We’ll empower youths with skills, education to promote socio-economic progress – FG 

The Minister of Youth Development, Dr. Jamila Bio Ibrahim, has said the federal government would empower the youth with appropriate skills and education to “foster innovation, entrepreneurship, and sustainable development that will promote socio-economic progress.”

She said Thursday in Abuja at the opening ceremonies of the ministry’s management retreat on presidential priorities and deliverables with the theme “Achieving the Eight Presidential Priorities and Deliverables.”

She said there was the need to provide the youth with quality education, skills training and employment opportunities to make them self-reliant.

This was contained in a press statement issued by the director, press and public relations, Omolara Esan.

It indicated that the minister said further that the youth population in the country “holds immense potential and opportunities for the nation.”

“However, they face daunting challenges such as high unemployment rates, skill gaps, and limited participation in socio-economic and political spheres.

“These issues demand immediate and sustainable attention to unlock the full potential of this demographic and drive inclusive growth and development,” the statement read in part. 

She stressed the importance of unity and collaboration, saying “each department, stakeholder, and partner play pivotal roles in the success of the mission.”

 “By working together, they can harness collective expertise, resources, and passion to create a comprehensive and impactful youth development strategy.

The ministry is at the forefront of a pivotal mission at this Retreat to formulate, implement, monitor, and evaluate youth development policies and programmes that will deliver our desired outcomes and fulfill our mission.”

“Our work aligns with the national objectives and is crucial in ensuring that our youth are not only prepared to face the future, but are also equipped to thrive in the socio-political and economic development of our nation.”

In his welcome address, the permanent secretary, Dr. Dunoma Umar Ahmed, expressed commitment to assisting the minister in ensuring that the “policies and programmes are not only aligned with national priorities, but also fast-tracked to deliver on the Ministerial Performance Bond within the specified time frame.”