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Maiden national youth confab begins in Abuja

By Jesutomi Akomolafe
01 November 2021   |   3:08 am
The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, in collaboration with private sector partners, is hosting the first ever National Youth Conference in Nigeria at the Velodrome

[FILES] FCT. Photo: FI

The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, in collaboration with private sector partners, is hosting the first ever National Youth Conference in Nigeria at the Velodrome of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, from today.

The three-day conference is premised on the realisation that Nigeria needs her youth not only to be supported and developed but also to understand the dimension of political developments, grasp national issues and consciously position themselves as co-builders in the socio-economic growth of the country.

According to the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, the conference will discuss diverse and urgent issues confronting the youth and tugging at the very heart of the nation, in line with the policy thrust of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

The conference will explore critical issues in the agitation for the inclusion of more youth-related policies and create the structure for the youth to participate and thrive in politics, governance, technology, creativity and other sectors in which they choose to play, he disclosed.

Dare added that the conference, which is a hybrid of physical and virtual meetings with the theme ‘Energising the youth for Development: Inclusiveness, Governance, Security and Employment’ was expected to host over 370 delegates from the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), to reflect gender disparities, diverse educational levels and professions.

Over 10,000 youths are also expected to participate in the conference, as about 6,000 have registered to participate virtually, The Guardian gathered.