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NGO urges govt to prioritize mental health

The Federal Government has been urged to optimize the primary health care system in addressing the mental health challenge amongst the youths.

The Chairman, Nigeria Meaningful Adolescent and Youth Engagement, MAYE, a non-governmental organization, Olympus Adebanjo, made the call at the Youth Health and Development Agenda summit in Abuja.

According to him, young people account for about seventy percent of the nation’s population, thus solving their challenges which include drug addiction associated with mental health.

The convener of the summit, Mrs Oyeyemi Pitan, said that “Naija MAYE” comprises of over two hundred young Nigerians from different sectors, said the aim of the event was to stir up engagements with political actors in the forth coming election to ensure the youth agenda is brought to the fore.

Our correspondent reports that the theme of the summit was “Youth leveraging 2023 elections; a new deal towards achieving SDG 2030”.

Reporting by Emmanuel Kutara; editing by Julian Osamoto