A group of Nigerian delegates for the 10th World Urban Forum on Tuesday met with the Nigerian Ambassador to United Arab Emirates, Dr. Mohammed Dansanta-Rimi to discourse issues affecting Nigerian youths.
In a statement signed on Tuesday, the group said their interface with the Nigerian Ambassador at the Nigerian Embassy, Abu Dhabi was aimed at further discussing ways the embassy could assist in promoting productive engagements of Nigerian youth.
According to the statement, the team deliberated on how the Embassy could also contribute its quota in addressing the high level of unemployment among the Nigerian youths.
The statement noted further that the meeting came on the heels of a special invitation extended to the leaders of the group by the authority of the Nigerian embassy in United Arab Emirate.
While addressing the delegation, Ambassador Rimi expressed satisfaction over the visit, recalling that the National Youth Parliament was established by late President Umar Yar’adua, who coincidentally happened to be his childhood friend.
He also expressed his happiness with the way Nigerian youths were picking up initiatives to work and battle unemployment, especially among themselves.
“Even in the UAE, people that are migrating in need skills to work, so it’s essential,” he stressed.
He, however, expressed displeasure over what he described as a painful scenario where some greedy Nigerians “selfishly set up programmes just to get funds for their individual pockets”.
Mr Dansanta-Rimi, therefore, urged the youth leaders to follow guidelines and ensure sustainability through proper coordination, stressing that such standard would attract support from countries like the UAE which have interest in doing business with Nigeria.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the 10th World Urban Forum is a premier international conference on urban issues convened by UN-Habitat in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
The Nigeria Delegation to the UAE include the Edo State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Erimona Edorodion Oye; Minority Leader of the Nigerian Youth Parliament, Uwadia Daniel; Founder, Prince Uwagboe Youth and Students foundation, Uwagboe Osawemwenhio; Permanent Secretary, Edo State Ministry of Planning and Urban Development, Chris Abode and Mrs Abode; Senior Pastor, Regent Ministries, Rev. Benjamin Okoedion; and the SSA to the Edo State Governor on Conditional Cash Transfer, Oghosa Enobakhare.
Other members of the delegation include the CEO of H20 Enterprise, Osahon Osaghae; Country Representative, Commonwealth Youth, Chioma Ifemenam; member, Nigerian Youth Parliament, Cynthia Ogbang; Princess Stephanie Osagie, and Stephen Aluyaovih, a professional Software developer.