By Seye Joseph –
Deputy Governorship candidate for People Democratic Party in Lagos, Haleemat Busari has said that the active citizenship value of Junior Chamber International is what every Nigerian citizen should adopt towards attaining global relevance as a nation.
Busari said this at the investiture ceremony of Victoria Island’s Local Organisation of Junior Chamber International where a new president was sworn in.
Busari who also mentioned that she was a member of the organisation when she was in school said that the JCI’s Active Citizen ideal is a value that can be used for running sustainable, needs-based projects that create measurable results in communities, and that adopting the value will allow people to get involved in the development of their local environment up to the state and national levels.
“Active citizenship can be as small as a campaign to clean up your street or as big as educating young people about democratic values, skills and participation”, she said.
Also speaking during the investiture program, Chief Executive Office, Eximia Realtor Co. Limited, Hakeem Oguniran urged business owners and members of the organisation to always find new ways of doing things to give room for innovation and advancement in whatsoever endeavour they find themselves in life.
Oguniran who spoke on the topic “Leadership and Business” emphasised that business owners all around the world are facing challenging time in their businesses, a sign that shows that nations are being crippled with economic recession. He added that business owners must triple their efforts and be consistent if they want to live above their daily business challenges.
“You need to have guts to survive in an environment like this because it is tough to do business in Nigeria, but in it all, you must keep your head up”, he said.
In her inaugural speech, the Chapter President of the Organisation, Olamipo Adeola promised that she will never back down in the fight to make the country and world at large a better place.
“I declare to you today, that we, as an organization will awaken the consciousness of the youth’s responsibilities to Nigeria and the part we must play to accelerate our growth towards greatness”
She pointed that JCI as an organisation has trained the members to go beyond just speaking but proffering and making the changes we want to see in society.
“Famous authors have proclaimed that the change you want to see starts from you and at JCI we operate on this unambiguous phrase”, she quoted.