20 August 2020 By Georgina Humphrey
Kogi State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Idris Musa, has reiterated Government’s commitment to development of youths in the State.
Mr.Musa stated this at a Youth Summit to mark the 2020 International Youth Day in Lokoja.
The Commissioner who described Youths as the future leaders of the Country urged them to develop themselves so as to fitt into that role.
Alhaji Musa also advised them to shun violence and focus more on the development of the State and the country.
Earlier, the Country Director, Action Aid Nigeria, Ene Obi represented by the Director of Finance, Action Aid Nigeria, Mr Oluwole Elegbede said the World was getting younger as the United Nations estimate of the World’s population in 2019 shows that 1in 6 people are between the ages of 15 and 24 years, which means that the World had 1.2 billion youths in 2019.
Mr. Elegbede said that the figure was expected to rise by 7% by the end of 2020.
He also stressed that this year’s Youth Summit was an opportunity to celebrate and mainstream young people’s vioces, actions and initiatives as well as their meaningful engagement in contributing to development, while also educating them on their roles in peace building.
Earlier, In his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr Sylvanus Akpama expressed hope that the Summit would enable youths have a change of attitude towards Violent Extremism.
The Theme for this year’s youth day is “Youth Engagement For Global Action organised by the State Ministry of Youth and Sports Development in partnership with Action Aid Nigeria and Participation Initiative For Behavioural Change in Development