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FG Committed to translating Youth Expectations into Actionable Policies – Minister of Youth

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Joel Ajayi

Minister of Youth Development, Dr. Jamila Bio Ibrahim, affirmed that the Federal Government is fully committed to translating the diverse and evolving expectations of the youth into an array of actionable policies that will address their specific needs and aspirations.

The Minister made this known during the Nigerian Youth Consultative Forum, “the Summit of the Future” , held at the United Nations House Auditorium, Abuja.

Dr. Ibrahim said this forum is dedicated to capturing the views and expectations of the youth while collectively addressing their challenges to create a future where every young Nigerian can flourish.

She emphasized that the primary objective of this forum is to diligently gather and comprehensively understand the diverse views and expectations of the youth by collectively addressing their pertinent challenges.

According to the Minister, “Nigeria’s challenges are complex, but not insurmountable. By harnessing the power of technology, fostering entrepreneurship, and championing education and skills development, we can create a vibrant ecosystem where young Nigerians can thrive. We must also prioritize inclusivity, ensuring that our initiatives benefit every segment of society, including marginalized and vulnerable groups,” she stated.

She encouraged young people to be bold in their ideas, fearless in their advocacy, and relentless in their pursuit of a better future, adding that the platform amplifies the voices of Nigerian youth, as well as brings solutions to their challenges.

The Minister further explained that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offer a blueprint for a better world. However, achieving these goals requires more than just governmental effort; it demands the active participation of every citizen, especially the youth.

Earlier, World Health Organization (WHO) Representative and United Nations Resident Coordinator Dr. Walter Kazadi Mulombo said that the summit provides an opportunity to regain focus and reaffirm a commitment to a multilateral approach that benefits all people and all regions.

He noted that the future summit will be based on the 2023 SDG Summit and enhance global cooperation, which will eventually accelerate progress on the 2030 agenda.

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