The Executive Director of Nigeria Youth SDGs Network Joshua Alade has reiterated the need for youths to be given the right support to transform the country by bringing innovative ideas in the area of technology, agriculture, social development, and nutrition.
He made the disclosure at an event to mark the International Youth Day celebration organized by Oxfam and Nigeria Youth SDGs Network in Abuja.
According to the Youth Network leader, the United Nations states that to achieve the Sustainable development goals there must be collective efforts from young people, civil societies, the private sector, and the academia.
He further added that the network is willing to train close to a thousand Nigerian youths and SDGs activists in various Universities across the country.
“We want to encourage the youth to be strong in the face of difficulty and have the belief that they will succeed in life. We aim to mobilize different youths from different parts of the country to become innovative leaders in their area of endeavors. We have seen what young Nigerians can do, they were able to come together in one voice to achieve their aim.”
The Project Coordinator Oxfam Nigeria, Princewill Ogbodo noted that there is a need for development organizations to give young people the necessary moral and financial support to become better individuals.
“We want to improve the economic prospects of young people in the country. We want them to develop the right skills to be able to find suitable jobs, and also develop the right mindset towards entrepreneurial skills. The youth plays a great role in our organization programming, so we need to work with them”.
The Permanent Secretary National Budget and Planning, and the Convener of the United Nations Food System Dialogue in Nigeria Hajiya Hauwa, urged the youth in Nigeria to chart transformative pathways in terms of food security.
She called on young people in Nigeria to work towards tackling insecurity and environmental threats in Nigeria.
“Since the proclamation of the food system survey in Nigeria, the government in collaboration with UN and other relevant stakeholders with the support of the Vice President, ,Prof.Yemi Osinbanjo, is undertaking various food dialogues, which will lead eventually to the development of a transformative pathway for food security by the government.