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Youth Ministry to Partner UNFPA On Youth Empowerment

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Joel Ajayi 

The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development is to collaborate with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to initiate and implement  programmes that would enable  youth to realize their potentials for national development, even as the Ministry is committed to actualizing the thematic contents of the National Youth Policy to create champions of  youths.

 

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare made this commitment when the Country Director of the UNFPA, Ms. Ulla E. Mueller paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Abuja.  

The Minister stressed that the youth  policy is well-grounded on  education, health, inclusiveness, politics, drug abuse etc which are in sync with  the five key areas of UNFPA. ‘’ It is only proper that the Ministry collaborates with  UNFPA on  key areas to make champions  of our youths by  providing them  opportunities and support to actualize their potentialities

The Ministry will work with you to sustain the momentum and expected outcome to re-engage and contribute counterpart funding’’, the  Minister  affirmed.

Towards the actualization of this mandate, a working Group comprising Officials from  the Ministry and UNFPA would be constituted to consider areas of  mutual benefits. 

The Minister emphasized that efforts will be made to engage the National Bureau of Statistics to create a National Youth Data Base that will provide valuable demographic information  on various professions for national  youth development.

In her remarks, the Country Representative of UNFPA, Ms. Ulla E. Mueller assured  that the international agency would cooperate and collaborate with the Ministry to actualize its vision and mandate for youth and gender development. 

‘’To actualize our mandate, we have to work with your Ministry’’. 

 While acknowledging the  purposeful initiatives and programmes of the Ministry to alleviate the socio-economic status  of the youths, Ms. Mueller stated that the agency will  leverage and synergize on the  programmes to address issues of maternal health,  safe delivery, youth inclusiveness, HIV and gender based violence among the youths.

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Volleyball: Professor Adeyanju, Aina Tips Nigeria U18/19 For Nations Cup Glory

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The Vice President of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Professor Florence Adeyanju and Ex International, Lola Aina has tipped the National U18/U19 as one of the favorites to win the 2021 African Nations Volleyball Championship in Abuja.

Professor Adeyanju and Aina gave the hints during the presentation items to the teams on Monday. Adeyanju believes that the team has the potential to better Nigeria’s previous achievement at the last tournament in Kenya.

She said, “The country had always been blessed with talented and glory-seeking young Volleyball players.

“I believe the present crop of players in the country will do better than our own time. They stand a bright chance of representing the country at this year’s World Championships”.

Former captain of Niger women’s volleyball team believes that the U18 Girls and U19 Boys can make the nation proud.

Aina who was represented by the Coordinator Lola Aina Foundation, James Asoa urged Nigerians not to lay unnecessary pressure on the teams.

“The Nigeria U19 Boys are the favorite in this tournament because they are the team to beat and that is why it is not surprising when you see teams who play against them come out in full force.

“Those who tip the boys as favorites are not wrong because of the quality of players, the parade.

“Nevertheless, I would want us to move step by step and see how we progress in the competition”.

Lola Aina an ex-international, former Captain of the Nigeria Volleyball women’s team donated bags, water bottles, and backpacks to the 28 players planning to represent the country at the U18 Girls and U19 Boys African Nations Volleyball Championship in Abuja.

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