The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, has expressed the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari for giving fresh strength to his commitment to providing opportunities for the Nigerian Youth. He described the President’s call for investment in projects that will directly benefit young people as visionary and timely.
The Minister made this known at an event to hand over the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos, to the Central Bank Nigerian (CBN) and the Bankers Committee for its redevelopment into the Lagos Creative and Entertainment Centre.
Sunday Dare stated that the event was a giant step towards strengthening the Government’s commitment to creating opportunities for teeming youth.
He said “Today’s event is another giant step towards strengthening President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to creating opportunities for our teeming youth. The project fits perfectly into the challenge to collaborate with willing partners to keep the Nigerian Youth busy. The potentials of this four-component” New National Theatre” is massive in job creation for our Youth, talent discovery and development, revenue generation, and as an innovation and technology hub. ”
“With the pandemic still biting hard at our nation and the world at large, this project is a much needed shot in the arm to vaccinate our Youth against the multi-headed challenges of unemployment, criminality and the negative impressions forced on them by the very few unscrupulous individuals, who have chosen a life of crime on the international scale.”
The Minister commended the Bankers Committee for their will to invest in the Youth, saying it was worth the risk.
“It is now commonplace to hear music produced by our Youth in shopping malls of Dubai, New York, London, and Moscow amongst other great cities of the world. Nigerian artistes like WizKid and Davido are making waves at the global level.”
The Minister noted that “Despite the crowded global market, Nigerian Youth have excelled with their music permeating every corner of the globe. They are etching the Nigerian brand in the consciousness of their generational peers, as a country that can produce the very best. For each of the examples given, there are millions amongst our Youth with talents, innovative ideas, and skills, who are unable to access much-needed technology and credit.”