Governors Buni, Makinde, Abdulrazak Bag 2019 Pan African Youth Award

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Governors Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State, Seyi Makinde of Oyo State and Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State will be honoured with Pan African Youth award in this year’s Africa Youth Day celebration.

The governors will be honored as Pan-African Youth Role Models for their roles in national, continental and global development of youths. They were selected for giving youths a chance to serve in their cabinets, following the global trend of youth political participation in politics. The award ceremony will take place on the 22nd of November 2019.

Commissioner for Youth Political Participation in Africa, Pan-African Youth Union (PYU), Ambassador Oladele John Nihi, made this known in a press statement issued on Friday.

While felicitating with youths across Africa on the celebration of the Africa Youth Day, the Commissioner urged them to uphold the dignity of their motherland and honor the struggles of their heroes past.

He stated that the right foundations have been laid by the past heroes, positioning Africa on the right path in economic, human capital, and all-round development. We are therefore left with the responsibility as youths to uphold and dredge the path for Africa’s growth and development.

“The theme for this year’s celebration; ‘1 Million by 2021: Count Me In!’ is not only appropriate but also timely by acknowledging that young people are at the very heart of Africa’s development agenda. 

“The 2019 Africa Youth Month (AYM) theme is a clarion call to all youth development stakeholders – governments, international organizations, development partners, private sector, civil society, and all African youths on the continent and in the diaspora to up their game.

“The 1million campaign objective is to create direct opportunities for One million young Africans in the areas of Education, Employment, Entrepreneurship and Engagement (4Es) by 2021.

“I am urging young Africans between the ages of 18 and 35, to key into the 1million by 2021 campaign, and look out for opportunities to get stabilized in the areas of the 4Es. As the Africa Union will be committed through the course of the month, fixing and positioning ready youths across the continent. I wish you all a memorable Youth Day Celebration, and please ensure you get actively involved” Amb. Oladele John Nihi admonished.

This year’s Africa Youth Day Celebration will feature the first youth economic and political empowerment summit.

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