‘I Shall Continue To Offer My Shoulders For You To Climb,’ Atiku Tells Nigerian Youths

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A file photo of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

 

 

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has assured Nigerian youths of his commitment to supporting them at all times. 

Atiku gave the assurance on Wednesday in a message to mark the 21st anniversary of the International Youth Day (IYD).

“I shall stay the course and continue to offer my shoulders for you all to climb because as youths, you are Leaders of Today,” he said.

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The former presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) hailed Nigerian youths for their doggedness and drive towards a better nation, saying this year’s theme, “Youth Engagement for Global Action,” captures how important young people are in the scheme of things.

“I salute the Nigerian youth in particular for their commitment and perseverance towards the attainment of a greater Nigeria,” Atiku added.

“This global picture, which has been on my mind, informed my decision of 40% youth inclusion in my 2019 presidential campaign; a promise I am committed to keeping for the futuristic benefit of our great Nation.”

 

A file photo of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

He explained that with the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world, youths have a huge responsibility in fighting the disease as the future of humanity rests on their shoulders.

“Indeed, the survival of humanity rests largely on the shoulders of the youths, as vigour is required to wear out this plague,” the former vice president explained.

“The vigour and spirit that you embody as youth will play a crucial role in the socio-economic survival of the world, and its rejuvenation, post-COVID19.”

 

As future leaders, Atiku called on young people to preach and embrace peace, show patriotism, shun nepotism and promote competence.

“Only then can we truly have the Nigeria of our dream,” he said.

According to the United Nations (UN), the 2020 International Youth Day theme is to buttress the “ways in which the engagement of young people at the local, national and global levels is enriching national and multilateral institutions and processes, as well as draw lessons on how their representation and engagement in formal institutional politics can be significantly enhanced.”

International Youth Day: Gbajabiamila Seeks Transformation Of Educational System

 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila has urged governments at all levels to fashion out ways of transforming the Nigerian educational system to strengthen the capacity of the youth.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, in which he was commemorating the International Youth Day, the Speaker noted that the government has the primary responsibility of ensuring that every Nigerian is given access to basic and qualitative education.

According to him, the essence of education is to proffer solutions to challenges confronting humanity.

The Speaker further stated that democracy and good governance would thrive in an atmosphere where a sizeable proportion of the populace is educated and well enlightened about their civic responsibilities.

While assuring that the 9th House of Representatives under his leadership would prioritise issues concerning the education sector, Rt. Hon. Gbajabiamila emphasized that revamping the sector has become imperative.

The Speaker had in 2016 during his tenure as the House Majority Leader sponsored a bill to provide access to higher education for Nigerians through interest-free loans.

The Bill, which has been reintroduced in this Assembly and has gone through its first reading, proposes a Nigeria Education Bank, which will be established by law to provide education for all Nigerians without any discrimination.

He said: “As we celebrate the International Youth Day, I intend to use the office of the Speaker and the instrumentality of the law to fast-track the passage of this and others Bills that are capable of restoring hope to our youth to reposition them for the tasks of nation-building and global competitiveness.

“It is indisputable that the global economy is knowledge-driven, while the private sector has continued to play a leading and pivotal role in the economic development of states and nations.

“This is why we need to transform the Nigerian Educational System and why the youth should be encouraged to broaden their skills,” the Speaker said.
Rt. Hon. Gbajabiamila added, “I wish all Nigerian youths a happy International Youth Day”.

Government Is Creating Enabling Environment For Youths – Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari message to Nigerian youthsNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has reassured Nigerian youths of his administration’s commitment to creating an enabling environment that will ensure they realise their potentials.

The President’s statement was contained in his message on Friday to Nigerian youths to mark this year’s International Youth Day.

Government Belongs To You

“I am delighted to commemorate this occasion, the second such celebration since I took office.

“The roles that young Nigerians played in the historic election that brought our government to power will never be forgotten. This government belongs to you,” President Buhari stated.

He said that his administration was also mindful of the fact that Nigeria had one of the youngest populations in the world.

“Those young people are immensely energetic and talented, consistently blazing the trail in the arts, sports, business and technology. We are proud of what you have done and what you are able to do.”

Reeling out some initiatives of the government that are targeted at expanding the economic opportunities available to young Nigerians, the President said ‘N-Power’, a government job creation scheme, provided a platform for 500,000 young Nigerians to get jobs in the agriculture, education, healthcare and technology sectors.

“The Aso Villa Demo Day will soon bring 30 of the most innovative young Nigerians to the State House to showcase their talent in providing technology-based solutions to some of our most challenging problems.

“The Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP), part of our 500 billion Naira Social Investment Programme, will provide soft loans to thousands of young entrepreneurs across the country.

“These are just some of the many initiatives we have designed and are implementing for you,” he stressed, reminding the youths that they are the strength and future of Nigeria.

Youth Unemployment: Osun Youth Parliament Members Ask FG To Act Fast

Osun-State-representative-in-Nigerian Youth Parliament on Youth unemploymentOsun State Representatives at the Nigerian Youth Parliament want the Nigerian government to declare a state of emergency on the high rate of youth unemployment.

‎Members of the parliament representing the three senatorial districts in Osun State made the demand on Wednesday while addressing a press conference in Osogbo, the capital of the state ahead of the 2016 “International Youth Day”.

‎One of the youth representatives from Osun West, Maruf Adewole, who commended the Federal Government for its intervention scheme, emphasised the need to stimulate the economy and create an enabling environment for national growth.

‎Embrace Agriculture

He also pointed out that Green Economy for Nigeria was achievable.

“Sustainable consumption, which entails the use of products and services that meet the basic needs of our communities while safeguarding the needs of the future generations has to be coupled with sustainable production using our locally available resources,” he stated.

The young Parliamentarians also urged the youths to take the future in their hands by embracing agriculture and entrepreneurship.

On the ongoing war against corruption in Nigeria, the youths lauded President Muhammed Buhari’s efforts at combating the menace, but warned against lopsided prosecution.

They also voiced their support for the passage of the “Not Too Young to Run Bill, the Yes We Can Bill And The Child Rights Act (Amendment) Bill”.

According to them, the bills would go a long way in making governance more inclusive and ensure that the dividends of democracy get to all citizens.

The theme of the 2016 International Youth Day is “The Road to 2030; Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Production and Consumption”.

Critics have warned that the increasing rate of youth unemployment posed a huge risk for the oil-rich nation if not addressed.