Olawande to Nigerian youth: Let’s put party affiliations aside to build the nation 

Minister of State for Youth Development, Mr. Ayodele Olawande, has urged Nigerian youth to put political differences aside and join hands together to develop the nation. 

He gave the charge while addressing a group of youth in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state capital. He said he was in the state in continuation of his engagement with young people across the country. 

“I know this is a PDP state, but it is now time for governance and not politics. It is time we put aside party affiliations in order to build Nigeria.

“Like I said yesterday during the engagement with fellow youth in Cross River state, my message here this afternoon will be the same.  It is time young people prioritise skill acquisition if we must bury the monster of unemployment bedeviling our generation.”

A release by head, Press and Public Relations in the ministry, Mrs. Maryam Umar Yusuf, said the minister pointed out that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration is devoted to youth development,  adding that the president has shown his commitment by giving the youth a significant space in his administration as a demonstration of his belief in the talent and capacity of an average Nigerian young person to discharge his or her responsibility effectively.

He reiterated the need for the youth to set aside party differences and focus on making sure their generation justifies the perennial quest for inclusion in governance through the success of their representatives in leadership positions, and the government they serve.

Speaking further on skill acquisition, the minister said: “the fundamental responsibility we have now is to support this government, we, the youth must be ready to benefit from various opportunities that are available to us, especially in the area of skill acquisition. We must be ready to learn as many skills as possible because it is our most valued asset towards nation-building. As I always say everywhere I go, it is unacceptable for any Nigerian youth not to have a minimum of 2 skills.”