The Nasarawa State Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has congratulated youth of the State as they join their counterparts around the world to commemorate the International Youth Day which is being celebrated across the globe today Friday, 12th August, 2022.
The annual event which is set aside by the United Nations focuses on the difficulties that young people experience throughout the globe and how to draw awareness to the challenges in order to seek solutions to them.
The day also highlights the importance of youth and various cultural and legal issues related with them.
Nasarawa State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, and State Chairman, NYSC Governing Board, Amb. Lucky Isaac Yargwa, reflected on the theme for this year’s celebration which centres on “INTERGENERATIONAL SOLIDARITY: CREATING A WORLD FOR ALL AGES”.
Yargwa said the day offers the opportunity for Government at all levels, Civil Society Organizations, Religious and Traditional Institutions and other Human Rights Organizations to amplify the message that action, indeed, is needed across all generations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, and leave no one behind.
He noted that the Ministry and Nasarawa State Government will continue to raise awareness on barriers to youth growth and development, with special focus on the theme for this year’s celebration and ageism, which seems to impact young and old persons, while having negative impacts on the society as a whole.
He added that the Governor Abdullahi Sule-led administration would continue to initiate programmes and policies that would enable youth of the State reach their goals.
Mr Yargwa described youth of Nasarawa State as disciplined, energetic, innovative, hopeful, fearless, smart, competitive, determined, making the impossible possible, despite obvious hindrances.
He emphasized that the energy and talent of youth of the State is unmatched, hoping that with their efforts and numerical advantage, they could lead the State to new heights, imploring them to take advantage of the multi-cultural and religious settings of the State to be tolerant with one another, and be one another’s keeper.
The Commissioner urged the celebrants to see the day as a reminder that they are competent, strong, and motivated to do things they want, encouraging them never to surrender to situations, warning them to stay off any form of violence or acts capable of jeopardizing their future and the society.
He however pleaded with the youth to take advantage of the numerous youth-related opportunities the current administration provides and to continue to rally round the Sule administration to enable it achieve its mantra of “Exceeding All Expectations.”