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DG NITDA Reaffirms Commitment To Empowering Youths For Sustainable Future

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The director-general, National Information Technology Development Agency, Mallam Kashifu Abdullahi.
The director-general, National Information Technology Development Agency, Mallam Kashifu Abdullahi.

The director-general of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mallam Kashifu Abdullahi, has restated the agency’s dedication to equipping youths with the essential skills necessary to drive positive change and ensure a sustainable future.

Abdullahi conveyed this message during his goodwill speech at the 2023 International Youth Day Celebration, organised by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development in Abuja, in an event themed “Green Skills for Youths: Towards a Sustainable World”.

Represented by the acting national coordinator of the Office for Nigeria Digital Innovation (ONDI), Yakubu Musa, Abdullahi highlighted the pivotal role that youths play in constructing a more peaceful, just and sustainable society for everyone. He praised the youth for their boundless energy, fresh perspectives, and unwavering determination, stating that they hold the keys to shaping an inclusive, equitable and sustainable world.

“In celebrating this special day, I commend the boundless enthusiasm, ideas and leadership that young people bring to the global stage. Through their fervor, innovative outlooks, and unyielding determination, our youth are instrumental in sculpting a world that embraces inclusivity, equity, and sustainability. They are at the forefront in addressing climate change, advocating for equality, and forging a more harmonious and comprehensive society,” he stated.

Abdullahi underscored NITDA’s active engagement in various digital skills programmes and initiatives aimed at empowering the youth, generating employment and fostering a sustainable future for Nigeria. He interpreted this year’s celebration theme as a call to action for young individuals to develop skills necessary for building an environmentally cleaner and greener future. Abdullahi urged them to seize opportunities provided by the government and other stakeholders.

“From renewable energy to sustainable agriculture, a multitude of opportunities await young people in contributing to the fight against climate change. As Nigeria’s most invaluable asset, it is our collective responsibility to equip our youth with the tools, knowledge, and opportunities that will empower them to spearhead positive transformations,” Abdullahi added.

In light of this, the NITDA DG advocated for enhanced collaboration and synergy among stakeholders. He urged them to work collectively, learn from one another and collectively construct a safe, prosperous and sustainable Nigeria.

During the event, the permanent secretary of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Ismaila Abubakar expounded on the purpose of International Youth Day. He emphasised its aim to mobilise youths to play a significant role in the advancement and growth of their immediate surroundings and the nation at large.

Abubakar extended his gratitude to the ministry’s key partners, including SDGs, UNFPA, NYSC, FCTA, NYCN, NANS and others, for their consistent support in equipping youths with the knowledge, skills and resources required to drive economic growth and prosperity for all.

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