By G9ija

The Helpline Foundation for the Needy, an NGO, has called on the government and other stakeholders to evolve ways of engaging youths in productive ventures.

The President of the NGO, Dr Jumai Ahmadu, made the call in Abuja at a news conference to commemorate the 2021 International Youth Day.

She said that engaging the youths in productive ventures would enhance their capacities to earn meaningful income.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the International Youth Day is annually celebrated on Aug. 12.

The theme for the 2021 edition of the day is: “Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health”.

Ahmadu urged governments at all levels to implement youth empowerment programmes to make the youths to become self-reliant.

According to her, there are several untapped resources in the agriculture sector which the youth can harness for their well-being and that of the society.

“Stakeholders should equip the youth to harness the benefits in agriculture; this is a sure way to address poverty and unemployment.

“It is also important for the youths to development interest in agriculture as a means of building economic base and improving their socio-economic status,” she said.

The president said that the foundation was already taking steps toward facilitating a virtual conference to mark the International Youth Day.

She said that the conference would be used to highlight challenges against youth involvement in agriculture.

“We are interested in this because the agriculture sub-sector requires the active participation of youths to make the desired impact.

“Youths constitute quite a large proportion of our population; they need to support the move for massive food production.

“The international youth day is very significant, let us use it to ensure that our youths are making informed decisions about their future,” she said.

Ahmadu further urged stakeholders to make effective use of the day to evolve ways of supporting the youth.

“The day really needs to represent something bigger, it should not be a celebration to keep memories; let’s use it to acknowledge current realities.

“Let us use the day to seek solutions to the challenges faced by the youth around us,” she said.