The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Kaduna State chapter, has lauded the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) for supporting youth development initiatives in Kaduna State.
The Chairman of the council, Mr Bagudu Nathaniel, gave the commendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna on Sunday.
Nathaniel particularly commended UNFPA for supporting the development of the state’s Youth and Policy and Implementation Plan.
He described the efforts as “crucial” in addressing the myriad of challenges affecting youth development and how to harness their potential for the development of the state.
Nathaniel said the policy, if well implemented, will ease the stress of young people, particularly on issues around education, peace building and youth empowerment in urban and rural communities.
He added that UNFPA interventions in Kaduna State helped to bring youths to the discussion table on issues that affect them.
“This action is addressing the exclusion of youths in decision-making and the governance process because most of the youths’ programmes and plans were being developed and implemented without inputs from the youths.
“This has been creating a gap between young people and the government, but we are glad that UNFPA interventions are helping to address this problem.”
Nathaniel also emphasized the need to carry young people in rural areas along in the life-changing interventions being supported by the UNFPA in the state.
This is because the selection criteria for some of the youth-focused interventions put those in rural areas at disadvantage, particularly bothering on access to internet and other communication technology facilities.