Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday said that his administration will continue to prioritize and promote deliberate policies to accelerate youth development.
The President stated this at the 2014 International Youth Day Celebrations, with the theme “Youth and Mental Health: Nigerian Youth at Centenary,” which held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
The President, who was represented by Vice President Namadi Sambo, said “as a government, we will continue to accelerate the implementation of the Youth Decade Plan of Action and advance the Youth Agenda through adoption of policies and mechanisms that will facilitate the creation of safe, decent and competitive employment opportunities.”
Mr. Jonathan praised dexterity of the Nigerian youth and said Nigeria is indebted to its youth and should honour them.
He spoke about various intervention programmes and policies instituted by government to bring out the best in the Nigerian youth including the YouWin, SURE-P, Youth in Agriculture, Student Computer Ownership Scheme, Gender and ICT Programmes as well as Girls and Women in Nigeria Initiative, among several others.
Mr. Jonathan tasked the Nigerian youth to continue to keep faith in their country, saying “All hands must be on deck, and we all must collaborate together to make our country greater. There is no greater pursuit worth our time in the present than advancing the collective interest of our beloved country Nigeria.”
The Minister of Youth Development, Boni Haruna, said the 2014 celebration was aimed at creating awareness and drawing attention on the importance of mental health among youth to the development of any society.
He said the day was to raise the global awareness on challenges youth face such as unemployment, mental health.
Highlights of the events include, an interactive session between the President and selected youth, Presentation of Award to the President; and also the unveiling of the Centenary Youth Book, titled In Our Minds: Reflection of the Youth at Nigeria’s Centenary (1914-2014).
The United Nations earmarked August 12 of every year the International Youth Day. The day is set aside to acknowledge the unique role and contribution of young people to the development of communities and