FG to involve more youths in governance



Group wants court to stop ministers’ swearing in
AS Nigerian joined the rest of the continent in marking this year’s African Youth Day, the Federal Government has promised to create opportunities for more youth involvement in governance.

Government revealed it was working in collaboration with MDAs, Civil Society Organizations and development partners to increase the participation of young women and men in community life and development.

Speaking at the occasion of the 2015 African Youth Day Celebration yesterday in Abuja, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth Development, Mrs. Rabi Jimeta, said the Federal Government is working assiduously to provide more funding for sustainable development of youth oriented projects that will assist young people attain their goal and full potentials.

She said: “I want to use this platform to restate government’s resolve and commitment to protecting the fundamental human rights of all law-abiding Nigerian youth, irrespective of their states of origin or country of residence, religious background or political affiliation.

Meanwhile, a group of Nigerian youths last Friday approached an Abuja Federal High Court, seeking injunction to stop the swearing in of the just cleared 36 ministers designate into the Federal cabinet.

The group under the aegis of Youth Concerns Realisation Initiative (YCRI) in Abuja at a press addressed yesterday by its Media Assistant, Blessing Luka said the suit was filed following the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint a youth in his cabinet to “give them a sense of belonging,” maintaining “we have capable, able and qualified youth to handle positions as Ministers, board members, council members and members of government institutes.”

On the 2015 African Youth Day Celebration, the permanent secretary explained that theme for this year’s celebration: “African Year of Human Rights towards Agenda 2063- the Africa We Want,” was carefully chosen to draw more attention, provoke actions and initiatives to the legal dimensions of women empowerment and development.

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