the European Union (EU) hosted an event on Monday to promote his Youth Sounding Board in Nigeria, creation of 25 members who will influence EU development cooperation in the country.
Board members were selected on the basis of merit and in recognition of Nigeria’s diversity, officials said.
The Youth Sounding Board is a space for young people to influence the EU’s external action through their international partnerships. The Advisory Board will help make EU action more participatory, relevant and effective for young people in Nigeria in all political priorities.
The head of EU cooperation in Nigeria, Cecile Tassin-Pelzer, said in her introductory words that the EU wants to include young people. That is why “we have selected representatives of the young people and we would like them to help shape our new programs and make decisions.”
We want young people to help us make our projects and programs more adaptable in their minds, she said.
Ms Tassin-Pelzer said she believed that young people need to be involved in the design and implementation of the EU’s external action. She added that the EU and the Nigerian government have agreed to help create employment opportunities for young people and also to encourage them to participate in the democratic process.
Against this background, Nigeria’s Minister for Youth and Sport Development Sunday Dare recognized the EU as “a supporting partner in youth development; both in terms of authorization and in terms of investments. “
Mr Dare said the federal government has made it very clear that it needs to work with various stakeholders to achieve youth development. So the youth soundboard is a welcome idea, he said, adding that ongoing engagement of young people is the only way to tackle the burning issue of inclusion in development.
“I have faith in the average Nigerian youth and I am sure that the people chosen will be good ambassadors for the nation and its communities,” added Mr. Dare.
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