Youths Need Support To Dream Big, Achieve Ambitions, Says Gbajabiamila


The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has said Nigerian youths should be given necessary support because they are the present and future leaders of the country.

According to a post on the official Facebook page of the House of Representatives, Gbajabiamila said this while declaring open a public hearing on a Bill to establish the National Youth Development Commission organised by the House Committee on Youth, held at the National Assembly, on Thursday.

The Bill was sponsored by a member of the House, Hon. Simon Karu.

“All governing actions and policy priorities must ensure that our young people can dream big dreams and achieve grand ambitions.

“This includes ensuring that they have access to quality education and training to develop the skills required in the modern economy,” he said.

Gbajabiamila said the Bill is to advance policy recommendations to establish a framework for coordinating a national strategy for promoting the social, economic and political advancement of youths.

“Like all such Bills, it is a proposal that will be improved through thorough consideration and informed debate as it makes its way through the legislative process in the National Assembly,” the Speaker said.

Noting that the youths make up a significant majority of Nigeria’s population, Gbajabiamila said, “They are our nation’s present and future,” adding that all avenues for ensuring that young people have access to capital to innovate and build enterprises in every economic sector should be explored

He said the purpose of the public hearing is “to sample the opinions of stakeholders from across the country so that from the agglomeration of these multiple views, we might fashion a legislative approach that serves the best interests of our country.

“Therefore, all of us here today have a lot of work to do. I encourage you to do it well by ensuring that the contributions you make are informed and considerate, taking into account all the challenges we face in our country today as well as the opportunities that abound.”

Earlier, the committee chairman, Hon. Hon Yemi Adaramodu, who was represented by Hon. Onofiok Luke, said the hearing was to consult and engage extensively with the stakeholders to have their inputs.

Considering the enormous potential of the Nigerian youth, he said, the establishment of the commission will help a great deal.

“It will provide social and economic focus to our youth. We seek and solicit your assessment of this bill. Your inputs are very important to our work,” he said.

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