1,500 Nigerian youths to benefit from EU Sustainable Development Project

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ABUJA – No fewer than 1,500 Nigerian youths are expected to benefit from a one year European Union- funded project tagged “Sustainaware 2014’’, a statement said on Friday.

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The statement was signed by Mr Hamzat Lawal, co-founder, Nigeria Youth Climate Action Network (NYCAN), and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

It said that the project was designed to create awareness on the importance of sustainable development.

NYCAN is a coalition of groups and individuals working to promote youth and environmental activities aimed at building synergy among groups working on youth and climate change.

The statement said that the organisation was partnering with seven other agencies from different countries to implement the project aimed to further stimulate young people to work on the topic of environmental health.

The “Sustainaware 2014” project partner countries are Nigeria, Argentina, USA, India, Slovenia, Croatia, Liechtenstein and Hungary.

The statement urged the Federal Government to pay more attention to the development of youths with a view to engaging them in actualising the nation’s vision 20:2020 objective.

It appealed to Nigerian youths to view the project as a unique opportunity to enable Nigeria to champion the gospel of `green economy’ across Africa.

“This is an avenue for young Nigerians to engage in the process of diversifying the economy, so we can now lead and our leaders will follow in championing the gospel of sustainable development,” the statement said.

The project is expected to produce a youth manifesto that will guide policy makers on how to formulate youth empowerment programmes.

The programmes are to further spread the message of sustainable development globally. (NAN)

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