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Nigeria, UNDP synergise to reposition youths for economic development

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By Muhammad Amaan

The Federal Government of Nigeria is set to collaborate with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in repositioning Nigerian youths in order to reduce unemployment rates.

Minister of Youth Development, Dr Jamila Bio-Ibrahim communicated this when Ms Elsie Attafuah, UNDP Resident Representative for Nigeria, paid her a courtesy visit in Abuja.

“We want to transform the youth to thrive and catalyse economic development.”

According to her, the collaboration will bring about reduction in youth unemployment, increase in youths with global market demand skills and increase in youths’ participation in social and economic development.

She said the ministry would ensure coordination across all stakeholders in multi- agency youth programmes and resources.

The minister said that they would unveil young leaders institute and ensure social values and community service for national development.

She said that the ministry would restart the Nigerian Youths Development Fund to enable the young people access funds.

In her speech, Attafuah said that the country should find out the reason why youths were leaving Nigeria and then try to address the problems.

She said that UNDP was ready to support the ministry to achieve its goals in ensuring that youths have a better future.

Attafuah said skill acquisition should start from the schools as such would enable them to do better after graduation.

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