FG reiterates its commitment to youth development


The Honorable Minister of Youth Development and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare reiterated the Government’s unwavering commitment to passionately address issues related to young people with the aim of setting them on the path to career development, entrepreneurship, skills acquisition and direct employment through various initiatives.

The Minister gave the assurance today in Abuja when he declared open the Africa/National Youth Day 2022 celebrations with the theme “Breaking down barriers to meaningful participation and inclusion in advocacy”.

In its efforts to ensure inclusiveness at all levels, and in line with the National Youth Policy, the Minister said the Ministry has designed and implemented mentorship and life enhancement programs for young people vulnerable and young people with disabilities (YWD) in different geopolitical regions. Areas of the Country.

This, he added, is aimed at empowering them to support themselves and their families. * “Our DEEL initiative, which focuses on digital literacy and skills acquisition, entrepreneurship, employability and leadership, continued to provide our young people with opportunities for training, digital skills, entrepreneurship, soft skills, internships, and access to credit and finance, among others.The DEEL program has helped fill the knowledge and skills gap among Nigerian youth over the past three (3) years”*

He further said that the Online Youth Assembly of Nigeria (NOYA) was another initiative of the current administration, which aims to improve livelihoods and promote the well-being and full inclusion of Nigerian youth with opportunities in the public and private sectors*” Since its inception, the has engaged hundreds of thousands of young people, reinventing their future by using knowledge and creativity to escape poverty, unemployment, acts immoral and other unhealthy scourges that exist in our society”* reiterated the minister.

He explained that in the nascent days of our nation, the youth stood out and showed the rest of Nigeria and even Africa that with a little push and the right environment, they can aspire to reach their fullest. potential.

“An example of this is the aspiration and subsequent election of Amb. John Niyi, Nigerian Youth Representative as Vice President, West Africa under the Pan African Youth Union. people like Tobi Amusan, the Nigerian sprinter who recently set a new world record in the women’s 100 meters hurdles,” he added.

Mr. Dare, who congratulated the Nigerian youth on this year’s celebration, further said that the occasion presented us with ample opportunity to critically examine and address the issues that have continued to hinder their quest for a secure role in decision-making, especially on issues that directly affect them, and how to benefit from the experiences gained by older generations.

He noted that the ministry has been spearheading the celebration of this important event since 2007 with a series of activities aimed at building the capacity of our youth to contribute to the socio-political and economic development of the country.

In his remarks, the Honorable Minister of Federal Capital Territory Administration, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, represented by Hajiya Hadiza Mohammed Kabir, assured that the administration will continue to provide an enabling environment for the advancement of programs for young people to empower them.

Earlier in his opening remarks, the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Ismaila Abubakar called on the Nigerian youth not to let up on their modest contributions to nation building.

He therefore called on participants to focus on the key objective of this year’s celebration, to ensure that the Day produces the plan of action as well as sustainable strategies and milestones that would mitigate the relentless challenges of well-being. being and development of young people.

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