Youths of Edo State have commended the state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, and GIZ for investing in the training of young people in the state with green skills that will save the environment.

The commendation was made by a cross section of youths from across the state participating in a three-day camping in Benin City, the state capital, organized by the Ministry of Youth and Humanitarian Affairs and supported by GIZ and Romanpage Global to commemorate International Youth Day 2023 with the theme “Green Skills for Youth: Towards a Sustainable World”.

The youths who were taught about the problem of greenhouse gases and global warming by the Director of Training in Business, Kushi Expert, Victor Obaro, were advised to make cautious efforts to save the earth by imbibing attitudes to save the environment.

Obaro said most disasters are man made and consequences of neglecting the climate, adding that the training was to teach best technology that can prevent adverse causes on the environment and facilitate green skills.

The over 200 youths who camped at the Wellspring University from the 10th -12th August 2023 were trained on the first day on creative skills, green skills, Internet of Things (IOT) in green skills, the rise of Artificial Intelligence in creative industry, and a presentation on the “Power of Expressive Arts Therapy: Harnessing Creativity for Mental Health Healing”.

Ms Cynthia Balogun, a University of Benin law student, said she learnt several things she can now do with the internet after the presentation and expressed her appreciation to the organizers for the training.

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“We were taught that we can apply the internet to every area of our lives. The Internet of Things can be used in agriculture and traffic control to avoid congestion on our roads,” she noted.

Others interviewed thanked Governor Obaseki and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Humanitarian Affairs, Eire Ifueko Alufuhai (Esq.), as well as the ministry for the enabling environment provided for them to learn and network amongst other youths in the state.

The youths were taught on attitudes to imbibe to save the environment, best technology skills to avoid adverse effects on the environment, and the rise of Artificial Intelligence in the creative industry by John Iyoha.

A training expert, Esohe Idehen, in her presentation on the “Power of Expressive Arts Therapy: Harnessing Creativity for Mental Health Healing”, urged the youths to always ask for help when they are depressed because, according to her, “seeking help is strength”.

The Director of Youth, Ministry of Youth and Humanitarian Affairs, Mr. Asiriuwa Victor, said the turnout of the youths from across the 18 LGAs to the camp was very impressive. He further said it would not have been possible without the encouragement of Governor Obaseki who has great interest in the youths of the state, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Alufuhai, and GIZ.