The federal government reiterated its commitment to youth development initiatives that would harness the potential of young people and elevate them to rapid socio-economic growth in the country.
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, revealed it on Tuesday during the commemoration of African Youth Day 2021, held in Abuja with the theme “Defining the future today ‘hui: youth – Directed solutions to build the Africa we want ”.
Mr Dare said the Federal Government, in realizing the demographic dividends of Nigerian youth as a strategic asset, is committed to continue to support its efforts with initiatives focused on youth development that will create solutions innovative and will strengthen their entrepreneurial capacity.
He said, “This administration is committed to youth development and has put in place initiatives focused on youth development, while scaling up existing ones, such as the recently approved increase in N-Power beneficiaries of 500,000. to a million; the 75 billion naira National Youth Investment Fund (NYIF); the Creative Sector Fund of the Central Bank of Nigeria; and others in collaboration with international partners. “
To complement the federal government’s efforts to invest in Nigerian youth, the minister said the ministry has launched deliberate policies and programs that will build the capacities of young people, as it recognizes young people as key agents of youth. socio-economic growth and sustainable development. .
Mr Dare also said: “The ministry is focused on providing opportunities for our young people in training, digital skills, entrepreneurship, soft skills, internships and access to credit and finance. , among others The DEEL program helps fill the knowledge and skills gap in Nigerian youth Our DEEL initiative focuses on digital literacy and skills development, entrepreneurship, employability and leadership. We are focusing more on company training and, over the past 2 years, we have trained nearly 198,000 young people.
“More than 6,000 young people across the country have benefited from it and another group of 10,000 are currently undergoing training before benefiting from it.
In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Ismail Abubakar, said the government will create an enabling environment that will ensure that the capacity of young people to innovate, undertake and lead is enhanced to achieve socio-economic growth and development.
To commemorate African Youth Day, several messages of goodwill came from the Federal Ministry of Women’s Affairs, NYSC, UNFPA, ECOWAS, and the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), among others.