Commonwealth Lauds Nigeria’s Commitment to Youth Development Ahead of Africa Summit


Ahead of the Commonwealth Youth and Students Summit for the African region slated to hold in Abuja from 7th to 11th May 2023, the Head of Social Policy of Commonwealth Secretariat Mr Layne Robinson, has commended the Nigerian Government for its continued commitment to youth development.

Mr Robinson who made the commendation during the pre-summit meeting held at the Nigerian Embassy in the United Kingdom on the sidelines on the Commonwealth Youth Network Leaders Summit, thanked Nigeria for offering to host the Commonwealth Youth Secretariat in Abuja as well as Commonwealth Youth and Students Summit for the African Region.

The pre-summit meeting which had in attendance members of the Summit taskforce and Youth network leaders from 54 Commonwealth countries aims to bring together Youth and students to amplify their voices and contribute meaningfully to Youth Development in the areas of entrepreneurship, education and digital divide.

The Honourable Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Mr Sunday Dare said, Nigeria is ready to host the young people of the Commonwealth and, “Although the event is being hosted by the Nigerian Government, the ownership of the events belongs to the youth.”

He explained that “the thematic areas chosen by the youth task force are apt for this post covid era that has cast a shadow on decent jobs and wealth creation for young peope as we know it.”

The Minister, who was represented by his Special Assistant on Youth and ICT, Kemi Ann Areola, reassured the youth of Nigeria’s commitment to youth development in Africa and informed that Abuja looks forward to hosting them.

Mr Benjamin Fraser, Chairperson of the Commonwealth Students Association said, the Summit will provide a great opportunity for the youth and students in Africa to network and partner with youth and students organisations.

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