Name: BRIGHT ONIOVOKUKOR
Organisation: INDOMITABLE YOUTHS ORGANIZATION (IYO)
Role: PROJECT DIRECTOR
Health development, HIV/AIDS prevention awareness campaign. Having a humble background in one of the most economically unstable regions in Nigeria, haven come in contact with various forms of employment ranging from the educated and non-educated alike all having thing in common which is lack of empowerment. For a person like me there is no need to read about some these in the papers or watch them on the television because they are all in the neighbourhood. I went to the university to study medicine and I knew what I passed through to get that degree. There are many people out there who still want to attend but there is no empowerment. Those that are educated are struggling to make ends meet not because they cannot work but rather the policy of the day has not given room for the resources in the brain to be tapped. Many knowledge are wasting away simply because they feel when the desired is not available, the available becomes desired hence many graduated even some with masters degree are riding motor-cycle for transport. They can work, they have talents the question is where is the opportunity to show the skills. Cost of living is so high that it will very difficult for some to stay in a training centre for too long hence they cannot feed. I have to leave school then to do some casual jobs in construction sites to make end meet while my mates are the class reading and this made to read extra to be able perform well academically. All fingers are not equal if we can motivate ourselves we must also considers who need to be motivated. I got a better insight when I became a member of the Indomitable Youths Organization (IYO), there I found out the majority of the youth that engage in one vice or the other are unemployed (school drop out, job seekers etc). In other to contribute to the growth of human social development as a member of IYO, I masterminded various programmes in the form of campaigns on the need for youths to say no to all form of vices meeting them on the streets, market places, tertiary institutions, secondary school etc. To further make the impact more we were to establish a youth empowerment centre where in we started with a computer, fashion design, catering and hair dressing session for youths to come around to learn youths were then encouraged to come around without any fee attached due to low economic level of the society. We discovered that some of these centres are available but because of the cost implication most of these youths who are will to learn cant afford it. Even when what we established was free some of these could not afford to pay transport to attend. This we tried to cushion for a while but could not sustain it for lack of support hence we lost some of those youths who now come seldom. Haven had opportunity to work in a place where there are so many youths up to 300 in a region working as casual workers simply there was no employment any where. Interaction with them also widened my knowledge about the effect of unemployment that has so much affected our society today. Taking a walk on the you need not be told what unemployment has done to so many. We realized that majority of our today youths are willing to work if the spaces are available. There is the need to have a person who is close to the area wherein this problems are and who has had a feel of it, that class I belong. I have to state here that even as a medical doctor getting job is not on the easy side. I receive so many call from doctors and nurses alike asking if I have any job opportunity for them. For a job like this which I know that for the best results, the objectives of the job to be meant there is the need for a competent hand like me to used. It’s a job that requires plenty of time any energy I am ready to give. I know the pains, I know what the youths need, I know how to deliver it if only I am given the opportunity to do so. It requires experience which I am ready to share because I have been there; I am there and have seen it. If given the opportunity to serve there are many things that this paper can not readily carry.