The African Youth Parliament (AYP), a non-governmental organisation, has honoured Abiodun Yusuf, an auto-entrepreneur, for his “role in Nigeria’s entrepreneurial development.”

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Yusuf, who is the MD/CEO of Gemstone Autos Homes and Properties, received the group’s ‘Honorary Leadership Award’ and certificate of commendation, at his Lagos office on Tuesday.

Bamikole Oladele Babs, the parliament’s speaker, described the recipient of the AYP’s highest honour as a reputable professional who also deserves a national award for his worthy contributions to the country over the years.

“I wish you to assure you that the AYP would partner with the relevant authorities with a view to recommending you for the national award,” he said.

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According to him, the gesture is part of AYP’s initiative to celebrate excellence and widen its scope ahead of its maiden conference billed Cairo, Egypt between September 16 and 20.

The speaker said the conference tagged “Agenda 2030: New Possibilities for African youths” is aimed at sensitising African youths towards achieving sustainable goals for the future.

“We want to awaken the consciousness of not only African governments, but also youths and stakeholders in implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in Africa before its expiration in 2030,” he said.

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“And the major goals we aim to achieve at the conference include quality education, industry, innovation and infrastructure, as well as peace, justice and strong institutions.”

On his part, Yusuf appreciated the parliament for the honour and reiterated his commitment to support to group.

“The future of Africa rests in your hands and I believe you deserve all the encouragement you can get from all well-meaning people on the continent,” Yusuf said.

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