Minister Tasks Youths on Competence, Commitment

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The Minister of State for Youth Development, Mr Ayodele Olawande, has called on youths to have an I-can-do spirit and believe in their ability to strive toward excellence.

He made the call on Saturday in Minna during an interactive session with youths on the National Youth Policy programme.

Olawande said that Nigerian youths were a formidable force with outstanding qualities anywhere in the world, and advised them to believe in whatever they do.

“Today, I want to tell you three key ways to success – believe in yourself, be competent, have character, and be committed.

“We have changed the narrative; youths are the leaders of today, if only you are innovative enough.

“As a youth, you can become whatever you wish to become in life once you possess the required skills,” he said.m

He called on the youths to support President Bola Ahmed and the state governors in providing enabling environment for all to strive.

In his address, Gov. Umaru Bago of Niger, disclosed that the state government had implemented programmes to address mental health issues and substance abuse prevalence among youths.

Bago, represented by the Deputy Governor, Mr Yakubu Garba, said the initiative was aimed at creating healthy and vibrant youths that could contribute to the development of the state and the country.

“Youths are an important segment of every nation, therefore, the National Youth Policy is crucial to the wellbeing and future of our youths,” he said.

He said his government was keen on unlocking the potentials of the youths by providing enabling environment and ensuring their inclusiveness in government programmes and policies.

He said the interface would provide opportunity to discuss issues athat affect the youths and share viable insights and experience that would shape their future.

Earlier in his welcome address, Alhaji Yahaya Gulbin-Boka, Commissioner for Youth Development in Niger, had said that the ministry would continue to create an enabling environment for the youths to strive.

In his remarks, Mr Abdullahi Mohammed, Chairman of National Youth Council of Nigeria, Niger state Chapter, said the minister’s visit would afford him the opportunity to witness the dynamism and resilience of youths in the state.

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