With the increasing uptake of technology as an enabler by a huge number of the younger generation, the innovative minds and skills of the youth will serve as the fuel for development.
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare who made this known on Thursday while marking this year’s International Youth Day, noted that the celebration offers the world an opportunity to again implement timely policies that will harness the innovative talents of the youth for development.
The international Youth Day saw the majority of youth and National Youth Service Corps members in attendance with several entertaining displays by the cultural groups, dance, drama, and hosts of other activities to the admiration of the youths in attendance.
The Minister in his speech said, “The theme for this year’s celebration: Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health”, seeks to highlight the urgency of transforming food systems, particularly in the wake of a global pandemic. The theme also identifies youth engagement as a key factor to the transformation of food systems. This is in realization of the fact that success of such a global effort may not be achieved without the meaningful involvement and participation of young people.”
He further noted that, “Our world is increasingly technology driven by a youthful generation of brilliant and innovative minds who are daring and ready to discover new frontiers through innovation. From fintech, to E-medicine, e-agriculture, solar energy systems, digital arts, digital marketing, robotics and artificial intelligence, the youth hold sway.
“In line with the theme for this year’s celebration, we at the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports are of the belief that when the youth are properly educated and engaged, with their innovation and entrepreneurial solutions, they will continue to play a very significant role in the actualization of the 2030 Agenda which include poverty reduction; social inclusion; health care; biodiversity conservation; and climate change mitigation.
“The Ministry, therefore, uses the opportunity of this celebration to echo the voices of the youth and also assure them that the Government is committed to working towards more equitable food systems with their full involvement and participation.”
He further emphasized that the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration, through the Ministry, MDAs and other partners will step up awareness creation to enable the youth make informed decisions on food choices in line with the increasing global education on the healthiest and most sustainable options for both individuals and the environment.
“Government will create the enabling environment and inclusive support mechanisms to ensure that the youth continue to amplify efforts collectively and individually to restore the planet and protect life, while integrating biodiversity in the transformation of food systems in line with the objectives of this year’s celebration”, he said.