Mr Sunday Dare, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, has affirmed that the ministry will join hands with stakeholders for effective Nigerian youths development.
The Minister while speaking at the launch of the 2019 Future Awards Africa in Abuja stated that the youth ministry will work on creating institutionalisation of the Nigerian National Youth and Sports Award.
Mr Dare noted that this award will be effective in 2020, and will motivate Nigerian youths and encourage them to embrace hard work, healthy work ethics and community development.
“Recently, the National Council on Youth Development adopted and approved the observance of a National Youth Day for Nigerian youths to commemorate and celebrate their achievements and contributions to the nation’s development.”
“During the 2019 International Youth Day celebration, I made a commitment to get the necessary Federal Executive Council approvals as well as the legislation to actualise this.”
“Further to this, we will push for the establishment and institutionalisation of the Nigerian national youth and sports award, which we hope will commence in 2020.”
“The award seeks to recognise and honour youths who have made astounding contributions in the areas of youths and sports development”.
He said the idea was to help project national icons that would inspire their peers and also motivate and breed patriotism among them.
The minister stated that the presentation of the award can help motivate people to excel in different sectors they are in.
“Reward and recognition are some of the primary needs of man and it is the key to human or personal fulfilment.”
“When persons are recognised and rewarded for their accomplishments, they feel a sense of fulfilment, which remains with them and continues to inspire them to achieve more.”
“It also impacts on those around them, who are inspired to strive towards success and excellence.”
“This is hugely important because today, Nigeria, like many nations, is grappling with issues such as insecurity, corruption, disorientation”.
“These are traceable to breakdown or total loss of societal values as well as a lack of a coordinated and structured reward system,” Dare said.