Don’t Succumb To Hopelessness, Osibanjo Urges Nigerian Youth

Don’t Succumb To Hopelessness, Osibanjo Urges Nigerian Youth
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  • …Declares maiden edition of National Youth Conference open in Abuja

Joel Ajayi

The Vice President of Federal Republic of Nigeria Prof. Yemi Osibanjo has asked all the youth in the country and beyond not to in any way succumb to hopelessness, but they should rather keep faith in new Nigeria.

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He gave this admonition on Monday in Abuja when he declared open the maiden edition of National Youth Conference at the MKO Abiola stadium saying that the present government will leave no stone unturned to ensure growth and development of every youth in the country.

The Maiden edition of the youth conference with the theme: “Youth inclusiveness- Governance, security employment have the following thematic areas such as Education, Innovation and Technology for Youth Development ; Politics, Nation Building, Peace, Unity and Security and The Soft Power of Sports, Entertainment and Creative.

According to him, “Most importantly, we must keep our faith in our country, and remain optimistic that it could serve as a center and locus for fulfilling all of our aspirations.

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“Building a nation is an inter-generational endeavor, I think that this is a particularly important point. Government can be changed in the electoral cycle, but the destiny of a nation is shaped across generations. 

“This country is ours, above and beyond partisan troubles, disagreement and everything else, the future will be what we make of it in these days when we seem to be assailed on all sides, it is natural to fear for the future and nurse anxiety,  on what holds tomorrow. 

“However, this is not the time to give up or to succumb to despair. This is the time to engage and to work more seriously to build the country of our dreams. 

“The successful” not too young to run” campaign which led to the legislation that expands opportunities for political inclusion of young Nigerians, is a sterling example of how dedicated youth advocate initiatives have solved through a keep peace of political reforms by working through the system by insisting on following the rules.

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“It is my belief that young Nigerians organize, mobilize and participate fully in public affairs. Your contributions are invaluable to the debate on what sort of future we want. Your engagement in political life is about participating in the campaign to ensure that Nigeria works for all of us.”

However, he pledged that, the government will not toil with growth and development of youth in the country saying the youth growth will remain at the heart of our government  investment and development agenda.

In his remark, Minister of Youth and Sports Development Chief Sunday Dare said the essence of the first ever national conference is to showcase enormous Nigerian creative minds.

He said, “Significance of November 1st for the average youth and the activities around this day is to accentuate the youth agenda and concentrate our minds and commitment to do something and do more for our youth.

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“It is also a good opportunity to deepen youth engagements, conversations and collaborations. But beyond all of these to begin to ACT timeously in addressing the needs of our youth.

He expressed optimistic that the government will continue to initiate the programs that will progress the youth and Nigeria at large.

Meanwhile, over 15,000 youth across the country, physical and virtual, are currently participating at the national youth conference that will come to climax on Wednesday the 3rd November 2021.

Aljazirahnews


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