On Friday 6th December 2019, we had the privilege of hosting 106 youth workers, representing 42 youth work organisations, at the Oyo Public Symposium on Youth Work.
The Symposium was organized by Building Nations Initiative BNI, in partnership with Oyo St
ate Ministry of Youth and Sports, and Oyo State Agency for Youth Development, with the aim of inspiring collaboration among youth workers towards promoting strategic coordination of youth work practice in the State.
Speaking at the event, the Oyo State Commisoner of Youth and Sports, Hon. Seun Fakorede, expressed the commitment of the Oyo State Government towards promoting youth work practice, particularly through partnership, and capacity strengthening of youth workers.
The Chairperson Presidential Committee on Control of Codeine and Dean Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ibadan – Prof. Oluwatoyin Odeku, encouraged the education and training of youth workers towards combating the menace of youth drug abuse. She further advocated increased awareness on youth drug abuse through multi-stakeholders’ partnership between academic institutions, government, private, and youth work organisations.
While welcoming the participants, President/CEO, Building Nations Initiative BNI, Pharm John Oluwadero, explained youth work practice to be a process and not just an event. This was echoed by all speakers during the symposium.
Associate Professor at Faculty of Veterinary, Dr. Isaac Olatoye, highlighted the responsibility of parents, guardians, and youth workers in ensuring child protection, and safe guarding in working with with young people.
At the stakeholders’ interactive session, the Director of Youth mobilization at the Oyo State Agency for Youth Development, highlighted the activities of the agency, and registration procedures for youth work organisations in the state.
Youth workers at the symposium highlighted their challenges, needs, and aspirations towards demonstrating excellence in youth work practice.
They expressed their commitment to capacity strengthening of youth workers, strategic coordination and regulation of youth work through youth work policy, and partnership for youth development.
Among the youth work organisations present at the Symposium are: National Youth Council of Nigeria, Oyo State; Youth Friendly Centre, University of Ibadan; One African Child; FAME Initiative; Sozo Network; NASFAT Cadet; Girls Guides; Boys Scout; Boys & Girls Brigade; Junior Chamber International JCI, Man O’ War, Dream to Legacy, National Youth Service Corp; Junior Achievement Nigeria; Volunteer Hub Africa; AIESIEC; etc.