Tony Offiong, the Chief Executive Officer, JIIMBAY Dance Company, Lagos on Wednesday said that dancing could generate employment for the nation’s youths if well structured.
Offiong told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that government and corporate organisations could sponsor dance competitions among youths as it was being done in other countries.
He said that the younger ones that had taken to dancing would not be able to make a living from it, if not well planned.
“If we do not do something for dance to take its pride of place and for us to earn from it like our counterparts abroad; companies and individuals will use us and dump us.
The director said that most people erroneously viewed dance as an easy profession.
Offiong said dancing had its own clout and language as it was a profession on its own.
“Other climes had been feeding on dancing and employing a lot of youths.
“Dancing needs vigorous energy and the youths need where to channel those energy to keep them busy because of energy used on it.
“If all tiers of government and associations come together to help make dancing work, it will be a platform for the employment of many youths, thereby removing more of them from the streets.
“Youths will also be engaged and they will focus on competitions and how to earn big money at the end of the day,” he said.