Minister of Youth and Sport, Mr. Sunday Dare has disclosed how the Federal Government took quick witted steps to address the demands and yearnings of Nigerian Youth.
Speaking at a webinar organised by the International Award for Young People in Nigeria (IAYPN) under the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation in the United Kingdom (UK) on Tuesday in Lagos added that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration had been working hard to bequeath a better legacy worthy of emulation to the Nigerians’ Youth.
He listed a number of programmes the Federal Government had started to empower the youth and lay a more solid foundation for their future.
IYAPN Board of Trustees (BoT) Chairman and International Trustee of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation (UK), Mr. Olawale Edun said the event was an opportunity for youths to be informed and educated.
Mr. Edun who his also a former Lagos State Finance Commissioner said it was also meant to enable the youth contribute ideas towards setting the agenda of helping them make progress, develop and fulfill their potentials.
He, however, advised the youth to always listen carefully and contribute meaningfully to issues.
IAYPN National Director Oshoke Bello said recent events and happenings had shown the ingenuity and potentials of Nigerian youths in organising and contributing to creativity.
“The government has not been silent, both at the state and Federal levels, concerning programmes and initiatives originally designed for the purpose of working out a better life for youths,” he said.
Lead Strategist of BigShot Consulting Limited, Mr. Niyi Soyinka, noted that the private sector could address and support the youth by awarding grants, mentoring, collaborating and supporting internship schemes for them.
The Founder of International Centre for Leadership and Entrepreneur, Professor Olajumoke Familoni, stressed that entrepreneurship scheme needs to be inculcated in the youth to enable them understand how to scale up businesses.