Demand for youth-friendly policies resonates as Nigerians celebrate IYD | The Guardian Nigeria News


As Nigerians joined the rest of the world in celebrating International Youth Day (IYD) 2022 yesterday, governments at all levels in the country were urged to launch programs and policies that would enable young people to realize their potential, to ensure gender equity and to eradicate poverty.

Speaking on the theme of the celebration, “Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages” in Owerre, the capital of Imo State, Governor Hope Uzodimma said no investment made on young Nigerians was a waste.

He argued that young people were the greatest asset any society could boast of, emphasizing that as future leaders, they should not be manipulated.

His words: “As leaders of tomorrow, no investment made in our youth is misplaced. And such an investment cannot be considered sufficient either. For us, therefore, we will continue to invest in our youth in Imo State in the belief that we will reap all the benefits one day. Young people are the leaders of tomorrow.

In a similar vein, Action Health Incorporated’s executive director, Adenike Esiet, said the commemoration was an attempt to draw attention to issues that affect young people’s development and opportunities to thrive.

“Specifically, this year’s theme, Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages, presents an excellent opportunity for actors in this field and young people to recognize the importance of building solidarity, understanding and the will to help each other for the greater good,” she says.

She urged young and older generations to strengthen the development of society, saying, “Young people have the advantage of having fresh and creative ideas, energy and the ability to work for success and it is important that adults recognize this. Similarly, young people need to recognize the resources that older people bring to the table.

Esiet called on the government to focus on education, not only limiting it to a school environment, but also ensuring that everyone has an environment conducive to learning.

For his part, Plan International Country Director Usie Emmamuzou blamed lack of planning and myopia as reasons why a youngster might not become Nigeria’s president any time soon.

Emmamuzou, who spoke yesterday in Abuja at an event organized by the Africado Foundation to celebrate this year’s IYD, argued that the country’s youth were too obsessed with the president’s office, usually wanting instant indulgence without proper and adequate planning.

He said, “One of the challenges of the Not Too Young To Run movement is that not many young Nigerians aspire to be councilors or presidents of local government, but they want to be presidents. It does not work like that; it takes planning and timing and it’s all a gradual process.

“Young people are usually myopic with plans and want immediate gratification and it doesn’t always work out that way. Although it might work for some people in the short term, but if you study any successful organization or individual, you will find that none of them shortened the process.

Similarly, the Executive Director of Godspeed Leadership and Mentorship Development Initiative (GLEMDI), Mr. Habila Kayit, called on the youth to be intentional in politics and governance by joining political parties.

Kayit, who made the call in a statement yesterday, said the observance of the United Nations International Youth Day was a time for reassessment and a renewed approach to leadership, governance and development strategies. that would guarantee a better society.

He said that young people unquestionably occupy the largest demography of the world’s population and advised them to join political parties and be active players.

“Young people should seek a position of leadership and serve with dignity and honour. The system must create friendly policies and a level playing field so that young people can compete with people of all ages.

“Following the theme of International Youth Day 2022, it is pertinent to note that no demography can survive on its own other than the interdependence of each age group to build sustainable growth and maintain an index progressive. The place of knowledge and experience is not negotiable; Nigerian youth must submit to apprenticeship and mentorship,” he said.

Also speaking, Deputy Speaker of the Cross River House of Assembly, Joseph Bassey, urged the nation’s youth to be innovative and diligent in achieving the goals they set for themselves.

In a statement yesterday in Calabar, Bassey noted that the youth population in the country was massive, hence the need for them to be innovative.

He noted the need for leaders to collaborate and foster fruitful, intergenerational relationships and partnerships with young people to ensure that no one is left behind.

He added, “Today, I would like to warmly congratulate young people around the world, especially young people in my immediate federal constituency on the occasion of International Youth Day in 2022.

“The theme is to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and harness the full potential of all generations. Solidarity between generations is the key to sustainable development.

“The participation of young people has progressed enormously and it is no longer seen as a rebellious act, as it was a few decades ago.”

The vice president said the younger generation realized they were ready to positively explore their full potential.
on political, economic and environmental issues.

He added, “As a young comrade, one of my priorities is the inclusion of young people in governance, where their potential would be seen in political, economic and entrepreneurial activities.

“As we mark this special day, I look forward to partnering with youth groups and associations on how we can together advance the youth agenda to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Young people are “agents of change” and their contributions are essential to the growth and development of this country.”

The Commissioner for Youth Development and Skills Development in Cross River State, Mr. Signor Idiege, has also advised young people across the country to avoid vices, describing them as positive agents of change.

Idiege said this while answering questions from reporters in commemoration of IYD 2022 in Calabar.

He urged young people to ban a few troublemakers from using them as crisis peddlers, saying “they are the future of the state and even the nation.”

He added: “The governance of the state will soon be your responsibility and so you have to prepare for it. As the 2023 general election approaches, I will advise you as young people to stand out as agents of positive change and as those who have recognized the importance of youth in the development of society.

“I ask you to shun all forms of violence and vices. Pursue your dreams diligently and you will see yourself soaring in success,” he said.


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