The Director, Human Resource Management in the Federal Ministry of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation, Dr. Ochapa Ogenyi, has urged Nigerian youths to use their creative skills to create ideas, wealth and jobs for Nigerians, saying their untapped potentials can develop their skills and secure a future for them if properly harnessed.
Ochapa was speaking at the Day 2 of the 2014 Creativity Week Celebration held at the Ladi Kwali Hall, Sheraton Hotels and Towers, Abuja-FCT, on the theme, “Creativity: A Panacea for Transforming Nigeria’s Economy and Job Creation.”
According to him, the Creativity Week, an initiative of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), an arm of the United Nations, is a platform for Nigerian youths to showcase their creative talents and abilities, which will provide sources of livelihood to them and make them job creators instead of job seekers.
He emphasized that in line with the Transformation Agenda of the President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan-led administration, more emphasis will be placed on the development and improvement of creative skills because the government recognizes that innovations and creativity, not just money or machineries, constitute the main source of today’s success as well as the greatest source of personal satisfaction.
It will be recalled that the March 2008 UNCTAD Conference in Ghana gave birth to the Creativity Africa Initiative and in November 2008, the Nigerian chapter of the initiative was launched to create further awareness of the enormous potentials in the creative sector yearning for support and development.