- August 13, 2015
- Posted by: Website Admin
- Category: National News, Uncategorized
President Muhammadu Buhari has regretted that Nigeria’s economic growth has so far not translated into commensurate improved well being of the citizens, especially the youth.
Buhari made the observation in his address at the 2015 International Youth Day with the theme “Youth Civic Engagement,” held inside the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said the issue was of serious concern to him as the situation was forcing youths to migrate from rural to urban areas or from Nigeria to other countries in search of better opportunities and promised that his administration would do everything within its capacity to better the lots of the youth.
According to him, the unemployment rate among youth was more disturbing and considered to be over 50% due to the number of unemployed graduates and a huge number of youth who have had no chance to go to school.
While saying that sustainable development cannot take place in the absence of peace, the President urged Nigerians to work together towards the actualisation of sustainable peace and harmony to enable his administration build an enduring legacy.
In her welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth Development, Rabi Jimeta, described the occasion as an initiative targeted at promoting the general wellbeing of the young people and said this year’s commemoration was unique it was the first to be celebrated under the new President who has demonstrated great passion to tackle youth challenges, especially unemployment.