The meeting started at about 2:38pm with a brief introduction of the delegation Miss Rose, the Personal Assistant to the SSAP SDGs. This was followed by a welcome remark by the Secretary of Programs to OSSAP_SDGs, Mr Waziri Laminu after which each organization introduced themselves.
The Curator, Global Shapers on behalf of the youth delegation thanked the SOP for giving audience and went ahead to state that the coalition of youths was put in place in order to ensure full participation of the youths in the SDGs. Following this, the speaker of National Youth Parliament asked the Chairman to kindly inform the delegation on what the youths needed to do and how they could come in and also requested that representatives of the Youth should be considered in the planned Presidential committee on SDGs.
Mrs. Olaopa, a.k.a Mama youth who is the head of Youth programs answered the questions by stating that the youths could partner with the SDG Champions, a platform created in conjunction with the office of the NYSC to enable serving corps members go to the 774 local government areas and enlighten them about the SDGs.
Secondly, she encouraged the coalition to be a part of the newly constituted Private Sector Advisory in order to give their own input. She also talked about a new concept being formed named ‘Academia’ but didn’t speak much on it.
Thirdly, she stated that the OSSAP SDG worked hand in hand with certain agencies and encouraged the delegation to partner with the Ministry of Youths and Sports.
Furthermore, she encouraged the delegation to get involved and inform the office once they had achieved any of the goals.
The chairman wrapped up by stating that unlike in the time of the MDGs, they had developed a different strategy which was better and involved certain agencies while working in hand with the National Bureau of Statistics and National Office of Planning. He encouraged the delegation to get back to them with a proposal after the sallah break and promised to use his good office to meet their requests. He also promised to discuss with the SSAP to see the possibility of including youth in the Presidential committee. Miss Rose concluded by stating by way of reiteration that the coalition of youths was a good step towards the right direction and she looked forward to what they could achieve together.
The vote of thanks was given by Miss Stacy from Susty Vibes and the meeting was brought to a close. Pictures were taken afterwards.