As I got home from work today, exhausted and fagged out, l headed straight to the bathroom to have a warm shower. As the water from the shower ran through my tired body, with it’s shimmering sound so reassuring, I became energized once more and there and then, began to appreciate the working of The Almighty in my life vis a vis the stories that poured out from young boys l had interviewed for job opportunities in my office today. It was really a tiring day for me.
I had started my day from my newest branch office somewhere at the Rumokoro axis in Port Harcourt. Put in a little time there and headed for my main branch. I had about twenty two youths waiting to be interviewed and probably offered an opportunity to work. But unfortunately though am only going to be employing two out of the whole lot. It was actually going to to be on the job training. A skill acquisition and empowerment opportunities for these young ones in the society. These I do on a yearly bases.
On the process of the interview, I realized that most of them do not really know what a job interview meant for Lack of seriousness and adequate preparation on their part. I had initially predicated a two hours interview at most but I found myself doing four hours at a stretch. Rather than interviewing, I began to tutor and advise. Some if not most of them were not properly dressed. One particular one told me he was in a hurry and forgot to comb his hair. Imagine that.
I have this patience when am dealing with youths. I enjoy talking to them and sort of guiding them on the right path. If it were to be another person most of them will be sent home for being unserious. But I see every opportunity that present itself to me as a means of giving to life. Service to humanity per say. I bet you this young ones even though eventually, they are not offered opportunity to work, will be happy for one lesson learned today.
As I pointed out to them at different occasions that each day of our lives presents us with a lesson. Only those with open and broad minds are able to recognise and learn these lessons which propells us to higher achievements both materially and spiritually. I pointed it out to them to always make it a point of duty to prepare themselves as they begin each day, to learn one lesson and to end the day by asking themselves what lesson was I able to learn today? This will enable them develop a postive and dynamic attitude towards life. As I was talking with one particular youth who seem more matured in mind, we agreed that our todays youth lack the patience and persiverance that life demands for one to be genuinely successful, why so, because they lack oreintation. This is why they want the easy and quick way of making it in life. Some of them dupe others, steal, become kidnappers or armed robbers just to have a luxury life. This type of life is ephemeral and will only lead to thier destruction. So Oreintation is what our youths needs to bring them back to track.
It behoves on each and everyone of us to help in this orientation and re- orientation campaign to help the future of this country, our youths to become better persons. Don’t wait to be paid for this. We are all stake holders in this. If our youths are not properly guided, we will all end up with a bleek future.
THIS IS A SHOUT-OUT TO ALL THE YOUTHS. YOU ARE WONDERFULLY AND BEAUTIFULLY MADE FOR POSITIVE EXPLOITS. GOD WILL SURELY BLESS YOUR HUSSLES. BUT FIRST, DO THE RIGHT THINGS FIRST AND EVERY OTHER THING WILL FALL IN PLACE.