FG Determined To Empower Youths – Dare

Sunday Dare

The Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr. Sunday Akin Dare has revealed that building a youthful population that is empowered and successful, is one of the cardinal objective of this administration.

He stated this when members of the United Northern Youth Students, paid him a courtesy visit, in Abuja recently.

The Minister said, about 67 million of Nigerian population are Youth and their problems are varied. “We have seen what their counterparts are doing across the world because of what their country is investing in them, Federal Government through the Ministry intends to put together lots of programmes for the Youth such as self-empowerment and also introducing them to Small and Medium Scale Enterprises in order to enable them to be more competitive and be gainfully employed,’’ he added.

Mr. Sunday Dare explained that the Ministry had waded into the crisis over leadership tussle in the National Youth Council of Nigeria {NYCN}, adding that a seven man committee had been set up to resolve all factions and their Presidents, promising that, whatever report generated from that will be subjected to another process of a higher level before reaching a final decision.

 According to the Minister, ‘’Youths in this country are hurting themselves because they do not have a single united front  fighting for them, it is illegal to have four people parading themselves as President of the National  Youth Council of Nigeria”. In a fresh start, the Minister said it is important for the NYCN to bury whatever interest they have had and look into the constitution  holistically. This will give room and equal level field to conduct a fresh and transparent convention, to elect an authentic leader, that the United Nations and the World Health Organisation will embrace.

Mr. Sunday Dare drew the attention of the delegation to the National Youth Policy, which states out clearly, what Government should do to empower the Youth and prepare them for Leadership in the society.

 Earlier, the President of the United Northern Youth Students, Jubir Aminu Meturare, thanked the Honourable Minister for receiving the delegation at a short notice, assuring the Minister that they will work with the Ministry

Patricia Okaja Nnandi
Principal Information Officer
For: Director, Press