The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, mr Sunday Dare, says building and empowering the youthful population is one of the cardinal objectives of the Buhari administration.
Dare in a statement said that the government is committed in empowering Nigerian youths in education, health, science and technology, politics and leadership.
In a statement signed by Ms Patricia Nnandi, a Principal Information Officer in the ministry said the minister expressed the commitment when members of the United Northern Youth Students visited in Abuja.
Mr Dare said that youth development will take the lead, with sports also getting equal attention. He said that about sixty-seven million of Nigerian populations are youths and that their problems are varied.
The development will include self-empowerment and introduction of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises in order to enable them to be more competitive and gainfully employed.
Dare explained that the ministry has waded into the leadership tussle in the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), and a seven-man committee constituted to reconcile all factions and their presidents. He promised that any report generated by the committee will be subjected to a higher level of deliberation before reaching a final decision.
The president of the United Northern Youth Students, Mr Jibrin Maiturare, assured the minister that the group is ready to work with the ministry in the overall interest of Nigerian youths.