Sunday Ode, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday in Abuja poured encomiums on Nigerian youths for their contributions to the outcome of the 2015 elections.
The President, who spoke on the occasion of the 2015 International Youth Day, commended Nigerian youths for the significant roles they played in making the 2015 elections “a model for democratic governance in Africa.”
He said he was very concerned, however, that economic growth in Nigeria had not translated into “commensurate and improved social outcomes, especially for the 60 million young people who made up the majority of the population”.
Buhari noted that “although educational attainment by Nigerian youth had increased significantly in the last decade, the relevance of curricula, quality of education and skills required to meet the demands of the job market still remains a challenge for the country”.
The President assured Nigerian youth that his administration “is poised to provide an enabling environment for the private sector to thrive so as to ensure greater opportunities for jobs to be created for our young people.”
He said that his government was also determined to provide adequate infrastructure to boost the ability of “our job creation institutions to increase opportunities for our young people.”
Besides paying special attention to the growth of small and medium scale enterprises, the President said that his administration would also explore the option of boosting intervention funds to encourage domestic industrialization and manufacturing.
President Buhari reaffirmed the commitment of the APC administration to fulfilling its campaign promises to Nigerian youth.
“Change for us is not a mere political slogan, but the beginning of a new era desired by the majority of Nigerians,” the President asserted.