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[afro-nets] Youth Organise National Development Summit

  • From: Dabesaki Mac-Ikemenjima <dabesaki@yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2005 16:54:53 -0700 (PDT)

Youth Organise National Development Summit
Media Release


PORT HARCOURT, August 19, 2005- Port Harcourt the capital city
of Rivers State, Nigeria's oil rich state and the garden city of
Nigeria will host the first ever Nigerian Youth Leadership Sum-
mit between September 1-2, 2005. One hundred and fifty youth
leaders, professionals and activists from 25 states and the Fed-
eral Capital Territory will gather at the Integrated Cultural
Center Port Harcourt to discuss Youth leadership towards sus-
tainable national development.

According to Dabesaki Mac-Ikemenjima, the Executive Director of
Development Partnership International, the organisers of the
event, "the summit will be a unique opportunity for young lead-
ers to reflect on Nigeria from what they know through history
books, review Nigeria's current national development priorities
and develop strategies and initiatives to further progress with
national, regional and international development efforts."

The Summit is being organised on the background that Nigeria is
currently treading an economic path that is predicated on value
re-orientation, wealth creation, employment generation and pov-
erty eradication. The National Economic Empowerment and Develop-
ment Strategy (NEEDS) and the States' Economic Empowerment De-
velopment Strategies (SEEDS) promise a prosperous future for Ni-
geria. However, it can only be achieved if the young people ap-
preciate what promise it holds for their future well being and
they are able to identify their roles in its implementation.

The Nigerian Youth Leadership Summit will focus on five thematic
issues: Education, Environmental sustainability, Health, Employ-
ment/Entrepreneurship, and Information and Communication Tech-
nology (ICT) for development. These all fall within the priori-
ties identified in the NEEDS as well as broader development
frameworks like the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and the
New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). For each is-
sue, the young leaders will examine the situation with the im-
plementation of programmes, what more needs to be done to foster
progress and sustain current achievements and how young people
can be more practically involved to move forward. The Media and
Strategy Director of DPI Mr. Adebayo Samuel said that the summit
is the climax of the organisation's "Youthful Visions for Nige-
ria tomorrow project." He continued that "it will serve as an
opportunity to come-up with a two year strategic action plan".

The summit will be very participatory, and taking the format of
plenary sessions, working group sessions, symposium and capacity
building training, the summit will be an opportunity to share
best practice, evolve strategies for development, and facilitate
inter-state youth partnerships for sustainable social change and
development. The organisers believe that one major outcome of
the Summit will be the setting-up of a youth network for social
change and development.

The Summit is being organised by Development Partnership Inter-
national, a model youth-led non-profit organisation which seeks
to develop the capacity of young leaders and their organisations
for effective, innovative and proactive social change and devel-
opment actions and to empower them for sustainable future live-
lihoods. Other organisations involved with the Summit include ;
Center for Development Support Initiatives, Life Time Caring
Ministries and NEPAD Youth Network Rivers State.

For more information, please contact:
Adebayo Samuel
Tel.: +234-803-8928-374
or visit http://www.developmentpartnership.org

Dabesaki Mac-Ikemenjima
Director, Development Partnership International
Rivers State HIV/AIDSResource Center
9-11 Emenike Street Mile II Diobu
Port Harcourt 500001, Nigeria
Tel.: +234-805-518-2526