The General Superintendent, Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor William Folorunsho Kumuyi, has called on the government to collaborate with the church in tackling unemployment and under-employment in the country.
Kumuyi made the call yesterday at the Mini-Multi-Purpose Hall of Deeper Life Headquarters, Gbagada, Lagos where about 350 youths who are members of the Young Professionals Forum (YPF), graduated from the ministry’s skill acquisition programme.
The YPF is a non-profit and inter-denominational initiative of Kumuyi.
The general superintendent noted that Nigeria, whose population has grown to over 182 million, has over half of its citizens under 30 years of age.
According to him, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) puts unemployment rate in the quarter of 2017 at about 18.8 percent, which is regarded as the most conservative estimates as the figures could indeed be higher.
Kumuyi said the creation of YPF was borne out of his passion to help the youths discover the essence of purposeful living through diligence and hardwork, honesty and integrity which would prepare them for excellence in their chosen fields of endeavour.
“The Deeperlife Christian Ministry is wholly committed to the edification and elevation of the human essence and faculties into maximal productive use.
“The massive unemployment underemployment, loss of jobs, frustrations, delinquency and counter-culture, pornography, excessive exposure to drugs, social media, idleness, the tyranny of kidnapping and armed banditry in which you are involved present a grim scenario to every discerning and concerned mind.
“All these motivated our desire to assist the teeming, unfocused youths into self discoveries through God’s direction and leading us into also supporting them in channeling their talents and mental resources into productive use,” Kumuyi said.
According to him, the curriculum of the skills acquisition proramme spanned through urban and hydroponic farming, digital marketing, web design, mobile applications, photography and video editing. Others are event planning and interior design, pastry and mixology.
The cleric said that aside from empowering the youth for better future, skill acquisition-wise, the ministry was determined to inculcate in them the fear of God so as to properly come to terms with the divine essence for their lives and to discover the pathway in life for which they have been endowed by God.