Youth and Sports Development Minister Sunday Dare reiterated the federal government’s commitment to development-oriented initiatives that would harness the potential of young people and improve them for rapid socio-economic growth in the country.
He revealed it during the commemoration of African Youth Day 2021 held on Monday in Abuja – with the theme “Defining the future today: Youth – Led solutions to build Africa that we want “.
Dare explained that 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 innovative solutions and strengthen their entrepreneurial capacity.
“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 the number of N-Power beneficiaries from 500,000 to one. 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, ”said Dare.
To complement the federal government’s efforts in investing in Nigerian youth, the minister said the ministry has launched deliberate policies and programs that will strengthen the capacities of young people as it recognizes young people as key agents of socio-economic growth. -economic and sustainable development.
“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 among young Nigerians. Our DEEL initiative focuses on digital literacy and skills acquisition, 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.