Atiku visits Lagos, assures of robust youth participation if elected
Presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has promised to increase youth representation in governance and business if elected next year.
He made the pledge yesterday at the Youth Town Hall Meeting in Lagos since youths are the future of the country, adding that he would increase their representation through quota in on politics and corporate boards.
He said youths were crucial to the survival of nations, insisting that empowering them through creation of jobs and private sector development was imperative.
His words: “The most important thing today is about the future. I believe in creating jobs for the youth. My government will create more efficient, cost effective and sustainable national entrepreneurship development and job creation programme.
“This shall be in collaboration with the private sector to shift the status of the unemployed, especially the youth to a more economically empowered place through greater access to quality skills training and better employment opportunities.
“We will provide employment and fulfill our pledges to our youth through education, mentorship, vocational training and technology and entrepreneurship initiative.”
He dismissed insinuations that former President Olusegun Obasanjo did not give him opportunity as a Vice President, adding: “That is why our government has chosen a first class Vice President. It is the opportunity that berth telecom and Pencom sector. All these contributed to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Meanwhile, Media Adviser to Vice Presidential candidate, Peter Obi, Mr. Valentine Obienyem has urged Nigerians to disregard insinuations that he (Obi) recklessly used statistics and data to buttress his points during the Presidential debate.
He said engaging in “statistical fallacy” was a mark of those without honour, insisting that Obi did not do so during the debate, adding: “The sources of all statistics he used could be easily verified.”
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