ABUJA (State House Press Report) – President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) has in his speech delivered at the 2015 International Youth Day held on Wednesday August 12, 2015 in Abuja commended Nigerian youths for the significant role they have played in making the 2015 elections a model for democratic governance in Africa.
President Muhammadu Buhari also expressed concern for the fact that economic growth in Nigeria has not translated into commensurate and improved social outcomes, especially for the 60 million young people who make up the majority of the population.
He further noted that although educational attainment by Nigerian youths has increased significantly in the last decade, the relevance of curricula, quality of education and skills required to meet the demands of the job market still remains a challenge for the country.
The President assured Nigerian youths that his administration is poised to provide an enabling environment for the private sector to thrive, so as to ensure greater opportunities for jobs to be created for young people. He added that his government is determined to provide adequate infrastructure to boost the ability of job creation institutions to increase opportunities for young people.
“Apart from paying special attention to the growth of small and medium – scale enterprises, the administration will explore the option of boosting intervention funds to encourage domestic industrialization and manufacturing,” the President said.
He reaffirmed the commitment of the APC administration to fulfilling its campaign promises to Nigerian youths, saying change for the present government is not a mere political slogan, but the beginning of a new era desired by the majority of Nigerians.
Federal Republic of Nigeria Press Release
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