Youth in Rivers State have been charged to imbibe the spirit of volunteering services to others in the society.
Dr Carmelita Agborubere gave the advice Wednesday in Port Harcourt while delivering a public lecture at a one-day capacity building workshop for community based youth organizations in the state and organised by the state Ministry of Youth Development.
In his paper titled, “The Importance of Volunteering Services,” she described volunteerism as ability to render assistance or services to others in the society out of one’s volition without demanding or expecting payment.
She urged them to use their individual skills, expertise and professionalism to render selfless services to others stressing that government alone cannot do everything needed in the society but that through selfless efforts, such gaps could be filled.
“As unemployed graduates, there are several things you can do to change the lives of others,” she remarked, emphasizing that such efforts help to creatre spirit of generosity, build managerial skills, improve ones resume as well as open doors to other things beneficial to the society.
She admonished youths to shun the attitude of staying glued to televisions or involvement in other ventures that are of little or no benefit to themselves and society adding that by assisting others around you, one becomes agent of positive change.
A second lecture delivered by Mr King Chris Odogu and titted, “The Economic Opportunities Available to the Youths of Rivers State,” emphasised the importance of building ones capacity before going into economic ventures.
Mr Odogu said a lot of areas abound for youths in the state to go into business production that could provide employment to themselves and others instead of waiting for government to do everything for them. He mentioned agriculture, mining and sports, amongst others.
Special Adviser to governor Rotimi Amaechi on Skills Acquisition, Mrs Mary Alagoa said 120 youths had been sent to PTI Warri by the present administration and urged the youths to be serious, prayerful and make due advantage of numerous opportunities provided by the Amaechi administration to better their lives.
The theme of the workshop was, “Towards Revitalising the Spirit of Volunteering Services Amongst the Youth” and representatives of community based youth organisations from the 23 local government areas participated while six youth organizations received awards for their economic ventures and projects.