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Youth in Transformation Agenda by Boni Haruna, Hon. Minister of Youth Development


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Youth in Transformation Agenda by Boni Haruna, Hon. Minister of Youth Development

  1. 1. OVERVIEW OF THE YOUTH IN THE TRANSFORMATION AGENDA INTRODUCTION In making an ‘Overview of the Youth in the Transformation Agenda,’ it is important for us to make a conceptual clarification of the term “youth”. Who is a youth? While the term “Youth” does not seem to have a universal definition, the National Youth Policy defines Youth as all young persons between the ages of eighteen (18) and thirty-five (35) years who are citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The Nigerian Youth Whereas youth are often referred to as leaders of tomorrow, I will choose to refer to the Nigerian Youth as Leaders of today. My simple reason is that statistically, Nigeria’s population is largely youth based. It is settled that the youth population accounts for over 65% of the country’s total population and therefore, a major demographic force in determining the present and future of this Country. Youth are agents of change and development. The Youth Demography in Nigeria is undoubtedly an advantage for our national development. Transformation Agenda and Youth Development The President Goodluck Jonathan’s Transformation Agenda was launched in 2010. This is a development Framework to speed up Nigeria’s march towards
  2. 2. Overview of the Youth in the Transformation Agenda 2 becoming one of the largest economies in the world. As a roadmap for securing a better future for the nation, the Transformation Agenda is targeted at:-  Creating decent jobs in sufficient quantities to address the protracted problem of unemployment and reduce poverty.  Laying the foundation for a robust and inclusive growth of the Nigerian economy.  Improving on a sustainable course, the well being of all classes of Nigerians regardless of their personal circumstances and location. To achieve the above strategic goals, the government has focused attention on priority sectoral issues which include Youth development amongst others. The Policy thrust of the President Goodluck Jonathan Administration on Youth Development is anchored on the thematic areas in the National Youth Policy, hence the various intervention programmes that have been put in place to address youth issues. Let me use this opportunity to highlight some of the programme areas.
  3. 3. Overview of the Youth in the Transformation Agenda 3 Intervention Programmes 1. YOUTH AND EDUCATION The Administration of President Goodluck Jonathan established thirteen (13) new Federal universities, including the Police University in Kano and gave approval for the establishment of more privately owned ones. This is to give our youth more placement opportunities for university education. Presidential Special Scholarship Scheme For Innovation And Development (PRESSID): This scholarship scheme was established in 2012 as part of Federal Government’s efforts to achieve the goals of Vision 20:2020 and the Transformation Agenda. It is aimed at developing a critical mass of professionals who would serve as catalysts for change and agents for Scientific and Technological Advancement, as well as sustainable economic development. This scheme is being achieved through the sponsorship of outstanding students from Nigerian Universities to undertake postgraduate studies in the top twenty-five (25) universities in the world. A total of 100 youth benefitted from the maiden edition of the scheme in the 2013/2014 academic session while 104 benefitted from the second edition for the 2014/2015 academic session. 2. YOUTH AND AGRICULTURE The Youth Employment in Agriculture Programme (YEAP) is meant to promote decent income generation opportunities and livelihood for youth in rural areas.
