The Federal Government has expressed readiness to support hosting of the forthcoming World Assembly of Youths, WAY, General Assembly, scheduled for December, in Nigeria.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Olusade Adesola gave the assurance in Abuja when members of WAY and the Belema Aid Foundation, an NGO, paid him a courtesy visit.
NAN reports that Nigeria and Indonesia are bidding for the hosting rights of the general assembly, which will come on the heels of the 70th anniversary of WAY.
Mr. Adesola, said that the ministry would partner with relevant stakeholders to ensure that Nigeria wins the bid to host the global youth assembly.
He expressed government’s commitment to support endeavours that could guarantee development of Nigerian youths.
The Permanent Secretary said that the Nigerian government was determined to take advantage of the huge youth population for national development.
He expressed displeasure that the National Youth Council of Nigeria NYCN was presently without a recognised leadership as it had been polarised.
He, however, gave assurance that the ministry was making efforts to unify the council for effective participation in the global youth assembly.
Earlier, the President of WAY, Mrs Ediola Pashollari, said that members were in Nigeria to inspect facilities and the preparedness of Belema Aid Foundation to host the global youth assembly in December.
She, said that her delegation had visited the foundation’s headquarters for inspection, held talks with the police on security, and held meetings with other relevant stakeholders.
The President WAY said that Nigeria was bidding for the hosting rights with Indonesia, adding that a similar inspection tour of facilities had been carried out in Indonesia.
Mrs.Pashollari, described WAY as a 140 members-countries youth organisation created in 1949 under the aegis in the UN, where Nigeria presently occupied one of the Vice Presidents position.
Also speaking, Programme Advisor for Belema Aid Foundation,Mr. Obinna Nwaneri, said that the foundation was partnering with WAY to host the general assembly in order to enhance youth development in Nigeria and all over the world.
NAN also reports that the WAY general assembly, scheduled to hold in December expects representatives from 140 member countries.
Pashollari was accompanied to the ministry by one of the vice presidents of the organisation, Mohammed Alawane from Libya.