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Youths seek government’s attention on development issue


 Ahmad Alhendawi. PHOTO:

Ahmad Alhendawi. PHOTO:

Following last week’s visit of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, to Nigeria to discuss the United Nations (UN’s) programme in the country, young people have urged the government at all levels to give youth development priority on the global development agenda.

The representatives of young people spoke at a workshop organised by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the support of the UN to discuss the future of youth development programmes in Nigeria and globally.

Participants at the workshop raised several issues considered pertinent for urgent consideration, including a clear framework for youth development in Nigeria.

They requested that the next UN Development Assistance Framework for Nigeria reflects young people’s issues and be addressed in a comprehensive manner. They also urged the Federal Government to consider putting young people’s development high on the global development agenda, under the leadership of the UN.

Speaking on behalf of the UN system in Nigeria, the UNAIDS Country Director for Nigeria and Focal Point for ECOWAS, Dr. Bilali Camara, expressed gratitude to Mr. Alhendawi for visiting Nigeria and thanked the government for helping to make the visit a success.

“I am very pleased by the Nigerian authorities for showing the world that young people’s issues are very important in the national development processes and are global issues. Nations will become stronger only when the potentials of young people are fully unleashed,” Dr. Camara said.

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