  4. 4. Overview of the Youth in the Transformation Agenda 4 The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development runs this programme in parallel with its ongoing Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA). To develop this youth employment strategy, youth and their organizations were actively involved in every step of the design process. The design of the Youth Employment and Agriculture Programmes (YEAP) provides a framework for supporting targeted State-level investments to complement and leverage on-going programmes for youth employment in agriculture. The programme will empower two subsets of youth, in a gender equal way: (1) The first set consists largely of graduate youth who are involved in the creation of modern agri-business and value chain enterprises. These are young and innovative medium-scale entrepreneurs active along priority value chains, acting as intermediaries/pullers and service providers (knowledge, inputs, mechanization, etc) between market-oriented producers and large agro-industries and/or wholesalers. (2) The second set is the Local Farming Youth. These are young farmers who are interested in market-oriented agricultural production, small- scale processing, input supply and marketing. The target of the Youth Employment and Agriculture Programme is to reach 740,000 market-oriented agricultural producers i.e (20,000 young rural farmers per State) over a period of over 5 years and 18,500 entrepreneurs
  5. 5. Overview of the Youth in the Transformation Agenda 5 (500 entrepreneurs per State). The programme is to be implemented over a five year period. Two states from each of the six geopolitical zones will join the programme in year 1, 2 and 3 respectively to allow for all to be on board in year three. Each participating state will be supported by the programme for a period of three years and prepare follow-up strategy during the third year of YEAP implementation. The implementation of Youth Employment in Agriculture Programme (YEAP) will be guided by criteria to assess the readiness of states and to select value chains, skills training centres and participants for trainings. 3. YOUTH AND EMPLOYMENT i. Youth Enterprises with Innovations (YouWin) This is a programme of the President Goodluck Jonathan Administration that was launched in 2012 and jointly implemented by the Federal Ministry of Finance, Youth Development and Communication Technology, with the support of the World Bank, Department For International Development (DFID) and the organized private sector. The ‘YouWin’ is implemented as an annual business plan competition that culminates in the selection of 1,200 winners in each cycle. Since its inception, ‘YouWin’ has achieved tremendous success in the aspect of job creation for Nigerian Youth. As at November, 2013, a total of 27,000 jobs have been created from the activities of 2, 400 young entrepreneurs. ii. Subsidy Re-Investment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P)
  6. 6. Overview of the Youth in the Transformation Agenda 6 This social safety net programme was launched in February, 2012 by President Goodluck Jonathan. It has two youth related components; a) Graduate Internship Scheme (GIS), and b) Community Service, Women and Youth Empowerment Programme (CSWE). Permit me to briefly discuss these programmes. a. Graduate Internship Scheme (GIS) The Graduate Internship Scheme (GIS) is aimed at providing Nigerian Graduates with temporary work experience that will make them stronger candidates for job openings. Qualified graduates are attached as interns in reputable public/private firms for a period of one year. The Federal Government pays the graduates stipends while the employers provide mentorship. Objectives  To enhance the employability of up 25,000 unemployed graduates in the 36 states and FCT through internship programmes in pre-selected institutions  To reduce the vulnerability of unemployed graduates  To build manpower base towards attaining national development operations Employer/Firm Statistics  5,651 firms have been registered on the web platform  1,842 firms have been verified and approved to take graduates Graduate Statistics  153,420 graduates have registered  7,356 have been matched and are pending hire;
