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Making use of our youth

13 March 2015, 13:32 Bilal Modu Yerima

Youthful age could be said to be a stage of growth that is neither childhood nor adulthood, but rather somewhere in between, some scholars describe the youthful age as a transition from childhood to adulthood when traits of both physical and psychological development emanate and become noticeable in an individual. Moreover, it is the, age or stage at which laws becomes binding on a person and thus qualified him legible for special treatment like all other adults.

In Nigeria, the youths are defined by the national youth policy as “young persons (boys/girls) of ages between eighteen and thirty five years’. This period is considered a prime time of every human when he or she makes the hardest decisions of one’s future life. For instance, because of the tempting youthful exuberance, a lot of youth end up making wrong choice of their career or marriage partner. Therefore, it is of paramount important that both parent and people concerned guide the individuals to see himself or herself through this thorniest part of life cycle. Robert Kennedy once said “this world demand the qualities of youth; not a time of life but a state of mine, a temper of will, a quality of imagination on, a predominance of courage over timidity of the appetite for adventure over the life of ease” This wise saying has given enough light on the inestimable value of youth in every society, Nigeria inclusive.

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In addition to that Nigeria being blessed with huge number of youth who made up of about sixty percent of its total population deserves to put in place a proper plan in order to harness the unquantifiable potentials of these teeming vulnerable youths, to give itself a better future, instead of grouping in the wrong direction for one. Unfortunately enough the country seems to be deeply engrossed in making unproductive more as million of its youth ransack the street almost on daily basis looking for employment opportunities. In fact, it is disheartening, and of course, a threat to the nation’s development, security and peaceful coexistence, moreover, Nigeria being a heterogeneous society with more than 250 different ethnic groups, different culture and religious backgrounds, its youth deserve a better treatment.

While, the few sacred cows who seem deeply engaged in appeasing their personal needs through the abuse of power, negligence and Corruption should have a rethink even before the effects of their misdeeds outbreak and consume everybody including the innocent. Despite this ugly picture of Nigeria, most of its youth seem to have greater dreams and aspirations and only need the encouragement of the government to actualize on them. Nonetheless, with less Attitude of the government toward youths, they it shouldn’t be disheartened and loss hopes for grad themselves and the nation. In fact, it is a matter of being year determined and willing to As explore better opportunities wherever they may be, while able still matching this alongside into their unique abilities with real of development and Prosperity.

However, this is only possible when every Nigerian youth has a sense of responsibility and commitment to one’s ambition. Believe it or not Nigeria’s economic, political and social development hinges on its youths. Hence, it is a matter of priotizing and investing in them as those who hold keys to its door of its developer.

Meanwhile, instead of I government been reluctant a and negligent to its suppose number One objective, adequate skills and encouragement should be given to the youths so that with that, they could fully This has participate in driving home from its long overdue goal of economic growth and economy development. By Bilal Modu Yerima University of Maiduguri Department of Mass Communication 400 levels byerima86@gmail.com

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