National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) joins the rest of the world in celebrating International Youth Day. Transforming Education this year theme emphasizes the significance of prioritizing education across the globe, highlighting the importance of accessible education to the Youth, ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promotes lifelong learning opportunities for all.
In spite of global consciousness of the significance of education as a passport to the future, statistics still show a high rate of out of school in Nigeria, about 10.5 million of the country age 5-14 are out of school, with the high rate of school drop out at the secondary and tertiary level. 2019 budget accommodates less than 8% for education against the advocate of UNESCO 26%, proving the low prioritization of education in Nigeria.
Transforming education in Nigeria is long overdue; therefore we on this day call on the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the educational sector, the state of education in Nigeria is worrisome, ranging from infrastructure to curriculum, security to welfare, accessibility to affordability, and bridging the gap between the industry and our institution. A more need to invest in technical education and Entrepreneurial skills.
Nigeria Youths deserve a quality education, same as adequate security. We on this occasion lament the security status of Nigeria as a whole. The fear of insecurity is on the rise for terrorism is becoming more lucrative, Herdsmen, Kidnapping and Cultism constantly makes the news. We appeal to Mr. President to do more in securing the lives of Nigeria, which happens to the paramount of his mandate, with cognizance of emerging terrorist groups.
Being the apex Youth body in Nigeria we appeal to President Muhammudu Buhari to inculcate more Nigeria Youth into his government, the ministers designate as appointed by the president doesn’t show Youth coloration, this we frown at, Nigeria Youth constitute the larger percentage the vote en mass for the reelection of this government we deserve a place in the top hierarchy.
We further draw the attention of the President to the Ministry of Youth, being the Ministry that handles Youth affairs, it is imperative we request a personality that will help the Youth add value to the project Nigeria, National Youth Council of Nigeria ably piloted by Amb. Sukubo Saraigbe Sukubo has resolved to be a partner in progress, contributing our quota in ensuring Nigerians attain the Next level progressively and positively.
We celebrate Nigeria Youth on the occasion of International Youth day, enjoining the Nigeria Youth to see ensuring peace, unity, and security in the country as our national obligation, we all are leaders in our respective states and must live to be responsible as a citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Olugbode Damola Hammed
National Youth Council of Nigeria