3 February 2013

Nigeria: Jonathan's Aide Launches Training Programme for Youths

Mr Obinna Adim, Special Adviser to the President on Youth Empowerment, on Sunday inaugurated an Integrated Youth Development Programme, in an effort to end insecurity across the country.

Adim said in Abuja while addressing some youth leaders under the auspices of National Youth Platform for Good Governance, that the programme was being executed through his foundation.

The presidential aide, who attributed social unrests and the insecurity in some parts of the country to the long abandonment of youths, said the programme would prepare them for the future.

According to him, international donors are already buying into the programme that will see some youths being trained in some parts of the world, including Alaska, Malaysia, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates.

"We have been talking with international donors and all they want is the right structure in place.

"The unrest and insecurity are the result of long abandonment of youths in the country.

"I have a strong belief that if Nigeria gets it right, Africa will get it right. A youth development structure is essential for getting it right.

"There is the belief that Africa is the next economic boom after China. It saddens me that we are not grooming leaders that will handle the boom.

"Nigeria should take the lead. Without youth development, a nation is doomed.

He added that youths were the future of any nation, saying "a nation that does not develop future leaders is bound to fail".

The National Chairman of the programme, Mr Nwoke Obinna, commended President Goodluck Jonathan for appointing the special adviser.

According to him, the appointment of Adim will have a far reaching impact on the lives of Nigerian youths.

"Judging by what the youths have been gaining, capacity building, empowerment schemes and oversea trainings, no doubt that the youths will be better off."

He, therefore, called on Nigerian youths to give "total and unconditional" support to President Jonathan's administration for successful implementation of the transformation agenda.

"The youths also vowed to be actively involved in the 2015 elections more than ever, with the aim of ensuring that only credible candidates with vision and mission for the country, emerge winners," he said. (NAN)

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