Buhari committed to empowering youths —Adeshina

• Bags FUPRE students’ award

The Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, on Monday, reiterated the federal government’s commitment to empowering youths in the country.

Adeshina, who bagged a Monumental Award from the students of Four Square Gospel Fellowship of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources (FUPRE), Effurun, Delta State, urged the students to take their studies seriously.

The award, which was given to Mr. Adesina on the occasion of the 2016 Four Square Gospel Fellowship Students Week programme, was in recognition of his distinguished service to the nation as a professional in the media industry and his positive impacts in the lives of youths in the country.

Mr. Adesina, who was represented by Mr. Emmanuel Ogoigbe, thanked the students for considering him for the award along with prominent Nigerians, including the senator representing Delta Central District, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege.

The media aide urged the students to be worthy ambassadors of the nation anywhere they find themselves.

He reiterated President Buhari’s resolve to empower 5000 youths across the country in the next two years, through the current employment programme of the federal government.

The special assistant to the president also noted that the decision by the federal government to scrap post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) was aimed at making admission to tertiary institutions less cumbersome for Nigerian youths.

He said, “I wish to express my profound gratitude for considering me for this award. It is indeed a worthwhile honour. As you all know, the nation is going through a process championed by President Mohammadu Buhari, whose tireless effort to redeem Nigerians from the shackles of oppression, corruption and all forms of criminality should be encouraged by all Nigerians.

Meanwhile, the chairman of the FUPRE 2016 Students Fellowship Week programme, Mr. Onni Joseph Yusuf, who presented the award to Mr. Adesina, said the students in FUPRE have been monitoring his activities for a while, and that they had found him worthy of the award.