  7. 7. Overview of the Youth in the Transformation Agenda 7  3,028 interns on April, 2014 payroll payment processed b. The SURE-P Technical and Vocational Training (TVET) Programme The SURE-P Technical and Vocational Training (TVET) programme aims at reducing unemployment and poverty in Nigeria through development of skills, building of institutional capacity, etc. It is a programme that is expected to boost the capacity of the youth for gainful employment and enterprise, thus making them financially independent. Outcome : SURE-P TVET has trained:  220 Electrical/Mechanical Engineers for Power Industry at the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN)  1,000 Auto Technicians at the National Automotive Council (NAC)  1,000 Personnel including Rail Line Inspectors at the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC).  A total of 18,593 trainees have been registered across the federation in areas of ICTs, Agri-business, Hospitality, Mechanical/Fabrication, etc.  2,000 youth on ICT across the nation in collaboration with Galaxy backbone.  2,000 youth in collaboration with Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB). There is budgetary provision to train 500 physically challenged persons. c. Community Services, Women and Youth Empowerment Programme (CSWYE): The Community Services, Women and Youth Empowerment Programme aims to create immediate short-term employment opportunities for 370,000 youth (minimum 30% women) in labour intensive community
  8. 8. Overview of the Youth in the Transformation Agenda 8 development services. So far, about 119,000 jobs were created under this scheme. iii. State Employment and Expenditure for Result (SEEFOR) Project In a continuous effort to creating jobs and enabling environment for Nigerians specifically the youth, the Federal Government in collaboration with the European Union and the World Bank launched the State Employment and Expenditure for Result (SEEFOR) project. This project has a five-year implementation timeline for its completion and it has already kicked off in four pilot States. Its overall objectives are to ensure improvement in standard of living of citizens and also enhance financial management process in the country. The project, which was launched a week ago, precisely on 23rd May 2014, comprises of three major components, namely:  Youth Employment, and Access to Socio Economic Services,  Public Finance Management (PFM),  Reforms and Project Coordination and implementation support at all levels of Government. It is expected that in the next two years, the project would have created several jobs for the youth. iv. National Entrepreneur Development Programme (NEDEP): As part of this Administration’s drive to creating jobs, the National Entrepreneurship Development Programme was launched through the Nigeria Industrial Skills Development Programmes as a major intervention programme that is
  9. 9. Overview of the Youth in the Transformation Agenda 9 designed to train youth with skills that will immediately make them employable. So far, 37,000 youth have benefitted. It is also designed as grassroots intervention to fit the needs in each locality of the 36 States of the Federation including the FCT. More than 100,000 youth are expected to benefit annually from the programme. v. University Enterprise Development Programme (UNEDEP): This programme was launched in the Universities with the aim of embedding the virtues of entrepreneurship within the Nigerian youth in the Universities to “Catch them Young’’. The Project targets over 1000 youth who will be matched with successful entrepreneurs to coach and guide their development as they start their businesses. This is part of the larger National Enterprise Development Programme which serves as a platform to train, support and finance Nigerian youth starting new business. The UNEDEP is to be established in Universities across the 6 geo- political zones in Nigeria. vi. MDG Supported Programmes a. The NYSC/MDGs War Against Poverty (WAP) Programme The NYSC/MDGs War Against Poverty (WAP) Programme is an economic empowerment programme that targets the corps members in preparation for post service period. It seeks to empower participants with agro-enterprise skills and corresponding interest free loans with a view to generating self-
  10. 10. Overview of the Youth in the Transformation Agenda 10 employment, creating wealth and boosting agricultural productivity for food security. The loan facility ranges from N200, 000 - N300,000 (depending on enterprise) with zero per cent (0%) interest charge having a repayment period of 30 months with first 6 months of moratorium. The NYSC Certificate usually serves as collateral for applicants. Other Achievements  The NYSC/ MDGs Advocacy programme has trained and deployed 104,182 corps members as MDGs Advocates and Corps Development Knowledge Facilitators (CDKFs). In 2013 NYSC (MDG) trained and deployed 13,551 corps members.  The War Against Poverty programme has trained three thousand eight hundred and sixty nine (3,869) and empowered three thousand and sixty (3060) WAP corps entrepreneurs. In 2013, the programme trained three hundred and ninety two (392) corps members.  The Advocacy Programme utilized corps MDGs Advocates to carry out “My World” Survey project under the auspices of United Nations Millennium Campaign Office (UNMC). It is a United Nations Innovative global Survey that allows people across the world to tell United Nations, and in particular, the Secretary General’s High Level Panel, the most important issues they would like the post 2015 agenda to address.
