Ministers call for increased youth involvement in SDGs mobilization

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (SSAP-SDGs), Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, and the Minister of Youths and Sports, Sunday Dare have called for enhanced involvement of the youths in SDGs mobilization in Nigeria.

Their call was repeated by the Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Mohammed Fadah, who was elated about the result of youths’ involvement in SDGs and related developmental initiatives in the country.

They all spoke in Abuja at the second edition of the three-day “Training of Trainers (TOT) for SDGs Development Knowledge Facilitators”.

The event was organized by the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs (OSSAP-SDGs) in collaboration with the NYSC.

Fadah, represented by the Director, Special Project and Community Development Services, Abdulrazak Salawu, noted that youths’ involvement in SDGs mobilization has improved since the Office of the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (OSSAP-SGDs and the NYSC opened collaboration in 2017 under the project named: “NYSC-SDGs Champions.”

Orelope-Adefulire expressed delight at the positive impact of her office’s collaboration with the NYSC, which, she said, has resulted in the involvement of more youths in deepening the actualization of SDGs across the country.

She stressed the need to “encourage and engage our NYSC members, “who are from diverse backgrounds, to be at the forefront of implementing the SDGs in Nigeria.

“We will continue to play our central role in the integration of the SDGs into the Sectoral Policies and Plans of the Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs),” Orelope-Adefulire said.

Dolapo Enejo of the United Nations Global Compact Network (UNGCN) in Nigeria, noted that the “active engagement of youth in sustainable development efforts is central to achieving sustainable, inclusive and stable societies by the target date.”



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here