Group Hails Nigeria’s enlisting in YouthConnect Africa Hub Initiative 

The convener ,Africa Youth Leadership & Entrepreneurship (AYLEC),Mr. Olowolayemo Lawrence Riches has described the  recent enlistment of Nigeria into the  YouthConnekt Africa Hub as a good omen .

The YouthConnekt Africa Hub is a secretariat established by member states hosted by the Government of Rwanda and supported by the UNDP.
Nigeria’s signing-up process began at Inspiration Care and Development Center’s Annual Pan African Youth Leadership and Entrepreneurship Conference (AYLEC) in Rwanda.

Essentially, the Hub will be supporting already existing African youth empowerment initiatives to propel and scale their efforts further.

Olowolayemo also  congratulated the  Nigerian government, particularly, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, and the delegates that facilitated the process,.
While appreciating the  Buhari’s administration for attaining the rare feat, the  development and social crusader  expressed optimism that program would further enhance the realisation of youths friendly developmental agenda.
The YouthConnekt Africa is an initiative that was endorsed by the African Union’s Executive Council in 2018 to accelerate the implementation of the African Union’s Charter. The YouthConnekt initiative has been adopted by 30 countries to date and Nigeria officially became the 31st member state to join. 

YouthConnekt is a platform designed to connect African youth for socio-economic transformation. Nigeria became the 31st member state to join the YouthConnekt Africa Hub.

Africa has the youngest population in the world with more than 400 million young people aged between the ages of 15 to 35 years. Such a youthful population calls for an increase in investment in economic and social development factors, to improve the development index of African nations.The purpose of the YouthConnekt Africa (YCA) Hub is to provide a holistic solution to alleviate the challenges faced by African youth by widening the pool of economic, social, and civic leadership opportunities through National YouthConnekt initiatives.

Recall that In 2021 ,Lawrence Riches led some of the youth delegates to pay a courtesy visit to the Honorable Minister of Youth and Culture Republic of Rwanda, Hon. Mrs. Rosemary Mbabazi, and the team were received by the Executive Director of YouthConnekt Hub Mrs. Oulie Keita on behalf of the Honorable Minister.

Part of the commitments of the team was to work with all relevant stakeholders to bring Nigeria on board. Mrs. Oulie Kieta appreciated the efforts put together by these Nigerians and the willingness of the Ministry of Youth and Sports and UNDP Nigeria for providing the technical and financial support to drive this program.

Earlier in May 2022, Inspiration Care and Development Center (ICDC) hosted 100 young African social change leaders across 30 African countries at the second Edition of the African Youth Leadership and Entrepreneurship Conference (AYLEC) in partnership with Rwanda Ministry of Youth and Culture, YouthConneckt Hub Africa Rwanda, Center for Entrepreneurship and Evaluation Development Ghana and other local partners.

This second edition was held under the Theme “Exploring Africa’s Possibilities and Opportunities Beyond Borders” this theme become important looking at the current trends happening within the African continents and the need to invest and create more opportunities for young people to achieve the Africa Dream come the year 2063.

In lead up to the conference, consultations with relevant stakeholders and feedback from the last edition of AYLEC revealed the following six sub-themes as important areas of policy-making. These themes were used as breakout groups for presentation and panel discussion during the conference:

Education and Skills Development,Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship
Governance, Peace and Security,Youth involvement in the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA),Agriculture, Climate Change and the Environment and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The three-day instructor-led conference introduced participants to new perspectives and practices to exercise leadership for social change and economic development in Africa. Also, the sessions were tailored towards equipping participants with skills for the future of work and connecting them with values from other African countries which will serve as a support system for future engagement.

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