Chief Ifeanyi Ubah, the Managing Director, Capital Oil and Gas Ltd, has advised Nigerian youths to engage in ventures that would prepare them for the challenges ahead.
Ubah gave the advice on Monday while speaking at the August edition of DigiPreneur Mentoring Moment for Anambra youths.
The occasion was organised by Mr Ifeanyi Aniagor, Senior Special Assistant to Gov. Willie Obiano on Youth Empowerment and Digital Entrepreneurship.
He said that the trend where youths spent productive period of the day on the social media, either discussing people or spreading falsehood was counterproductive.
The business mogul who was the mentor of the month, said there were a lot of opportunities open to youths to explore and make money online.
He regretted that youths spent valuable time in pursuit of formal education without the entrepreneurship component.
“They lack the entrepreneurship component of education, hence, their inability to be innovative,” Ubah said.
Ubah also urged them to cultivate the culture of time management if they hope to be successful in their chosen field of endeavour.
The business mogul also called on them to make the best use of the opportunities provided by the various empowerment schemes in the country.
“Education is necessary but not sufficient to be successful.“
He noted that most people went to school, these days, for the fun of it and for self expression, adding that the application component was lacking.
“In China, there are programmes that make youths to be compulsorily productive.
“But here, phone is causing problem for our youths, they spend their time chatting time away because that is what the society permits now.
“I think the narrative should change the orientation of time management.
“There should be time for eating, time to work, time to rest and time to play with your phones.”
Also speaking, Aniago said the programme was meant to raise the consciousness of Nigerian youths and help them to aspire to higher heights.
He said that the Not Too Young to Run law was not only meant to enable the nation youths take over the political space but all other aspects of national life.
Aniago described politics as one of the many areas youths could actively participate in and prepare to also take over the business, agriculture and Information Communication Technology sectors, among others.
He said that this was the only way they could adequately equip themselves to take over the political space.
The business mogul promised that his office would continue to inspire youths with stories of successful people in different areas of human endeavour as part of its strategies in mentoring this segment of the population.