The West African Youth Peace Mission (WAYPEM) has voiced profound concern over the plight of Africa’s youths, pointing to the continent’s vast wealth of resources that remains untapped.
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja, the director mobilization WAYPEM, Fadare Israel, expressed deep regret as he attributed Africa’s predicament to a combination of corruption and a dearth of proactive strategies aimed at harnessing its inherent potential.
Data from global network, shows that 60 per cent of Nigeria’s population is below the age of 40, making the nation the youngest country in Africa. These statistics, however have several implications, especially on job creation, youthful exhorbrance, hence the need to determine the appropriate policy intervention for the promotion of economic growth through youths empowerment and robustly engage them in small businesses across all sectors.
For the Director Protocol, WAYPEM, Joan Ayogbor, women are the backbone of economic development, contributing to growth and prosperity of nations, So strengthening their capabilities in the resolve will no doubt uplift millions of women out of poverty.
They outlined the organization’s accomplishments and future plans, including the upcoming west Africa youths summit where representatives from over 40 countries will be attending.
WYPEM has been active in promoting peace and development, organizing international and regional workshops, advocating youth’s empowerment, participation in governance and development.
(Editor: Nkoli Omhoudu)