PERM. SEC. ALERT ON GRAVE HEALTH CHALLENGES FACING YOUNG PEOPLE IN NIGERIA
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Youth Development, Hajiya Rabi Jimeta (mni) has disclosed that issues of Adolescent Health and Development and its attendant challenges have taken a toll on the lives of our youth despite the assumption that young people are generally considered physically healthy.
Hajiya Jimeta made the disclosure in Abuja today while delivering a keynote address at a 2 day Technical Working Group Appraisal Meeting (TWG) on Adolescent Health and Development in Nigeria organized by her Ministry in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
She stated that the Youth are vulnerable to several unique health challenges such as sexually transmitted infections, HIV.AIDS, Sexual violence, unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortion, Prostitution, forceful marriages, drug abuse among others. According to her, the objective of the meeting was to proffer pragmatic solutions to the health problems of young people in Nigeria.
The Permanent Secretary maintained that the limited access to effective reproductive health education, programmes and friendly services are the major contributory factors to the poor sexual and reproductive health knowledge and behaviour among young people in Nigeria.
Hajiya Jimeta pointed out that her Ministry is working assiduously ad in collaboration with relevant agencies at National and international levels to ensure that sexual reproductive health development and rights agenda is realized via the Post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals.
In his goodwill message, the Assistant Country Representative of UNFPA, Mr. Osaretin Adonri stated that focused investment in young people aged 0 – 34 is thus a critical strategy for attaining sustainable development in developing countries, he stressed that the UNPFPA remains committed to work with all stakeholders to ensure a future in which young people can enter freely with a productive adulthood.
Earlier, the Director, Education and Youth Development in Federal Ministry of Youth Development, Mr. Stephen Ikata stated that the health and development of our youth is critical to the future economic and overall development of Nigeria, adding that investing in young people’s health and development has the potential of yielding significant benefits for them and the society as a whole.
He added that this Ministry is passionate in promoting and ensuring the optimal health and development of all young men and women in Nigeria through meaningful collaboration that will realize these objectives.