NEPAD tasks youths on nation building

Mnena Iyorkegh, Abuja

Cross section of youths during a conference.

Nigerian youths have been urged to put more emphasis on finding ways to contribute adequately to the development of the nation’s economy than playing politics.

The National Coordinator and Chief Executive Officer, New Partnership for Africa’s Development , NEPAD Nigeria, Gloria Akobundu said that the multiplier of a sustainable economy possess the real solutions to the problems of youth restiveness, drug abuse and other anti-social behaviours of the youth across the country.

Ms Akobundu said this at an interactive session with some leaders of the Young Democratic Party (YDP).

Self-sustaining skills
The NEPAD Nigeria CEO stated that the programmes and activities of the agency were for the benefit of all in spite of party affiliation or creed.

Ms Akibundu noted that in spite of how much she supports youth involvement in politics and leadership; there was the greater imperative for them to first acquire and develop self-sustaining skills.

She said this would enable them go through life without being liabilities to their immediate families and to society at large.

According to her, it will help to create employment and positively impact the nation’s economy.

The Leader of Party Mr. Henry Nwabueze appreciated what he termed ‘‘the wonderful job’’ the NEPAD Nigeria boss is doing in the agency since she assume office late last year.

He encouraged her to work out an agenda that would make room for partnership with various political parties.

“This is in order to make our youths benefit from the programmes and activities of the agency, which are for all Nigerians,” she added.

Sammie Idika