By Oviri Kelvin, Sports Director, Abuja
The Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has expressed the Ministry’s readiness to partner with notable organizations to actualize one of the goals of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration which is providing the platforms to lessen the rate of unemployment in Nigeria’s youth.
Dare listed that several initiatives have been put together by this administration in the areas of Digital Skills, Entrepreneurship, Employ-ability and Leadership (DEEL), Work Experience Programme (WEP) among others.
The Minister, who made this statement when he received on a courtesy visit, members of Action Aid Nigeria led by the country’s director, Ene Obi, in his office on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, in Abuja, underlined that the administration is committed to fashioning pathways to uplifting the lives of the Nigeria youth.
He added that such initiatives being undertaken by the Federal Government will drastically, not limited to youth unemployment, help to reduce the crime rate and youth restiveness in the country. The Trumpet Gathered
In the report released and signed by the Ministry’s Director of Press and Public Relations, Mohammed Manga, Dare asserted that “such initiatives like the Digital Skills, Entrepreneurship, Employability and Leadership (DEEL), Work Experience Programme (WEP), among others are packaged by the government with the aim to reducing poverty amongst the youth who are vulnerable to committing crimes and criminalities as a result of unemployment.”
The honourable minister noted that outside providing policy direction in youth and sports development affairs in Nigeria, the Ministry will continue to work in collaboration with other government agencies, international development partners, civil society organisations, youth organisations and the private sector aimed at ensuring full implementation of policies and programmes of the federal government thatwill improve the lives of the Nigerian youth and make them contribute meaningfully to the economic growth and development of the country.
Mr Dare, therefore, called on ActionAid Nigeria, philanthropists and all relevant stakeholders to continue to join hands with the government in its bid to stem out poverty among the teeming youth to achieve lasting peace and security in our nation.
Earlier in his opening remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Alh Ismaila Abubakar assured Action Aid Nigeria that the Ministry will continue to provide an enabling environment that will give room for positive collaboration with relevant government agencies and other stakeholders for youth and sports development in line with its mandate.
Also speaking, the Country Director, Action Aid Nigeria, Ene Obi, stated that their visit aimed to seek amongst others, areas of collaboration with the Ministry particularly in the youth sector, for the promotion of peace, security and poverty reduction to bring about economic growth and development in the country.
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