As Nigerians celebrate the 60 years anniversary of their country’s independence, government at all levels have been urged to invest more in the youth and create enabling environment for them to strive.
Some youths in Ibadan who made the appeal while speaking with Radio Nigeria on the need for concerted efforts at repositioning the country for a better future, believed that Nigerian youths have the capacity to bring Nigeria into limelight if given the opportunity.
A community youth leader, Mr Kolawola Ashiru advised the federal government to empower more youth through training, disbursement of soft loans and value re-orientation.
Mr Ashiru also appealed to the younger generation to re-channel the energy they put into cybercrimes and other unprofitable ventures to maintaining safe environment, agriculture and socio-economic of the country.
Also speaking, a youth advocate, Engineer Ojo Jimoh charged Nigerian youths to live up to expectations in any leadership assignment and responsibilities given to them.
Engineer Jimoh who cited the example of General Yakubu Gowon who became the Nigeria’s Head of State at age 24 and contributed his quota to the growth of the country, called on youths to work on themselves for people to be proud of them.
He frowned at the level of unemployment especially among the youth, which he said was responsible for the high level of crime in the country, urging government to create more jobs for Nigerians.
Speaking on the importance of medical awareness to human health, a young pharmacist, Mr Olayinka Omoyeni who advocated a health insurance scheme for the youths, tasked youths to take priority in their health and shun moral vices.