My Government Belongs To Youths – Says Buhari


President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said the roles that Nigerian youths played in the 2015 presidential election that brought him to office would never be forgiven.

He said for this reason, his government belongs to the youth.

Buhari said this in his message to the youth on the occasion of the 2016 International Youth Day.

He said his administration was committed to improving the quality of lives of youths.

He said the government would also continue to create opportunities for them to achieve their dreams and ambitions.

The President then enumerated the various programmes and policies so far put in place by his administration for the youth.

He said:-

“Today is International Youth Day. I am delighted to commemorate this occasion, the second of such celebration since I took office.

“The roles that young Nigerians played in the historic election that brought our government to power will never be forgotten. This government belongs to you.

“I would like to use this opportunity to assure you of our commitment to improving the quality of your lives and to creating opportunities for you to achieve your dreams and ambitions.

“We are mindful of the fact that Nigeria has one of the youngest populations in the world. Those young people are immensely energetic and talented, consistently blazing the trail in the arts, sports, business and technology. We are proud of what you have done and what you are able to do.

“We have launched a number of initiatives targeted at expanding the economic opportunities available to young Nigerians.

“N-Power, our job creation scheme, for which applications are ongoing, will employ 500,000 of you in agriculture, education, healthcare and technology.

“The Aso Villa Demo Day will soon bring 30 of the most innovative young Nigerians to the State House to showcase their talent in providing technology-based solutions to some of our most challenging problems.

“The Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP), part of our N500bn Social Investment Programme, will provide soft loans to thousands of young entrepreneurs across the country. These are just some of the many initiatives we have designed and are implementing for you.

“You are the strength and future of our country. Please be assured that this administration will create an enabling environment for you to realise your potentials.”

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