Minister Canvases Improved Youth Development, Empowerment

By Obaseki Anthony on November 9, 2019

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The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, has advocated a more inclusive approach for profiling youth for development and empowerment interventions to capture those in the informal sector even as he identified funding as a major challenge to be addressed.

The Minister, who was speaking, when he gave audience to Junior Achievement Nigeria (JA), a non-governmental organisation, in office in Abuja, further noted that the era when Youth Development was just a footnote is over. 

He said: “We need to be more inclusive to include those without tertiary education in the profiling of the Nigerian youth.

“The informal sector plays a major role in the economy. I think when empowering the youth we should look not just at the elite population, when we are all encompassing we will make progress.”

Reacting to Junior Achievement’s presentation on how to empower the next one million youth over the course of the next five years, Mr. Dare noted that “the challenge of youth development has been funding and how to scale up. You need to work with us as a Ministry to also achieve our target of (training and empowering) one million youth.

“As I listened to both of you speak, I was just wondering if someone somewhere compared notes because as I reel out plans, you will find that there are just several plug-ins.

“To a very large extent, they are similar. What we are doing differently this time is that we are putting youth and sports development on equal care.”

The Minister assured the organisation that their priorities are also the Ministry’s priorities noting: “What we want to do is to scale up the empowerment of our youth, also to deepen the skills that we offer them and above all, to create opportunities for them. It is about opportunities. What you do is also creating a platform for opportunities.”

He informed the gathering of the Ministry’s vision to empower 500,000 youth in the next two years in partnership with groups like JAI to scale the numbers up, among other programmes of the Ministry.

Speaking earlier, the Director Junior Achievement Olaniyi Yusuf, while giving a background on the organisation, said JA has three major area of focus which includes Financial Literacy; which teaches young people how to spend and invest wisely, work readiness; working with students and prepare them for work, entrepreneurship; working with students and those out of school to make them successful entrepreneurs, with a fourth pillar, digital literacy, in recognition of the fact that the world is a global village.

The Executive Director of the Junior Achievement Nigeria, Simisola Nwogugu, thanked the Minister for receiving the group and highlighted some of the organisation’s achievements.

She said: “In our first 20 years in the country, we focused on making impact on the students that were under our care, we believe that by the end of this year we would have reached 1 million students. We are now at 980,000, we have a few programmes to help us reach 1 million by the end of the year.

“At our 20th anniversary, we decided to look for a way to reach another 1 million without waiting for another years and that is why we are here.”

•PHOTO: Sports Minister Sunday Dare with the visiting audience to Junior Achievement Nigeria delegation

Source Daily Sports

Posted November 9, 2019


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