Bukoye Roseline Olufunke, a professor of counselling psychology at Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University (IBBU), Lapai, Niger State, has advised the Nigerian government to prioritise youth development for a better future.
The don disclosed this, yesterday, during the university’s 17th Inaugural lecture themed: ‘A Counsellor’s Perspective on the Paradox of Rising Youth and Healthy Generation.’
In her remarks, Olufunke advocates for youth refining, development, empowerment programs and acquisition of entrepreneurship skills for personal and economic sustainability. She further described youth as an “active sector on which every nation depends.”
“Before a country or a nation is perceived as well, it means such a country is mentally, politically physically, socially, technologically okay and its citizens feel very comfortable,” the don emphasised.
Olunfunke’s career from the root is centred on educational lines and she had served in many capacities including a college counsellor, University counsellor, and University lecturer. The don had reviewed several academic journals locally and internationally.
Professor Olufunke has also contributed immensely to the growth of the educational sector. Among the steps, she has accomplished was the establishment of a counselling clinic at Ekiti State University, while serving as Coordinator/Director Guidance and Counselling Department, College of Education, Ilorin Branch. She also authored several textbooks in counselling and other related disciplines.
Among those who graced the university’s 17th annual inaugural lecture include Emmanuel Musa Umar, Niger State Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Professor Abu Kasim Adamu, the institution’s vice-chancellor and the deputy vice-chancellor academics, Professor Aliyu Paiko among others.