Press Statement on 2018 INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY by Malam Hassan Muhammadu (Baraden Bojude), Governatorial Aspirant For Gombe State Under the Banner of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Issued this day, 12th August, 2018, at Gombe, Gombe State.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am delighted to join 1.2 billion youth all over the world in commemorating the 2018 International Youth Day.
This day provides an opportunity to celebrate the enthusiasm, the creativity, and the dynamism of youth worldwide. Young people are an untapped reservoir of talent and it is essential to give them the right tools and environment to express their opinions, showcase their skills, and unlock their potentials.
In keeping with the theme for this year’s International Youth Day tagged: “SAFE SPACE FOR YOUTH”, as a Gubernatorial aspirant for Gombe State, I wish to indicate my unflinching support for the need for youth to be given and enjoy conducive environment that enables them incubate and formulate visions, pursue dreams, innovate, and build great nations. Our desire is for our youth to build societies that are in synch with globally changing paradigms and that align with appropriate technologies that preserve our environment and guarantee inclusive economic growth and national development for our time and for generations yet unborn.
Let me, at this juncture, congratulate our young girls from Ragina Pacies Secondary School, Onitsha, Anambara State, who demonstrated the capacity and competence of Nigerian youth by developing a software that beat over 2,000 competing applications until they emerged victorious at this year’s Technovation program in San Francisco, USA by winning the Gold Medal. This is evidence enough that Nigerian youth can hold their own, if given the opportunity and the right environment to operate.
In Gombe State, we are also lucky to have youth with sound minds and great potentials that if tapped will transform the State into a robust economic hub, considering its strategic location in the heart of Northeastern Nigeria with its adjoining five states in the region with great economic prospects.
I therefore agree with the Secretary – General of the United Nations who said, when highlighting his message for the 2018 International Youth Day, that “the hopes of the world rest on young people” and that “peace, economic dynamism, social justice, tolerance – all these and more, today and tomorrow, depends on tapping into the power of youth”.
This proves enough justification that the world’s young people need safe public, civic, physical and digital spaces where they can freely express their views and pursue their dreams. Accordingly, Governments must significantly invest in those infrastructure to enable young people have access to education, training and decent jobs to achieve their full potentials.
It is my considered opinion therefore that when we give youth voice in politics and in public life, if we properly orient their school-to-work transition, if we strengthen their skills, and facilitate their access to decent jobs, we will be setting them to make their contributions to building stronger and more inclusive communities. Accordingly, empowering young people and ensuring their participation at all levels will help them shape a better and more equitable and prosperous future for us all.
For our youth to succeed however, they must work hard to guarantee their capacity and competence for salvaging the future and carrying the mantle of leadership by shunning all vices, studying hard, keeping off drugs, and rejecting political thuggery.
On this Day, I challenge our youth to start asking the right questions, think positively, and work harder in order to succeed. I also call on all stakeholders to forge new partnerships by joining efforts to eliminate all the barriers to success that young people face, to make them less vulnerable to all sorts of exclusion until we all are able to see the world through their eyes.
I want to end my Statement by agreeing with the youth in their mantra when that say: “BUILD THE YOUTH, BUILD THE NATION. DESTROY THE YOUTH DESTROY THE NATION”
Thank you, God bless our youth, God bless Gombe State, and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Hassan Muhammadu (Baraden Bojude) Gubernatorial Aspirant, Gombe State, People’s Democratic Party