‘Investment in youths critical for economic development’

The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) and the AISEC Alumni Nigeria (AAN) have stated that the 37th Omolayole Management Lecture (OML) scheduled to hold on the 30th, September 2021 in Lagos is expected to equip Nigerian youths to take effective roles in leadership and management positions.

At a press briefing to herald the event, the Director General, LCCI, Chinyere Almona, stated that prioritising investment in human capacity development is critical for economic development.

According to her, the lecture would also feature guests from diverse sectors of the economy including Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of blue-chip corporations, management gurus, and financial institutions, stressing that this year’s lecture is themed, “African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA): Prospects for African Youth Leadership.”

Almona said the OML series is held yearly in honour of Dr. Michael Omolayole in recognition of his contributions and selfless service towards the development of the indigenous managerial leadership in multinational companies across Nigeria.

“He played and continues to play exemplary roles towards nation building through management and education,” she said. She explained that the yearly lecture is a brainchild of AIESEC Alumni Nigeria as part of its activities and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, aimed at addressing socio-economic issues of national and international concerns.

Also speaking, the president, AISEC, Alumni, Ms Bunmi Abejirin, said the lecture would create an opportunity for key stakeholders in the industry to shape opinions of policy makers, adding that at the end of the event, communiqués would be sent to economic managers.

“We are grooming the youths for the future. The target audience are business leaders as they would share ideas to motivate youths on how to take advantage of the AfCFTA,” she said. On her part, the registrar and Chief Executive Officer, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM), Busola Alofe, said the future is opening up for people, businesses and economies to take advantage of opportunities to add value, pointing out that investing in human capacity is vital to get things done.

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