The African Network of Professional Counselors (ANEPCO) has urged Nigerians to be hopeful in the midst of the Country’s challenging economy.
The counselors made the appeal during an event to mark the 6th ANEPCO summit themed “Finding Hope in a Declining Economy.”
Speaking at the summit, Mrs. Ronke Adeyemi, a Psychotherapist, said that having hope in life was good for one’s mental health and essential in coping with the challenges and adversities of life.
Adeyemi noted that sustaining hope was necessary to maintain ones mental health irrespective of the challenges in life’s journey.
“Hope helps us to plan and motivate. It gives us inner happiness that we don’t know where it is coming from,” Adeyemi said.
Also contributing, Mr. Lanre Oyegbola, an expert in marketing communication, said that one can appreciate an economy in terms of its size and movement.
The expert said that in spite of the challenges with the Nigerian economy, the land is full of opportunities, great population, diverse people and the biggest single black market in the world.
Speaking further, Oyegbola said, “population is power for commerce and moving rightly is the game.
“The Perspective you take with regards to what is presented to us in an economy will determine significantly how much of value one can take out of that economy,” Oyegbola said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Africa Network of Professional Counselors (ANEPCO) was registered in 2018 to promote, nurture and support professional counselling practices amongst counselors and psychotherapists (in all stages of their careers) based in Africa and/or working with African clients.
The network was established to foster an enabling environment amongst therapists to share experiences, learn on the job, connect with other counselors and promote counseling in Africa.