Building Nations Initiative (BNI), on Saturday, commissioned her pioneer Community Youth Centre at the University of Ibadan in commemoration of her 8th years of existence.
BNI is a youth-led, youth work and community development organisation that is committed to strengthening communities through the education, empowerment and engagement of young people as change agents in their respective communities.
The Dean Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ibadan Prof Oluwatoyin Odeku, while giving her opening address, commended BNI youth work and community development activities especially the establishment of a Youth Centre.
She encouraged the leadership of BNI to document their activities and success stories from the values education and skills development programs to be offered at the Centre. She further advised students to make use of the ASUU strike towards acquiring skills at the Centre.
Also, Mr. Bayo Adeyinka, South West Regional Manager for Fidelity Bank who was gave the keynote address titled; ‘You don’t need too much salt to cook a bag of rice’, explained that not all Nigerians will rise up to the responsibility of building a better Nigeria, however the few that God has placed the passion on their heart will definitely bring the purpose into fruition.
The President of BNI, John Oluwadero, explained that the community youth centre named Nation Builders Centre is envisioned to be a values learning and skills development platform for young people with the ultimate goal of raising responsible young leaders that will be the builder of a better society.
The Commissioning event also featured the launch of two Commencement programs at the centre which are the Nation Builders Teens Club and Certificate Program in Language for Humanitarian Diplomacy (LAHD).
The Commissioning of the Youth Centre also received commendation from other Youth organisations such as Commonwealth Youth Council, The Nigerian Youth Parliament, West Africa Youth Exchange Council and YoungBreeds Foundation.
Other dignitaries at the event are the Sub Dean Students’ Affairs at UNIOSUN Dr. Ebenezer Ajayi; One President of the University of Ibadan Students’ Union Mr. Tokunbo Salako; BNI National Campus Coordinator, Mr. Tomiwa Adeyemo; President BNI UI Chapter Ms. Gbemisola Adebowale, President BNI FUTA Chapter, Mr. Seun Oladipupo and 53 young people that attended the event.