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African leaders urged to prioritise youth, women development

African leaders have been urged to prioritise development of youth and women in the rural areas.

The New Partnership for Africa’s Development, NEPAD Nigeria, Chief Executive Officer, Gloria Akobundu who made the plea at a press conference in Abuja also said that inclusive development can only be achieved when there is an increase of development projects at the grass roots.

The NEPAD Nigeria, Chief Executive Officer, Gloria Akobundu, also said that the Agency is engaging women and youth in the rural areas for economic development through Public Private Partnership to integrate Africa in the world economy as well as accelerate empowerment of women.

”In the last one year, we have developed and professionalized many of the concept and ideas that are aimed at realizing not only NEPAD mandate it strategic direction but lately the economic recovery and growth plane of the federal government which was aimed at pulling Nigeria out of recession and placing our economy on the part of sustainable development that is driven by production, regional trades and engagement and viable alternatives of revenue, she said.

Princess Akobundu added that programmes are being designed by the Agency to create employment for women and youth in the rural areas.

In furtherance of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme CAADP) an AU initiative to accelerate growth, implore food security and strengthen the resilience of the environment in Africa, we have developed synergies that sought to establish agriculture as an alternative revenue earner for the country in line with the vision of the Federal Government. Promoting and monitoring the sustainable Development Goals to create visibility and make trickle down to the grassroots in the 6 Geo-political Zone.

She added that inclusive development can only be achieved when there is an increased of development projects at the grass roots.

New Partnership for Africa’s Development, NEPAD, is a socio economic flagship programme of the Africa Union, AU, with the primary objectives of eradicating poverty, promoting sustainable growth and development.

Source: Voice of Nigeria