International Youth Day began with a radio program at the 101.5 Unity FM studio Rayfield Jos. NAYD and her partners were at the studio to discuss the IYD and imperatives of Action2015 SDGs. It featured discussions and phone-in session to answer the public’s questions about International Youth Day.

 

There was a Rally from Hillstation through the streets of Jos and environs, the rally featured procession and stunts and was facilitated by the Afizere cultural dance group and the National Youth Service Corps Marshal Band, the boys brigade and the boys scout.

UN Volunteer and CEO Fresh & Young Brains Development Initiative (FBIN) Barr. Nkiru Nnaemgo presented a paper entitled “Youth Power in Nation building and sustainable Development”, She further charged the youth to use this moment of action to show their strength in bringing about elimination of poverty, inequality and climate change. This set the ball rolling for panel discussion on the essence of #Youthpower in nation building and sustainable Development in line with the new SDGs. Eminent scholars (Professor Istifanus Dafwang – The Resident Electoral Commissioner Benue state and Dr. Chidiebere Maduka of the National Open University of Nigeria, Mr. M.D Vincent of the National Orientation Agency and Mr. Nnadi Kevin Executive Director ICAD) did justice to the topic.

 

Key note address was delivered by The Executive Governor of Plateau state Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong Represented by Mrs. Docars Dim – Permanent secretary Ministry of Youth Development Plateau state, stated that the slogan for 2015 – Youth and civic engagement is apt considering the times we are in, knowing that youth is an experience that may shape an individual’s level of dependence which can be in various ways according to different cultural perspective.

Goodwill messages was delivered by different partners including the commander Special Task Force (Operation Safe Haven) Jos represented by Brigadier-General H. Magaji, Fresh&Young Brains Development Initiatives, Eagle Eyes Charity Initiative, Youth Advocacy for Justice and Transparency Foundation, Plant for the Planet foundation Climate Justice Ambassadors, National Youth Service Corps, Afizere Cultural Association, Boys brigade and Boys scout Nigeria.

The youth had lots of fun, Musical extravaganza, Poetry, comedy and red carpet.

Nnadi Kevin, Executive Director International Center for Accelerated Development
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