FG increases its investments in youth development
The federal government has assured that it will continue to harness the potential of young people in the country to enhance sustainable economic growth and development.
The Honorable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Akin Dare revealed it today in Lagos during the closing ceremony of the six-week Economic Sustainability Plan (PES) training organized by the Ministry across the 36 Federation States, including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
He said deliberate and strategic investment in young people is needed for the high percentage of the young population in the country to become a demographic dividend.
“When young people are positively engaged, there will be a reduction in the rates of crime and delinquency, which are factors hostile to national development efforts,” said Dare.
He said the ministry’s approach has been to include youth employment as a priority segment of the National Youth Policy (NYP) for which an implementation framework has been provided in the Nigerian plan for the youth employment (NYEP), adding that the agenda to be launched in the coming weeks will offer a comprehensive approach to youth employment interventions through multisectoral collaborations, which focus on the four Es: employability , entrepreneurship development, job creation and equal opportunities.
“This framework will ensure the inclusion of partners in all sectors and create a solid partnership base across my ministry that will ensure a wider reach of youth employment programs across the country. With the new challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, innovative solutions and a strong partnership are needed to support the participation of young people in the reconstruction process through deliberate and strategic investments that will lead to sustainable economic growth and transformation ” , added the minister.
According to him, the program is the expression of the priority objective of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari which is, among other things, to ensure “the creation of jobs for young people and to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty. in the next ten years ”.
He therefore called on all young Nigerians to take up the challenge of personal development which will support their inclusion in nation building, further stating that young people have the potential, talents and energy for skills development and development. other opportunities that will give them leverage in the economy.
Mr. Dare further assured that the current administration is committed to the task of youth development and will continue to provide an enabling environment and innovative solutions to youth challenges in the country.
Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Youth Development and Sports, Mr. Nebeolisa Anako, while handing out starter kits and other empowerment tools to participants at the closing ceremony in Abuja, said the ministry will continue to ensure the full implementation of the programs. and federal government plans in line with the political direction of the current administration.
He explained that the ministry will continue to monitor their progress periodically to provide guidance and ensure compliance with program goals.
Mr. Anako who applauded the federal government for its various interventions on youth empowerment, in particular the DEEL initiative which was conceived and launched by the Honorable Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare, has said the program was designed to ensure a coordinated mechanism that will employ strategies to improve the competitive age of Nigerian youth with an emphasis on digital skills, employability, entrepreneurship, leadership and mentoring.
Earlier in his welcome speech, the director of the ministry’s business development and promotion department, Mr. Gbenga Momoh, assured that participants will put into practice the skills acquired during the training for the purpose of self-help. -development to improve economic growth.
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