In order to improve information on youth empowerment and careers, the federal government has established an online platform, Nigeria Youth Online Assembly (NOYA), to keep in constant touch with youth across the country. In a statement by the Director of Press and Public Relations for the Ministry of Youth and Sport Development, Mohammed Manga, the Honorable Minister, Mr Sunday Dare, was quoted as saying that the initiative is in line with the current government’s stated determination to 100 To save millions of Nigerians from poverty in the next 10 years.
Dare spoke at the end of a three-day awareness workshop organized by his ministry on the use of NOYA, held at the Odo-emu National Youth Center in Osun State. Represented by the director of the ministry’s procurement department, Mr. Segun Oke, the minister reiterated that the ministry recognizes the fact that the energy, skills and aspirations of young people are crucial assets that no country can afford to waste. He noted that supporting youth to reach their full potential by gaining access to employment is undoubtedly a prerequisite for Nigeria’s poverty and sustainable development. The minister said that rather than seeing youth as a burden on society, the creation of a youth bill gives the government a special opportunity to focus on employment and job creation for young people in the country. According to him, in recent years the ministry has implemented various skills and empowerment programs as there was a need to lift large numbers of youth out of poverty to ensure their productive and sustainable professional engagement.
He said: “With this in mind, the Ministry is creating awareness and innovative opportunities for Nigerian youth by promoting nimble values and principles, creating a safe space for networking, developing new skills, sharing ideas and thriving together by leveraging NOYA, to reach crowds source of youth employment in Nigeria.” While stressing that young people, despite their particular challenges, have played an important role in changing the world over the years, the minister added that the NOYA platform represents the future of the youth would reinvent through knowledge and creativity to escape poverty traps and the like.
He therefore urged the youth in the country to take up the challenge of self-development as it will not only support their involvement in nation building but also give them leverage in the world economy. The minister also spoke in the Jos zone about the program for young people from the northern region and explained that Mr. President’s priority focus was the background that has created NOYA, DEEL and other activities, programs and youth initiatives of the ministry. He added that the initiatives aim to highlight the skills and potential of the country’s youth to create a sustainable path to ending poverty and ensure their productive and sustainable professional engagement. Opening his remarks, the Director of the Department of Enterprise Development and Promotion of the Ministry (EDP),