The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (SSAP-SDGs), Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire has tasked the youths in Nigeria to be innovative and be self-sustaining, so that they can be employers of labour, and contribute towards reducing poverty and unemployment in the Nation. The SSAP-SDGs made this remark when the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Directorate of Business and SME Development paid her a courtesy visit in her office recently in Abuja.
Mrs Adefulire enjoined the youths to develop a multipurpose concept to carry out their activities, adding that youths should look towards education which was the best way to end poverty, disease, terrorism and other ills in the society. She said that OSSAP-SDGs would soon launch a youth programme through which SDGs programmes would be implemented, and make youths self-sufficient. She pointed out that over 11 million children were out-of-school in Nigeria, majority of whom were in the North East, due to the problem of insurgency, which she pointed out that the Federal Government was seriously working to bring to an end.
The SSAP-SDGs encouraged the youths to, as part of their programme, educate parents on the necessity to send their wards to school to enable them to acquire the required education, so that they would be well integrated into the society and positively contribute to its socio-economic development.
She pointed out that, the Nation belongs to the youths, thus, they should work towards innovative ventures that would encourage other youths to be self-sustained thereby bringing about progress in Nigeria.
Mrs Adefulire pledged the support of OSSAP-SDGs to the youths in their quest to contribute positively to the development of the Nation, stating that OSSAP-SDGs was open to support and would encourage youth entrepreneurial programmes.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation Mr. Ezemagu Sunny Nnamdi enumerated the negative effects of youth unemployment on the society and the need to collaborate with OSSAP-SDGs to create a common facility centre in the 6 geopolitical zones, involving the NYCN in monitoring and implementation of SDGs projects across the Federation amongst other requests.