Mister of Youths and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung, said yesterday that Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari would soon rise above poverty.
Dalung stated this in Jos, the Plateau State capital, during the graduation ceremony of 213 participants of citizenship and leadership training programme for Nigerian youths organised by Citizenship and Leadership Centre, Abuja, in collaboration with the office of the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs.
According to him “President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is doing everything possible to tackle unemployment and poverty. The federal government is youth friendly and is determined to better their future,” he added.
Dalung described as a rare privilege, the opportunity given to beneficiaries of the programme, who were chosen out of the millions of young men and women waiting for jobs, saying they have been trained and armed to face their future.
He advised participants not to fall into the temptation of selling the equipment given to them by the centre, saying they stand the chance of becoming entrepreneurs, as well as employers of labour if they make judicious use of them.
Dalung also promised that his ministry would partner with other relevant government agencies to ensure that such trainings and empowerments become more regular and to bring in more number of participants in line with government’s plan to empower young people.
In his welcome address, Director-General of the centre, Michael Fawole, said though the centre, in collaboration with the MDGs Office has been conducting training for various categories of Nigerians over the years, but the 2015 programme is unique, in that, it was designed, bearing in mind the commitment of President Buhari and his administration to provide meaningful employment to youths through empowerment.
”Like I stated earlier, the primary objective of this programme, like other trainings organised by this centre in the past, is to re-orientate participants on the value system, by instilling in them, the spirit of patriotism, integrity, service, innovation, discipline and excellence, as well as harness their potentials towards national development.’’
Also speaking, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Millennium Development Goals, MDGs, who was represented by Mr. Gbenga Akingbola, commended the Leadership Centre for partnering with the MDGs Office to empower Nigerians, especially youths and women, which he said are part of the objectives of the MDGs to eradicate poverty in Nigeria and across the world.
Some of the participants thanked the minister, the director- general and management of the centre for the privilege to benefit from the training and pledged to put the equipments given to them into meaningful use.


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