25 NIGERIAN YOUTHS INAUGURATED INTO EUROPEAN UNION SOUNDING BOARD
Globally youths are regarded as tomorrow’s leaders and a nation’s assets and posterity; but they can only fully attain these recognitions and status if their rights, priorities and placements in decision making process, particularly on issues that affects their interests and well-being are duly accorded them. Youths’ inclusion and progress are essential for sustainable national development; and no country can effectively thrive if these important growth-component are neglected and not given the adequate consideration for leadership engagements. Thankfully, the Governments (at all levels) and international development partners are selflessly working to ensure that not only are Nigerian youths given the necessary platforms and promotions to succeed; they are also making sure their voices are heard loud and clear around the world.
Towards these realizations, the EU Delegation in Nigeria and ECOWAS, a diplomatic mission and part of the European Union External Services, comprising one of the more than 130 Delegations throughout the world, has further advanced youth reachout and relevance in the nation through the launch of 25 Nigerians youths into the European Union decision making board. The youth’ Sounding Board’ is a space for young people to have influence on the EU’s development cooperation in Nigeria and it will allow young Nigerians to participate in the policy and programme of the EU activities/engagements in Nigeria. It will also enable active engagement and exchanges between young people and the EU Delegation…making the youth voices heard both nationally and globally.
The youths will have an unpaid mandate of two years have shown competence, capability, creativity and commitment in their various communities through development outfits and initiatives and will serve as a bridge between young Nigerians and the EU Delegation. The Charge d’Affaires of the EU Delegation to Nigeria, His Excellency, Mr. Alexandre Gomes, applauded and urge the deserving board members who were picked out of hundreds of applications from across the country to live above expectations. The EU Chief-Envoy in the country further noted that their selections criteria were based on their merits and on their knowledge and experience in one or more of the areas that are of key interest to the EU, including gender equality, youth inclusion, climate change, and culture. EU believes the future of Nigeria will largely depend on the ability to provide young Nigerians with opportunities for employment, education, health and access to decision-making processes and it is encouraging these.
Also, speaking at the event was the Minister for Youths & Sports, lauded these board members’ considerations and underscored youth development in nation-building. Mr. Sunday Dare stressed the federal government ongoing contributions to eradicate poverty, provide employment opportunities, build capacities, sets development agenda and ensure better governance systems. He also encourage the youths to always support governments laudable efforts. The excited youths (board members) thanked the EU for the honour and promised to be excellent Ambassadors at all times