- International Youth Day is celebrated annually on 12 August to bring youth issues to the attention of the international community
- The day is also set aside to empower the world’s youth to make positive contributions to their communities and nations
- Nigerian youths have been urged to harness entrepreneurship potentials to promote socio-economic growth
FCT, Abuja – As part of celebrations to commemorate this year’s International Youth Day, QNET has brought together Nigerian youths to harness entrepreneurship potentials to promote socio-economic growth.
“The potential of youth as partners in today’s global society cannot be overemphasized and I commend young people across Nigeria for their dedication and perseverance to succeed despite all odds.
“We understand that the world needs to leverage the full potential of all generations and call on the youth in Nigeria to focus on their entrepreneurial proficiency and embrace direct selling as a bridge to achieve sustainable growth and development.”
“Nigeria has one of the largest populations of youth in the world and the potential of this emerging young talent pool needs to be harnessed for the country’s economic growth.
“E-commerce boosts the economy by increasing productivity and encouraging innovation which makes youth participation in global e-commerce essential to post-Covid economic growth.
“Direct selling can act as a supplementary source of income for those who are pursuing their passion, or even a full-time career for the entrepreneurial-minded, depending on what the person is looking for.
“We want to enable young people to leverage their technological prowess, solid connection to the community, and powerful sense of social responsibility to generate a sustainable source of income outside of less flexible, traditional career paths with direct selling.”
2023: Yiaga Africa Partners UNDP to Promote Youth Participation in Politics
Meanwhile, in a bid to mobilise over 60 million young Nigerians to vote in the 2023 general elections, Yiaga Africa and the United Nations Development Programme on Saturday, August 6 organised a concert at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camp, Kubwa Abuja.
The event which was held in partnership with a comedian, Chukwuyem Israel, was aimed at using the platform of entertainment to promote the importance of youth participation in the electoral process.
Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the event, a senior research officer at Yiaga Africa, Michael Agada, said the concert is geared towards educating NYSC members on the imperativeness to participate actively in the democratic process ahead of the 2023 polls.
Mr. Emmamuzou while speaking to Classloaded.com’s regional correspondent stated that young people these days are not willing to pay the price required to get to the top of the cadre when it comes to governance.
He questioned youths’ interest and enthusiasm to occupy smaller political offices as a starting point for their political ambition.
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“Young people are too short-sighted with plans, we want immediate instant gratification, but it doesn’t always work like that. It may work for some people in the short term but go and study any successful company, organization, or individual, none of them have short-circuited the process, and none of them can leapfrog the process.
“Look at rich and prosperous countries, they went through a process, they went through a time, they went through learning, they went through pain.
“Some of the politicians you see today running for the presidency, some of them have had this ambition for 25 years consistently, but young people today want to have an ambition today and actualize it next year, how possible is that?”
Insecurity, cybercrime, terrorism are offspring of unemployment – Ojeka
Meanwhile, the founder of Africado foundation, Richardson Ojeka, a youth corp member attributed the current predicament of Nigeria to unemployment.
He, however, noted that the veritable solution to clamping down on the menace of unemployment is tapping into tech.
Mr. Ojeka said:
“Insecurity, banditry, and cybercrime are clearly and squarely a problem of unemployment. So we are trying to solve the unemployment problem in Nigeria and we believe that to solve that problem, the best way is to use technology. Give technology to underserved people, underprivileged people and they will have it and it will be a tool for national transformation in their own lives.
“To be a billionaire in oil and gas you need tankers, factories, and the likes, but in tech, you need a phone, laptop, and data. And this is the way we believe we can solve the unemployment crisis in Nigeria, using technology and even giving it to people that deserve it.”
Similarly, the Country Director of Christian Aid (UK) Nigeria, Temitope Fashola via a statement made available to Classloaded.com stated that has called on all stakeholders in governance to ensure youth inclusion in the political structure of Nigeria.
Mr. Fashola said:
“At Christian Aid, we prioritise inclusion, hence, the development of a robust youth engagement strategy that guides our youth development programs such as our youth internship and employability skills development.”
He, however, reiterated that the organisation will continue to champion the course for youth inclusion and development across all sectors.