By Ben Ogbemudia
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has restated the commitment of the Ministry under his leadership to scale up programmes that will accelerate job creation and skill acquisition for Nigerian Youth in 2022.
The Minister stated this during the Ministry’s budget defence session before the House Committee on Youth development at the House of Representatives on Monday.
Dare reeled out some of the achievements of the Ministry in 2021 to include 6,054 Youth benefitting from the National Youth Investment Fund (NYIF) while another 25,000 have been shortlisted for training, after which they will be approved for funds disbursement. He stated that modalities have been put in place to substantially scale up the scheme in the 2022 fiscal year.
He also highlighted the Economic Sustainability stimulus plan which was crafted in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic in which 4, 430 youth entrepreneurs including solar technicians, agric technicians, software professionals, IOT professionals, animation professionals amongst others were trained, across the 36 States and six geo-political zones. He said the training is different from others because beneficiaries got the requisite tools to start-up as entrepreneurs.
On Digital skills, the Minister revealed that a programme christened DEEL – Digital Skills Acquisition, Employability, Entrepreneurship and Leadership scheme, established in 2019 with a target of training 500,000 youth in four years has reached the over 198,000 mark so far in 2021, restating the resolve of the Ministry to increase access to the programme in 2022.
The House Committee Chairman on Youth Development, Hon. Yemi Adaramodu commended the Minister and his team for the efforts to develop and empower the Youth, stating that more must be done in 2022 to ensure greater impact. The Deputy Chairman, Hon. Ari Muhammed Abdulmumin while commending the Minister noted that he has earned himself the sobriquet, “Man of the Youth” on account of his giant strides within a short time.