Good News: Nigerian govt reveals plan for youths ahead of 2019


The Federal Government says it will open up the political space to accommodate young people in the country.

Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung, stated this in New York while presenting a paper on: ‘The role of youth in building sustainable and resilient communities’.

Dalung, who told participants at the Seventh Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum at UN Headquarters, said the youth were now asking the elders for a space to participate.

Dalung said: “The ‘Not Too Young to Rule’ law in Nigeria is a demonstration of the Nigerian nation to open up the political space to accommodate the young people.

“Young people today are asking: where is the space for them to express themselves? They are asking the politicians – where is the space for their participation in governance?

“They are asking the business community – how are you mentoring us to ensure inter-generational transition? They are asking policy makers – why are you planning our future without consulting us?

“They are asking the United Nation: when will our space exist for us to participate”.

According to him, the case for urgent, participatory, and inclusive engagement with young people has never held as much potential for return as now.

He called for a renewed commitment and attention to justice and equity from developed countries, saying they must ensure that their relationship with the developing countries are predicated on the principles of justice.

“They must therefore rise to demonstrate greater social responsibility to tackle unfairness and imbalance over their decades of exploitation of natural and human resources of the developing nations,” he said.

Dalung thanked ECOSOC for its continued partnership with the Ministry through the Economic Commission for Africa, in promoting the cause of young people in Nigeria.

“Apart from the many capacity building opportunities offered to my staff in the last decade, we have worked variously towards achieving the five priority areas on youth in the Secretary-General’s Five-Year Action Agenda.

“These are: employment and entrepreneurship, education, protection of rights and civic engagement, political inclusion and health, one of the last being the Regional Report on the Status of Youth in Africa,”, he said.





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