the call during the induction ceremony of 28 new professionals into the league held on Wednesday.

Koledoye called on the new inductees to use the massive resources at their disposal to develop Nigerian youth, adding that people complain about things government had not done forgetting about the things they ought to do to complement government efforts.

“The cornerstone of this foundation is to bring professionals together to encourage youths to pursue professional qualification, to stop the youths from roaming the streets and bring capable manpower to industries to ensure that the massive resources and facility available in the country is used to develop our youths.

“One thing people have failed to talk about Nigeria is that, people complain about the things we have not done as a country but failed to talk about those things we have and we have not utilise,” he said.

He also called on the new members to come up with ideas and areas of collaboration to help government in the areas of youth develpment. “As professionals, we want to help turn Nigeria around but we must first make our profession noble.”

Aare Ganiyu Koledoye, however challenged the new inductees to ensure that Nigerian youths who are yet to gain admission into tertiary institutions are not neglected but bring them together to empower them that while waiting for admission, “they could still do something to prepare them for tomorrow”, he added.

He also tasked the new members to ensure that the youths are not misdirected and not neglected. “Through us, Nigerians must know that our youth can still be important to shaping the positive future the country.”