The Nigerian Minister of Youth Development and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare, has reaffirmed the Federal Government’s commitment to youth development in the country.
The Minister made the revelation on Wednesday in Abuja when the Secretary General of the Pan African Youth Union (PAYU), Ahmed Wiisichong, led some members of his association and the presidents of national West African youth councils on a visit from courtesy in his office.
According to him, Nigeria has an inflated number of young people which is massive, nearly 90 million and as such, the government will continue to invest in them with a view to empowering them to contribute significantly to the socio-economic development of the country. country.
Dare noted that the African Development Bank (AfDB) estimates that at least 12-13 million Nigerians or young Africans enter the labor market every year, further saying that some of them become entrepreneurs, some survive by dint of hard work, some get recruited to be terrorists, while others are recruited for cybercrimes, among others
The Minister who added that the current administration considers investment in its youth as essential, underlined the need for constant engagements of the governments of the sub-regions with the youth in order to give them a voice in the governance, as continental development partners.
He called on young people to take advantage of the opportunities offered by modern technology to develop in entrepreneurship, autonomy and employability, in order to take the continent to the expected height.
The minister who said the huge youth population is not a problem but a great resource for every government, assured that the administration headed by President Muhammadu Buhari will continue to create an enabling environment for its young people to explore their potential and compete favorably with their peers. worldwide
He further called on relevant stakeholders and philanthropists to continue investing in the youth for the good of the continent.
Speaking earlier, Pan African Youth Union Secretary General Ahmed Wiisichong said they were in the country for a youth safety summit which was attended by 250 delegates from different countries.
He assured that the youth of the West African sub-region will leverage modern technology to enhance their skills and competencies to ensure inclusion in economic development and governance in their respective countries.
Mr. Wisiichong thanked the Nigerian government for its support which ensured the successful hosting of the Summit in the country.