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Nigeria’s future depends on good treatment for young people, says Adesina | The Guardian Nigeria News

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Akinwumi Adesina

Seeks the rooting of merit, mutual trust between nationalists
African Development Bank Group President Dr Akinwunmi Adesina said Nigeria’s future depends on what it does today with its vibrant young population, saying the demographic advantage must be turned into a top-notch and well-trained workforce for Nigeria. , for the region and for the world.

Speaking at the American University of Nigeria, Yola, titled “Building a New Nigeria: Imperatives for Shared Prosperity,” Adesina said there must be deliberate efforts to empower young people.

“We need to prioritize investments in young people: by upgrading them for the jobs of the future, not the jobs of the past; moving from so-called youth empowerment to investing in youth; open up the social and political space for young people to express their opinions and become a positive force for national development; and to ensure that we are creating youth-based wealth.

“From East to West, North to South, there has to be a shift in economic, financial and business opportunities for young Nigerians. The old must give way to the new. And there has to be a corresponding generational transfer of power and wealth to young people, ”he said.

The AfDB boss said Nigeria needs to learn from Singapore which has an almost similar demographics, prioritizing meritocracy, claiming that any society where meritocracy is subjugated to aristocracy, ethnocracy or religiocracy ultimately tends towards mediocrity.

He said: “Nigeria must learn from this experience and forge a new way of engaging among its diverse ethnic groups and religions. Nigeria needs to start managing its diversity for prosperity. We must seek national cohesion, not ethnic nationalities.

“We must tackle the root causes of the unrest, by listening, understanding, removing prejudices and enabling open national dialogues, without preconditions, but with one goal: to build a cohesive, united, just, just and equitable nation. for all, not for a few or for any part of the nation or religion.

Adesina said that unless someone can live in any part of the nation, work within the laws and not be discriminated against, based on religion, race or culture, or the place of birth, they will always be strangers in the nation.

“No matter how long you have resided in any place, you cannot run for political office in those states or places, just because you were not born there. State governments therefore largely reflect nativism and not residency, which further sends a message to non-natives that they do not belong. Over time this has created greater insularism, fragmentation, lack of inclusiveness, promotion ethnic and religious chauvinism, instead of promoting national cohesion, trust and inclusiveness.

“This has to change. Governments must be open to representation based on nationality and not ethnicity, to build a society of mutual trust, where diversity is well managed, ”he said.