Youth Empowerment Catalyst for National Devt, Says Malami

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Alex Enumah in Abuja

The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has said Nigerian youths are precious assets which the country is proud of.

He said it was on this note that the federal government is committed to youth empowerment through various schemes and initiative.

Malami in a statement issued by his media aide, Dr. Umar Gwandu, yesterday said the federal government has introduced youth oriented empowerment initiatives in order to amply utilise the talents and skills they are endowed with.

The AGF, according to the statement, cited examples of N-Power programmes; employment opportunities to 774,000 Nigerian youths; community policing; special loan for small and medium enterprises packages aimed at boosting the capacity and harnessing the potential of the young people.

The statement disclosed that the minister made the remarks last Saturday in Birnin-Kebbi as part of outreach engagement to community leaders and youths in his home state of Kebbi when he witnessed the kickoff of a novelty football match between Azbir Arena of Kebbi State and Scorpion Arena of Katsina State.

The minister commended the organisers of the football match, which he said would go a long way in fostering unity among Nigerians and encouraged them to always engaged themselves in meaningful activities for national development.

He, however, urged the youths to continue to be law-abiding and of good conduct expected of responsible citizens in the pursuit of their ambitions, adding that they should not allow themselves to be distracted by miscreants when ventilating grievances to the constituted authorities.