Youths have been cautioned against social vices but to rather channel their energy into worthwhile ventures.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde said this at the launch of a book, titled: “It’s your time, make it count,” written by Adeniran Bamisaye.
Ayorinde lamented that many youths waste time in ventures that are not profitable, saying that as the future belonged to the youths, they must make it count through pragmatic approach.
The commissioner also charged youths to identify with their talents and used them for the benefits of the nation.
“You must take advantage of the opportunity you have now and utilize it, don’t waste your talents, use them, we have so many challenges confronting the youths, you need to take your rightful position; you have great roles to play, shun internet fraud and don’t be carried away by crime in the society,” he admonished.
The author, Ayorinde said what he had done was to contribute to the world of literature as well as enhance the knowledge of the readers.
Also speaking, Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf commended the author for a job well done.
Mrs Akingbile-Yusuf appealed to the youths to utilize their time and opportunities well so that they could have a better future.
She also charged parents to assist the youths in maximizing their potentials and opportunities in life.
The book reviewer, Mr Olusola Owonikoko, who dissected the piece, maintained that the book had come at a critical time in the history of Nigeria as he called on policy makers to continuously pay attention to the youth.
Owonikoko, one-time scholar of President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), tasked African youths to be strategic and to always take advantage of every opportunity that would advance their intellectual capacity.
“Any serious nation must pay attention to the youth, making your time count means making your life count,” Mr Owonikoko added.
According to the book reviewer, the book qualifies for an academic piece because it contains 18,000 words, more than 10,000 minimum words required before a postgraduate thesis can be considered as an academic piece.
The author, Bamisaye- an aide to the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode on Digital Media, said his experience as a Nigerian youth in the University, motivated his writing of the book, which he said would inspire readers in every facet.