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The President of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Mr. Solomon Adodo, has urged young people to be actively involved in politics and governance, in order to chart a better future for the country.
Adodo said at an awards ceremony hosted by NYCN in Abuja that it was important for young people to lead the change they want in the country.
The award was intended to recognize the contributions of selected Nigerians to youth development through activities marking the theme of International Youth Day, “Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages.”
The NYCN President urged young people to focus on building partnerships for innovative leadership, economic growth and effective security in Nigeria.
He noted that young people were at the center of various crises in Nigeria and across the world.
“As such, they should strive to lead the way in finding solutions to security, political and economic crises.
“It is therefore essential that greater attention be paid to the development of young people to help them maintain social rhythms.
“Allow me to salute the brave young Nigerians who have continued to fight for glory despite the atrocious political and socio-economic conditions,” Adodo said.
He challenged the youth not to bow down to current challenges, “but to overcome them in partnership with Nigerians of all ages to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.”
The NYCN president denounced what he called “the systematic exclusion of young people in critical sectors”, saying it was unacceptable.
He, however, praised President Muhammadu Buhari for bringing young people into his administration, but said “more needs to be done to make things right”.
NYCN boss Dr Ibrahim Dauda said the day was to reassess and renew approaches on leadership, governance and development strategies that will ensure a better society. He said that young people occupy the largest demography of the world’s population and advised them to join political parties as well as active actors.
“Young people should seek leadership positions and serve with dignity and honour.
“The system needs to create friendly policies and a level playing field for young people to compete with people of all ages.
“Following the theme of the day, it is pertinent to note that no demographic can survive alone,” Dauda said.
“There must be interdependence of each age group to build sustainable growth and maintain a progressive index.

“The place of knowledge and experience is non-negotiable, young Nigerians must submit to learning and mentoring,” Dauda added.

A member of the House of Representatives, Saidu Abdullahi, said that the technological revolution has enabled young people to advance interaction and learning.

“It must be adopted to improve society other than using it to promote crime and criminality.

“While appreciating the energies that accompany youth, young people must embrace leadership and must demonstrate that they are worthy leaders,” he said.

Abdullahi, who represents the Bida/Katcha/Gbako Federal Constituency in Niger, urged the government to continue creating sustainable platforms.

This, he said, was intended to encourage the infusion of older people’s knowledge and experiences to help young people build careers and gain exposure.

He said it would help bridge the gap created by age and create a renewed partnership to advance the course of humanity.

The lawmaker also urged the nation’s youth to ensure their votes count and good leaders are chosen in 2023. In his speech, King Hope Dan-Opunsingi, the Amayanabi of Opu Kula/Singi Ama in Rivers , pledged his support for young people at all times. .

He assured them of his royal blessings, spiritual guidance, financial and moral support to ensure they were successful in all their endeavours.

The traditional ruler urged the youths to avoid social vices but “sets goals aimed at developing and advancing the nation”.

In his address, the national youth leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Dayo Israel, urged the youth to get involved in grassroots activities to accelerate national development.

“Our level of involvement in governance should go beyond social media activities and organizing protests.

“To get involved or be taken to leadership, you must be patriotic, intelligent, determined and show your personal value,” he added.

Those honored were Minister of Youth Development and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare and Dr. Ramatu Aliyu of the FCT, among others.

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