By Albert Akota
The Federal Government has reiterated its determination to ensure that youth living with disabilities in the country are given equal opportunities and adequate attention to become productive and contributing members of the society.
Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Hon. Sunday Akin Dare, made this known to government officials, participants and press men during the opening ceremony of a three-day workshop on Mentoring and Life Enhancement Programme for Youth Living with Disabilities organised by the ministry recently in Abuja.
Hon. Dare in his eulogized speech reaffirmed that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and indeed the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development recognises the importance of ensuring that all Nigerian youth irrespective of their physical status have equal opportunities and also enjoy all rights and privileges of citizenship in line with the adoption of Sustainable Development Goals and the ‘’Leave no one behind’’ agenda.
The Minister added that participants at this workshop will have the opportunity to be fully involved in the flagship programme and activities of the Ministry such as the ‘DEEL’ initiative, which means D-Digital Skills Acquisition, E-Entrepreneurship, E=Employability, L-Leadership and NOYA-Nigerian Online Youth Assembly, a website created as online platform by the Ministry for the Nigerian Youth both locally and internationally to have access to relevant links and information on employment and business opportunities in Nigeria and around the world.
Declaring the workshop open, Her Excellency, the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr (Mrs) Aisha Buhari, noted that young people with disabilities are among the poorest and most marginalised persons around the world today,
she therefore urged all Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) with youth component in their budget appropriation to ensure that no youth is left behind, because everyone counts.
Speaking on behalf of the Wife of the President, the Honourable Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Pauline Tallen, commended the Ministry for organising the workshop.