The Honourable Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Mr. Sunday Dare has been presented with the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) Leadership Role Model Award, in recognition of his effort at restoring peace to the Council after nine years of leadership challenge that bedeviled it
While receiving the Award in his office at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium Abuja, the Minister applauded the Council for putting behind their differences and coming together as one family, not only in the interest of the Nigerian Youth but also for the development of the country.
He stated that NYCN is the umbrella body of the Nigerian youth and as such, they are conceived to be the greatest asset and resource of the country’s future, advising that keeping their grievances behind would ensure the realisation of the country of their dreams.
“Nigerian Youth are the resource of this great country, the future belongs to them because they are talented, skilled, innovative, brilliant and can take a lot of risk to ensure the progress of the country and as such needs to be organized or else government will stay away and allow them to float.”
You must be pragmatic in your approach to issues, keep yourselves up to date with available opportunities in the Ministry, get yourself involved in constructive and meaningful engagementsthat will enable you contribute to the socio-economic development of our dear country”, he said.
Dare commended the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Administration for actualizing its commitment towards bringing up resourceful youth through the signing of the National Development Plan, 2021-2025, the Youth Investment Fund, the Strategic Implementation Access and many others which he said, the youth are already benefitting from.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Alhaji Ismaila Abubakar called on the youth to develop their skills and ensure they key into the various government initiatives in the Ministry.
He assured them that the doors of the Ministry is always open for meaningful discussions that will contribute to the growth and development of the youth in the country.
Also speaking, the President and Grand Commander of the Youth Council, Ambassador Sekibo Sekibo thanked the Honourable Minister for breaking the chain through his reconciliation effort which brought an end to the over nine years disarray in the Council.
He assured the Minister, Permanent Secretary and Top Management Staff of the Ministry that with the efforts put together to ensure unity in the Council, the youth will come together to work for the progress of the nation as the future of the country belongs to them
NYG 2023: FG Charges Participants to compete Fairly In Spirit of Unity
As the 2023 National Youth Games kicks off, the Federal Government has called on participants in the country to ensure they compete fairly in the spirit of Unity of the nation.
The President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu gave the charge today when he declared open the 7th edition of the National Youth Games holding in Asaba, the Delta State Capital.
The President stated that the aim of the games which was conceived in 2013 was to reposition sports at the grassroots level and to facilitate the discovery of budding talents in the country.
Represented by the Honourable Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh, the President stated further that National Youth Games serves as an effective platform for talent identification and development as well as a level playing ground for young athletes to achieve excellence in sports and not necessarily to compete for the purpose of winning medals alone.
He explained that the Games was designed not only to enhance and elevate sports globally and regionally, but also to establish a standard for athletes’ succession from one generation to another and enable for athletes participation in their community development as well as reinvigorate national unity and collaboration amongst them.
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu informed that his administration is committed to the development of sports in the country and that was why he specifically created the Ministry of Sports Development and assigned a colossus administrator, Senator John Owan Enoh to drive its affairs, in line with the policy thrust of government.
The aim he added, is to ensure that sports move from mere recreation to job creation, thereby providing opportunities for poverty reduction amongst our youth, both male and female through government’s agenda of inclusiveness thus, improving on the security of our dear nation.
The President who congratulated Delta State Government for hosting the games urged officials and athletes to compete with the spirit of fairness and togetherness, while putting the interest of the nation ahead.
He wished the athletes a fruitful competition.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Executive Governor of Delta State Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori stated that since inception, the National Youth Games has proven to be a cost effective and reliable tool to promote national unity, advance development and peace at both national and sub-national levels.
He observed that if this is effectively harnessed, sports has the power to positively impact on the economic and social wellbeing of any society.
Sports, he noted, *plays a great role in the realization of development and peace, in its promotion of tolerance and respect, and the contributions it makes to the empowerment of women and of young people, individuals and communities, not to mention its health, education and social inclusiveness objectives.
The Governor noted further that the belief of the Deltans on these ideals was unshakeable and that is why he.said,*the Government of Delta State has continued to make its resources available to host national and international sporting competitions
In 2018, he added, the state hosted the African Senior Athletics Championship, and in November 2022, the 21st National Sports Festival.
Gov. Oborevwori reiterated that the Stephen Keshi Stadium has become a venue of choice for hosting national football championships, as Delta is becoming the beehive of sports in Nigeria.
He assured all participants of a peaceful and exciting games as security personnel, protocol officers, traffic management teams, and volunteers are on ground to ensure a peaceful, safe and secure environment for free and fair competition.
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