FG to collaborate with Turkey-based Islamic Forum on youth empowerment

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By Emmanuel Obisue

Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Youth Development, Dr. Donuma Ahmed has announced that the Federal Government will collaborate with the Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum, ICYF on empowerment of youth to make them productive and self-reliant.

Dr. Ahmed stated this when he received the Director-General of the ICYF Cabinet, Yunus Sonmez and his delegation, who came on a courtesy visit to his office, a statement issued over the weekend by Maryam Yusuf, the ministry’s Head of Press and Public Relations stated.

The Permanent Secretary remarked that the ministry welcomes ideas and programmes that empower the youth and give them the opportunity to network with their counterparts around the world.

“Our doors are always open to any initiative for collaboration on issues of youth development and any initiative that will deepen collaborations between us and organizations that work on youth development.

“We are going to take the corporations to the next level. We will look at those frameworks that you have outlined, and we are going to bring up our position. We are going to interface with you and cooperate with you in all those areas,” he said.

The Permanent Secretary informed the visitors of its technical department that handles the issues of youth entrepreneurship and vocational skills. He further disclosed that the ministry also has a department that deals with youth education.

“We are also dealing with issues of mental health. We will look at those critical areas that we can collaborate to work out a flagship programme”, he explained.

Earlier, head of the Islamic delegation disclosed that his organization, which has its headquarters in Turkey, is affiliated with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, OIC. He added that the ICYF deals with issues on economic, social, and cultural growth.

“We have been working on economic, social and cultural growth since 2006, we have vocational training and entrepreneurship, we have social programmes with focus on network creation where we organise camps and other programmes to bring youths from the OIC member states and Muslim minorities in the US, Britain and Europe together to discuss issues concerning the youth,” he said.

“The main aim of visiting Nigeria is because of our iftar programmes which we want to hold here, and we would like to develop our relationship with the relevant authorities. We are working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We want to enlarge our cooperations. Nigeria is one of the biggest countries in the OIC region in terms of population and potential,” he added.