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Govt, UN sign agreement to empower local youth

24 July 2014, 21:00

Abuja - Government has signed has signed a Contribution Agreement with the United Nations Habitat to empower the Ministry of Youth Development embark on the evaluation and straightening of youth centres and address key youth-based issues.

Minister of Youth Development, Boni Haruna, signed on behalf of the government.

According to a statement signed by Olusola Abiola Assistant Director Press and Public Relation Department of Federal Ministry Of Youth Development top officials witnessed the signing atthe UN-Habitat Office.

The Minister disclosed that the development outputs identified under the agreement particularly the proposed baseline historical and institutional study will lead to the establishment of a mechanism for monitoring and evaluation of the National Youth Service Corps Scheme (NYSC).

“This output hopes to assess the overall performance of the scheme after 40 years in view of present realities and enhance the capacity of the Ministry to do so consistently thereafter.”

 He said a full scale assessment and subsequent monitoring and evaluation initiative is indeed needful as it would enable the institution scale up its programmes from its founding objectives of fostering national unity and integration to include broader developmental goals as expressed in the country’s vision.

“Clearly the NYSC, against all the odds it faced over the years, has been a Nigerian success story worth sharing with the world particularly given the conditions of youth in today’s labour market. This partnership with the UN hopes to achieve precisely this objective,” read a statement.

Haruna therefore pledged the commitment of the Federal Government to the actualization of the programmes and project under the agreement.

Assistance Secretary General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN-Habitat, Dr Aisa Kirabo commended the commitment of the Federal Government towards the improvement of the wellbeing of the youths in the country.

She underscored the importance of the Agreement as a platform for addressing the varying challenges facing the youths and observed that developing the capacity of the youth was of essence and as such pledged the continuing readiness of her agency to partner with the Ministry.

 – CAJ 


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