Nigeria’s Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare has said that Nigerian government will borrow and adopt some of the ideas of Junior Chamber International, Nigeria to support government’s programs for youth developments in the country.
“I will pitch the ideas to some of our private partners; we have about nine Strategic Implementation Partners that we call SIP. They are private sector based and I’m going to borrow some of the ideas from JCI If I have your permission and see how they can adopt them for the benefits of our youths growth and development”, the Minister said.
He pointed that more youths would have been lifted out of poverty, enjoy more necessary supports, and achieve more participation in entrepreneurship and leadership development, if they had been members of the organisation.
Dare described JCI Nigeria’s contributions to governments’ programs and policies as critical factors in the nation’s development.
“Beyond the efforts government is making, JCI and other organisations’ efforts are boosting governments’ contribution to youth development globally, and such collective and collaborative approach will further help young people achieve their aspirations and advance their career goals”, Dare said.
The Minister further explained that youth challenges remained both a concern and opportunity to the development and contribution to building a great nation.
He quoted Africa Development Bank’s data that puts that 10 – 13 million young people join the employment market, and only a fraction of them, about 11 – 15% are able to find jobs while a large number them remained unemployed, adding that they are left to wander, applying for jobs and left to look for loans and grants that can make them to be self-status.
Dare said that the population of Nigerian youths are not problem, but resources to be harness and supported.
“Youths must be supported with systems they need to become political leaders, societal change agent, become development leaders in their communities and entrepreneurs to be able to contribute to national economic development.
The Minister said he was glad to see JCI believes in the principles, vision and philosophy of ensuring that youths are supported to become entrepreneurs then train to become successful entrepreneurs.
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