Lagos State Applauds Airtel for Supporting Youth Development MWorld FEATURES, NEWS Leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has been commended by the Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development for its support to the just concluded Ibile Youth Academy, a week-long capacity building workshop organized to empower youths across the state. Lagos State Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf while commending the telco said: “Airtel Nigeria has been instrumental towards inculcating values of citizenship, leadership, self-development and volunteerism among youths in the state and by extension the nation.” Mrs. Akinbile-Yussuf further explained that “the fundamental idea behind the leadership training in the youth sector established in the state under the leadership of His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is based on a firm belief that returns from investing in the youth can never be quantified. This is because young people are the resources that must be trained and harnessed for the overall development of Lagos State and the Country Nigeria at large.” Ibile Youth Academy was an intensive training exercise which offered over 5oo youths in the state a rare privilege to hone their leadership skills, network, brainstorm, initiate and implement specific programmes to accelerate their personal development as well as personal effectiveness. At the grand finale, Lana Promise Elijah emerged winner among the top five finalists, to become the new Lagos State Ambassador for youths. Airtel Nigeria presented him with a brand new laptop while the other top four finalists were each rewarded with an Apple iPad also by the telco. The week-long activities featured exciting games, life coaching session and skills acquisition trainings. Specifically, the leadership training programme was designed to equip participants with the core ingredients required for a promising bright future. Airtel Nigeria has consistently demonstrated its commitment to helping and empowering young Nigerians to achieve their dreams. Other youth empowerment initiatives which the telco has driven in recent time included Airtel One Mic, The Voice Nigeria, Airtel Rising Stars, Airtel Trace Music Star, Airtel Rising Stars and Aso Villa Demo Day, among many others.