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Sunday Dare is intelligent, passionate about Youth Engagement – GCIOBA

Buhari made a good choice

Government College Ibadan Old Boys Association has described the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Chief Sunday Dare as a bundle of intellectual talent that Nigeria is lucky to have, this was said in appreciation of his consummate and professional contributions to national discourse at the just concluded luncheon of the association.

In a letter of appreciation to the Minister by the Chairman of the association, Engr Wole Agbaje, the association showed its gratitude to Dare for gracing the 2021 GCIOBA, Ibadan Branch annual luncheon held at Jogor centre in Ibadan on Sunday, 15th August, 2021.

Commending Sunday Dare’s address at the event, Engr Wole Agbaje said he was not disappointed at the intellectual depth of the Honorable Minister who has not only proved his substance, but also showed that President Muhammadu Buhari is meticulous in the choice of his cabinet members.

“GCIOBA is known for intellectual contributions to state and nation building and we don’t invite just anybody to grace our occasions. We make sure that our guest speakers are personalities that will make intellectual contributions, so we are not surprised at the fantastic address of the Honorable Minister.

Instead, we are proud, that this excellent product is our own, from Oyo state. “He said.

In his speech titled Digital Literacy: a panacea for youth unemployment, Sunday Dare spoke to the need for the youth to harness the opportunities of Digital skills and entrepreneurship which the federal government has provided.

Dare emphasized that the solution to Nigeria’s youth unemployment does not only lie in formal education, but also in entrepreneurship, semi-formal and vocational education which is being encouraged in more attractive ways by the Federal Government.

“Under President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria is changing the fundamentals of youth development by emphasizing on training into enterprise, and investing directly in youth owned businesses and ideas.”

“The Federal Government is passionate about the progress of the youth, at all levels and positions. We know the issues of unemployment are deep, and so we are working to be a step ahead of these challenges. Our solution does not lie in formal education alone, this is why we are encouraging the youth to engage entrepreneurship.”

“To achieve this, we initiated a soft loan program named the National Youth Investment Fund (NYIF) to give a leap and serve as a spring board to our youth. I encourage the youth to apply themselves to the process and opportunities that abound around them, which will definitely make things better.”

“Equally, we have the Work Experience Program (WEP) for the graduates to gain cognate work experience from relevant firms, both private and public. This will give them a better head start in their job search.”

Dare’s address met a standing ovation at the event which was followed by a question-answer session by the Stakeholders of the event.

GCIOBA not only parades laurels in academics, but also an array of successful products, such as : H.E Omololu Olunloyo; former governor of Oyo State, Professor Wole Soyinka; Nobel laureate, Wale Babalakin( SAN), Femi Osofisan; renowned literary guru and professor of theatre arts, Late Adegoke Adelabu and Oba Erediuawa, the late king of the Benin kingdom among others.

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