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Rep. Martins Esin Inaugurate Committee on Youth Development, To Demand Youth-Responsive 2024 Budget



John Ntekim – ABUJA

Chairman of the House Committee on Youth Development, Rep. Martins Esin made the commitment, Tuesday, while delivering his remarks at the inaugural meeting of the Committee.
According to him, in line with the legislative agenda of the 10th House of Representatives, members of the committee will work to support the establishment of empowerment programmes, vocational training centres, and skill development initiatives to equip young Nigerians with relevant skills for the job market.
“As we make ready for the consideration of the 2024 Appropriation Bill, we should constantly be reminded of our duty to passionately advocate for youth-responsive budgeting by pushing for increase in the budget allocation for youth development and education.

”The youth are the engine of the economy, drivers of innovation, and a source of hope for the future, but the Nigerian youth have not been receiving the level of attention they deserve from successive governments, which has resulted in high levels of unemployment, poverty, and social unrest that are prevalent in the country.
“Our committee will focus on improved technological skills and access to resources, while encouraging the Executive to initiate public work programmes that will target incentives for young people,” the Chairman said.

Esin who represents Oron/Mbo/Okobo/Udung Uko/Urueoffong Oruko Federal Constituency of Akwa Ibom State further maintained that aside from ensuring through oversight activities that resources allocated for youth development are put to efficient use, the committee “will work tirelessly to propose programmes and policies that will provide young Nigerians with access to quality education, skills development, and job opportunities while offering the necessary support to enhance their entrepreneurial spirit.”