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Ban seeks investment in youth skills development

UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

THE United Nations (UN) Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, has called for political and financial investment in developing the skills of young people so as to build a just and sustainable future for all.

“With the right skills, these young people are exactly the force we need to drive progress across the globe and build more inclusive and vibrant societies,” Ban said.

Speaking at a Youth Skills workshop organised by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Lagos, in conjunction with ‘Yes-I-Believe Academy,’ a non-governmental organisation (NGO), to observe the first World Youth Skills Day recently, the UN Secretary-General, represented by the National Information Officer and the Officer-in-Charge of UNIC in Lagos, Oluseyi Soremekun, noted: “Skills development reduces poverty and better equips young people to find decent jobs.

“It also strengthens youth capacity to help address the many challenges facing the society, moving them to ending poverty, hunger, injustice and environmental degradation.”

Besides, Executive Director of Yes-I-Believe Academy, Mr. Niyi Adekunle, urged the participants to maximise the skills training opportunity offered them, as that could be a turning point for greater achievement in their lives.

Participants at the workshop, who would be trained in make-up, cake making, beaded jewelry, fabric accessories, shoe making, among others, consist of students from Immaculate High School and Apostolic Faith Secondary School, both in Lagos. Media, non-governmental organisations and entrepreneurs, would also be on

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