From: Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo
The Catholic youth of St. Justina’s Pastoral Area, in Jalingo, Taraba State, over the weekend, trained a hundred youths and women in various skills to position them for self sustainability.
This was part of a week long activities mapped out as youth week celebration.
In a sermon to culminate the celebration, the Priest in Charge of the Pastoral area, Rev. Fr. James Vontih, urged the youth to imbibe good virtues and make noble choices that would benefit their generation and those to come after them.
Vontih said that Nigerian leaders needed celestial wisdom to take the country out of the current economic and political crisis.
Taking his sermon from the Book of Kings, and relaying the story of King Solomon, Vonti said that like the old king, Nigerian leaders must seek wisdom from above and rely on God in their decision making rather than their wisdom so as to save the country from impeding doom.
Vontih noted that Solomon’s success as a leader was his uncommon wisdom which taught him to hold fast social justice, and asked the youth to shun the craze for money which has seeing too many young people to their untimely graves.
He regretted that, “our leaders are now more committed to serving their personal interest and that of their nuclear sections rather than the national interest which should be the overriding concern”.
He enjoined the youth to be careful in making their choices in life knowing that these would have reverberating consequences not only on them but the nation at large.
He encouraged the beneficiaries to take the skills they have acquired seriously and use them to empower themselves as government jobs are becoming increasingly unavailable.
Earlier, the youth President Comfort Alu said that the youth week was an annual activity which aimed at bringing the youths together to learn self sustaining skills and foster unity amongst them, irrespective of tribal and other sectional differences.
She said that the free training was the Youth’s way of giving back to the society.
Over a hundred youths and women around the Pastoral area learnt various skills including soap, detergent and beads making, among others.