The Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has assured that his administration will work for the youths.
Tinubu, in his 16-point agenda contained in his manifesto for his presidential ambition, stated that his administration will prioritise youths development in cognizant of how important they are in national development.
The APC presidential candidate released his manifesto/policy document themed ‘Action Plan for a Better Nigeria’ on Friday.
In the manifesto, he said that the youths are capable of using their energy to develop Nigeria, adding that he will partner with them to realize this.
The former governor of Lagos state said he will provide the youths a platform to fulfil their greatest aspirations.
“There are approximately 130 million Nigerians between the ages of 15-35. This is a vast army of able, energetic and willing people capable of putting this nation on the path to its finest destiny.
“From our first day in office, our administration will partner with them to make this happen.Youth will not be exploited to do the bidding of government. Instead, our administration will work with and for the youth, providing them with a platform that they may fulfil their greatest aspirations.
“We shall do this by embarking on a coherent, structured policy of social economic and political empowerment of young people.”
He vowed he will work to halve youth unemployment rate within four years of his administration.
He said, “Properly enabled and encouraged, young people are the engine of growth and prosperity. But our vast array of young talent is not monolithic. Some may seek to become entrepreneurs. Others are adept at farming or commerce. Some seek to be professionals such as doctors and lawyers. Others are destined to be teachers, giving guidance and education to those following them. Some will volunteer to protect the nation and its people by enlisting in the military and law enforcement. Many will see their future in public service. Among them are future presidents.
“Our youth under-employment and unemployment rates are too high. The unemployment rate of 33 per cent causes frustration for too many young people and their loved ones.
“Our administration shall aim to cut the youth unemployment rate in half within four years. In addition to measures stated in the sections on the general economy and the digital economy, what follows are other important steps that will give youth a fair chance to live in, and contribute to, a better, more just and prosperous Nigeria.”