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International Youth Day: Obasa seeks prioritisation of youths’ welfare by govt.



Mr Mudashiru Obasa, Chairman, Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria, says it has become imperative for the federal and state governments to prioritise youths’ welfare.

Obasa, who is also the Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly ( LAHA) , said this in the message  he issued on Monday to mark the 2019 International Youth Day.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the theme of the Day for this year is:  “Transforming Education”.

The chairman urged speakers of  the various state Houses of Assembly in the federation to support educational and empowerment programmes for the youth.

Obasa said: “The place of the Nigerian youth in the growth and development of the country cannot be overlooked. Education remains the best legacy to bequeath to children who are ultimately seen as future leaders.

President Muhammadu Buhari recently promised to prioritise education in the country and I want to share same hope.

“A sizeable number of our youths should not only be educated but find themselves in meaningful ventures away from seeking white collar jobs which are, in most cases, unavailable.

“I want to urge state Houses of Assembly in the country to support the need for massive education and empowerment of the youth in their respective domains by coming up with laws that will  advance their welfare,” Obasa said.

He urged the Federal and state governments to fashion out better ways of ensuring the Nigerian youth were the major beneficiaries of the country’s democracy.

The speaker lamented the report putting the number of out-of-school children in the country at over 10 million, attributing the current state of education in the country to lack of proper investments in the sector over the years.

“Where possible, governments can engage in inter-state partnership or collaboration for the greater interests of the Nigerian youth,” he added.

Obasa assured  the youth of the state that LAHA  would continue to work with the executive arm of government to boost education and youth development.

NAN reports that the speaker had, in the eighth Lagos Assembly, sponsored a bill to make the teaching of Yoruba language compulsory in schools.

The bill, which had since been passed into law and is effectively being implemented, is meant to preserve the Yoruba language, especially among school children.

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