Minister calls on youth to work toward accessing N75bn investment fund.


By Mordi Chukwunonso Esther

 Minister of State for the FCT, Dr Ramatu Aliyu has urged youths to come up with smart ideas that will equip them to access between N250,000 and N50 million of the N75 billion Nigerian Youth Investment Fund for sustainability.

The minister made this call in Abuja on the maiden edition of the Nigeria National Youth Day celebration on Monday.

The minister pointed out prominent factors like  poverty and unemployment that drive youths to violent, extremism and crime.

She said that as part of measures to mitigate the ugly trends, the government in 2015 initiated programmes to ameliorate the vulnerabilities of youths in the country.

“It is also of note that the federal government in its bid to show care, created a N25 billion youth fund, in addition to the earlier N75 billion after the #EndSARS protest”,’’ she said.

Aliyu said that the FCT Administration has done its best to support the federal government initiatives.

She noted that the administration has generated a couple of peculiar intervention programmes to assist young people, their families and communities on a sustainable routine basis.

” The FCTA through the Youth Development Department of the Social Development Secretariat has trained youths in various viable economic skills at the FCT Youth Support Centre, Nyanya.

“We are in active collaboration with the African Union to establish a youth outreach mini centre at the Social Development Secretariat.

“Young people can meet our social services expert to engage and discuss their problems for positive solution,’’ the minister said.

In his address, Dr Kelvin Ike, Acting Secretary, Social Development Secretariat said no nation would  witness any meaningful progress and development in an atmosphere of persistent restiveness due to neglect of the youths.

Ike however, stated that every step must be geared toward efforts to ensure a meaningful life for young people.

He added that it was in this light that the administration has put measures in place to support the youths in spite the unfriendly economic challenges.

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