Youths in the country have been enjoined to brace up for the task ahead of them especially in the evolving digital world.
They were also asked to embrace the changes in the information communication technology (ICT) and position themselves to take advantage of the enormous opportunities in the digital era.
Experts from various walks of life stated this at a one day summit tagged “Achieving Consistent Goals” organized for the youths by the Redeem Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Lagos.
The programme which attracted several persons from far and near was organized under the auspices of Lagos Province 2, Israel Assembly, Young Adults and Youth Affairs.
The experts include the senior partner, Verraki, Mrs. Abayomi Olarinmoye; the Chief Operating Officer (COO), MDXi Data Centre, Mr. Gbenga Adegbiji; and the General Manager for Digital Advisory Services, Wragby Business Solutions and Technologies Limited, Mr. Akin Ayodele.
While Ayodele spoke on “Digital Skills and Possibilities in a New World”, Olarinmoye delivered a paper titled “Preparing Youths for the Disruption: New Opportunities, Critical Skills”. On his part, Adegbiji delivered a paper titled “Exploring New Opportunities in the Technological World”.
The experts averred that new skills are needed to meet up with the various issues presently plaguing mankind across the globe as well as address the present developments and challenges facing the world.
They argued that these skills are needed in the present way of life and these include complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, people management, coordinating with others, emotional intelligence, service orientation, negotiation, judgment and decision making.
Besides learning new skills, the experts enjoined youths and young adults to equip themselves with what is required in meeting the challenges in an ever changing world so that they can attain consistent goals in life.
“Learn new skills. Equip yourselves with the requisite knowledge and skills and your services will be demanded no matter where you are located on the surface of the earth. Innovation is not restricted to information communication technology (ICT) alone. There are innovations in agriculture, education, sales, language, marketing, banking, finance, construction, real estate and many other areas of human endeavours. Our world is changing fast and we cannot afford to fold our hands and do nothing to improve ourselves so that we can be in a vantage position to maximize the numerous opportunities around us”, they added.
According to them, the pillars of the digital economy include mobile internet, cloud technology, artificial intelligence, metal bars. Advance robotic, genetic engineering, block chain and virtual and automated reality.
Others are the internet of things, biometric technology, 5G technology, change in consumer behaviour, and cyber security.
In the question and answer session of the summit, the youths were given opportunities to ask questions and get more insight into how to address issues that are peculiar to them.
The experts maintained that diligence is vital in our advancement in life and need to be given adequate attention in what we do.
“The secret of your success and the future you desire is in your daily routine. You must do the first thing first in line with your set goals and objectives. You cannot do it the other way round and expect tangible results. You also need to be discipline and keep the right company as many lives and dreams have been cut short by lack of discipline and keeping bad company,
“If you have good reputation, keep it and if you do not have it, build it and maintain it. Do not allow anything to taint it because you need it in your advancement in life. Read books. This is because some of the secrets of success are embed in books and you can only get them when you read books”, they added.The Youth Pastor of the Parish, Pastor Seyi Ijaduola expressed gratitude to the church for organizing the summit just as he enjoined the participants to exhibit all they have learnt in every area of their lives.