The Special Assistant to the President on Youths and Students Affairs, Nasir Adhama, has said that the next three years of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration will be more eventful for the Nigerian youths with upcoming innovative programs and activities.
Mr. Adhama emphasized that the 'Social Protection Programme' launched by President Muhammadu Buhari recently would lift millions of Nigerians out of poverty through provision of employment opportunities, including more than 500,000 teachers and 100,000 artisans.
According to the statement issued by Mr. Adhama’s media aide, Gidado Shuaib, outlined programs aimed to empower Nigerian youths and students by creating opportunities for them to develop their fullest potential and live more productively.
The statement said "I am glad to have witnessed this day [one year since President Buhari’s inauguration] and to be part of the present administration. I am quite aware of your high expectations from this administration and I want to assure you that President Buhari places high premium on the youth as vanguards of change and he is committed to our welfare, interest and future.”
"I want to express gratitude to the Nigerian youth for their patience in the last one year. It would be recalled the President introduced the 'one-meal-per-day programme' and when it commences would aim at combating malnutrition among children and improving learning outcomes as well as enrolment as over 5.5 million children would benefit from the programme."
He added that the government’s cash transfer scheme and enterprise program targeting market women, artisans and agricultural workers would not only alleviate poverty but empower women towards contributing to national development.
Meanwhile, the President's aide urged the youth, especially students, to reciprocate the government's gesture in launching the education grant scheme for undergraduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by remaining committed to their studies and shun all vices capable of distracting the government from its goal of laying solid foundation for economic revival and human capital development.