The General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church, Pastor William Folorunsho Kumuyi has said that Capacity Building is Panacea to unemployment in Nigeria.
This is even as he has urged young professionals to steer clear of unpatriotic and dishonourable practices that can hinder their career and the progress of the country.
The revered cleric who stated this during the maiden edition of the Young Professional Forum (YPF) of the Church’s Mega Summit, tagged: “Gaining the Edge” held at the international headquarters of the Church in Lagos stated that young people are very important in God’s programme and plan and as such must live a transformed life so that they can make progress in their chosen career.
Accordingly he said, “If you are a reader of the scriptures, you will agree with me that in I John 2:12-14, the scripture acknowledge young people to be strong and with the presence of the Grace of God which comes through repentance and transformation of life they are able to overcome the wicked one, that is; the devil”.
Kumuyi, who was represented at the event by the Lagos State Moderator of the Church, Pastor Kenneth Nwosu, stated that due to the current global economic turndown that has produced hardship in many countries in the world including Nigeria, there is a problem of unemployment; moreover there are only few white collar jobs now available for the huge population of qualified young people to vie for.
The need to become self-employed and create businesses and enterprises that eventually will generate jobs that will reduce the problem of unemployment becomes very necessary, hence the Church felt the need to, as part of her social responsibility, organise the Skill Acquisition Programme (SAP) through its in-house Young Professionals Forum (YPF) as a vital capacity building event to assist young people gain the required skills needed to enhance their employability and equally empower them in the quest for self-employment and also become employers themselves.
He further noted that as part of efforts to assist in reducing the congestion in government owned Universities, the Church established Anchor University as a way of contributing its own quota to the development of the young people with character and leadership skills for the advancement of the nation.
Meanwhile, during the Mega Summit which attracted about 3,000 participants from various parts of the country; the keynote speaker, Dr. Famuyiwa Abiodun who is the Head of Retail Business and Community Banking at First Bank Nigeria, talked about “Winning in a Competitive World”. He charged the participants to remain focused in order to remain at the top in life. He concluded by saying; “in order to win in life, attitude is everything.
On his part, the President of the YPF, Mr. Daniel Bamigbayan in his welcome address expressed optimism that there is hope for Nigeria and for Africa at large.
Other speakers who graced the occasion were; Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Executive Motors, Dr. Ayo Ogunsan; Group Chief Information Officer, WAPIC Insurance, Tobe Nnadozie and Group HR Director Chanrai Summit Group Africa, Mr. Victor Adebayo all spoke on various issues pertaining to capacity building and national development. The highpoint of the event was the graduation ceremony of about 800 participants of the third edition of the Skill Acquisition Programme (SAP) of the Church.
YPF is a non-profit and inter-denominational initiative of Dr. William Folorunsho Kumuyi, the General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry. It was conceived out of his passion to help the youths of this generation discover the essence of purposeful living through diligence and hard work, honesty and integrity which will prepare them for excellence in their chosen fields of endeavour. It has a large network of over 2,500 members in Lagos and other neighbouring states in Nigeria.