Nigeria will host the Commonwealth Youth Secretariat, the Commonwealth Youth Ministerial Task Force announced on Thursday.
Sarah Mateke made the announcement during the Task Force Meeting, one of the series of events marking the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings (CHOGMs) 2022 in Kigali.
Earlier, Nigeria’s Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, indicated Nigeria’s interest in hosting the secretariat in response to a member’s inquiry on the need for an administrative infrastructure for young people. .
Everton Rattary, Vice President of Partnerships and Resources of the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC), called on member countries to host the council secretariat, adding that it would help run the CYC’s projects.
“The mandate of the organization is carried out by its administration.
“The execution of our projects will only be possible if we have the infrastructure in place and this will be the starting point for people to help us restore it.
“So literally if we don’t have a secretariat, it’s almost like we’re making plans, with no intention of execution,” Rattary said.
On his part, Mr. Dare said that the CYC would easily connect with youth programs in the country, should its secretariat be established in Nigeria.
“With around 1.5 billion young people in the Commonwealth, it is important that they have an administrative office where they can coordinate.
“Looking at the size of the youth population in Nigeria, which is around 150 million and also the youth programs, like N-Power, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), etc., I think the Nigeria will be a good place to host CYC.
“The Council can connect to the programs we have in Nigeria, other countries can learn from them and also bring models from other countries.
“Nigeria has always been a hub for youth development, given the size of our youth, our innovative minds and more, it would be great to have the CYC secretariat in Nigeria,” added Mr. Dare.
For her part, Ms. Mateke, who is also Uganda’s Minister of State for Youth and Children, said terms of reference would soon be defined to guide the secretariat.
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