The Federal Executive Council has approved the commemoration of November 1 of every year as National Youth Day.
This followed the approval of the report of the Cabinet Committee on the institutionalization of a National Youth Day on November 1 of every year through a memorandum by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Cabinet Committee was set up to consider a memorandum by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, for the institutionalization of November 1 as the National Youth Day.
With the designation, November 1 will now be marked as a day to raise awareness on issues concerning youth in Nigeria and for organizing public information activities on youth related matters.
Every commemoration would have a theme around which activities will revolve across the states of the Federal Capital Administration with each one of them bidding to host the event although Abuja will host the 2020 maiden edition.
The Council directed the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare to present the memorandum to the National Economic Council and the Council of State for adoption and the buy-in of state governments.
Reacting to the approval Dare said “The approval by Mr President in Council for the commemoration of the National Youth Day on November 1 every year is further testimony to how this administration sees the youth as a resource to be harnessed and invested in.
“This development, coming on the heels of a similar approval for the establishment of the Nigeria Youth Investment Fund, has further energized our resolve to prioritize issues relating to the youth.”