The maiden edition of the Model National Youth Conference opened with an exciting ceremony at The Development Support Centre, Ibadan, on November 1st, 2019.
Dumebi Ehigiator, PRO of the Local Organizing Committee, opened the event by welcoming everyone to the Model National Conference. The opening prayer was taken by Dr Kemi Fadipe.
Mrs Funso Adegbola, Director of The Vale College, joyfully gave the welcome address. She highlighted the event that inspired her to gather young minds, who will provide adequate opportunities for skill-building and ensure a brighter future for everyone.
Here is what she had to say: “This conference is titled, ‘Resolving the National Development Question’. For us at TVC, it is about Nigerian children learning about our country, Nigeria, the 36 states (each delegate represents a different state from their own state origin) and the Federal Capital Territory. They find out what the problems in the states are in areas such as Education, Health, Security, Good Governance etc and offer solutions, thereby changing the narrative that our children don’t know what is going on and are too young to lead.”
She warmly welcomed the Guest of Honour, Rt. Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin (The Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, and an alumnus of The Vale College) and the panelists of The Round Table: Yewande Akinola, Barr. Kayode Adegbola, Mr. Faith Abiodun and Mrs Zahra Zakariya Abdulkareem
Mrs Funso Adegbola had the privilege to assign two Rising Star Awards. The first went to Rt. Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin, for his exceptional work in developing his constituency and being an inspiration to many; and the second to Mrs Zahra Zakariya Abdulkareem for her outstanding work as a business strategist, content creator and social entrepreneur.
After commending the conference’s LOC headed by Mr Akanbi, Mr Oladimeji and Mr Olatunji, the Director introduced The Speaker for his keynote address. His speech emphasised that knowledge grows through curiosity, imagination and learning. Past and recent progresses made in the world have happened because of knowledge but this knowledge is not being used to make the life of Nigerians better.
He commended the Director for hosting the conference, and encouraged the delegates to enjoy the sessions. He further mentioned that education is the only way Nigeria can get to their desired level.
He reminded the delegates that he is the youngest Speaker ever elected into the Oyo State House of Assembly, and that he was happy to be working with a Governor who is willing to spend more than 10% of the state’s budget on education. He wished all participants a memorable event.
The opening ceremony was highlighted by the exceptional performance of The Round Table, anchored by the co-convener, Miss Yetunde Ojebola.
Finally, the afternoon was pleasantly completed with photographs, drinks and food to share with colleagues and friends under the nice Ibadan atmosphere, after which the delegates went in for their committee sessions.
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