  11. 11. Overview of the Youth in the Transformation Agenda 11 NYSC schedule officers and corps advocates of MDGs projects carried out the survey throughout the 774 Local Government areas in Nigeria in March, 2013. In appreciation of NYSC’s contribution to the survey, the NYSC was conferred with the award of “Most Outstanding Contributor” to the ‘My World Survey’ by the United Nations during ‘My World Partners’ recognition ceremony in New York on 25th September, 2013. vii. A Reviewed National Employment Policy The National Action Plan on Employment was approved by the Federal Executive Council in 2010. Accordingly, Government will implement a new National Employment Policy which will ensure equitable distribution of opportunity for job seekers. This policy will have a stronger coordination mechanism for employment into all Federal MDAs, including the Para-Military and armed forces. Government will put in place an effective and transparent mechanism that is safe, open, fair and accessible to all Nigerians irrespective of their State, zone, background, ethnic/cultural affiliation or whatsoever by transforming its mode of employment. viii. Other Youth Empowerment Programmes The Niger Delta Ministry has also engaged youth in various skills acquisition and empowerment programmes as follows:  341 in oil and gas  270 in maritime
  12. 12. Overview of the Youth in the Transformation Agenda 12  90 in agriculture  500 youth are currently being trained on the assembling of smart phones, tablet PCs. 100 of the trainees have successfully graduated.  100 youth left the country on May 22, 2014 for a Train-the Trainer course on Agriculture in Israel. 4. YOUTH AND INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (Youth & ICT) a. Student Computer Ownership Scheme To improve student access to inherit as well as improve market share of indigenous original equipment manufacturers (IOEMs), Banks and National University Commission (NUC) developed a joint initiative which is aimed at enabling students in tertiary institutions to own computers through a low interest rate loan with repayment monthly plans of between N3,500 and N5,800 over a period of 18 months. The programme targets one million Nigerian youth as beneficiaries. b. Gender and ICT Under the Transformation Agenda, the Federal Government through the Ministry of Finance and FMCT developed a gender based programme targeted at young women under the Girls and Women in Nigeria (G-WIN) initiative in order to bridge the gender gap in access and empowerment. This programme includes:  SmartWomen  Nigeria Digital Girls ICT Club
  13. 13. Overview of the Youth in the Transformation Agenda 13  The FMCT/HUAWEI 1,000 Girls. May I take this opportunity to briefly explain each of these:- i. SmartWoman Nigerian It is aimed at empowering Nigerian women through provision of affordable means of receiving accurate and timely information relevant to their socio- economic need. This will provide women with access to affordable, reliable and relevant content via daily feeds on their mobile services. These topics include business entrepreneurship career, health, partnership, will and land ownership etc. ii. Digital Girls As part of efforts to increase the number of female professionals, in the ICT sector, a special catch them young project called Digital Girls was launched. It is aimed at developing a pool of IT ready and enabled young Nigerians in order to secure the future of this nation. This is achieved through formulation of girls clubs to develop their interest in computers and related career. It will also increase the number of professionals in the ICT sector, dispel stereotypes of gender, appropriate new access to role models and mentorships. iii. FMCT/HUAWEI 1,000 Girls To stem the tide of unfilled IT vacancies and an abundance of unemployable graduates, the FMCT has introduced initiatives to build technical and job ready ICT skills among unemployed youth. 1,000 unemployed secondary school graduates are being trained by Hauwei in network and telecommunication to improve their employability in the ICT sector. 200 of the most promising girls
  14. 14. Overview of the Youth in the Transformation Agenda 14 will receive further training and certification as data centre operators, making them immediately employable in Hauwei or other data centres across the country. c. TechLaunch Pad This is a programme launched in December, 2012 as a public private partnership focusing on carefully selected tech start-ups that will provide training and mentorship programme through heads of ICT and Executives of private sector. The mentors work with the tech start-ups and young entrepreneurs to provide input to their software development to ensure solution and have economic relevance within the targeted industry. Partners in this project include Total-ELF, Accenture, Chevron, ExxonMobil, First Bank Plc, Access Bank and Digital Jewel. d. Naija Cloud This is a project aimed at creating jobs and economic development with the objective of reducing unemployment, reversing the country’s brain drain and creating a market for Nigerian Microworks and E-lancing companies. 2,000 Nigerians were trained and immediate results have been recorded as over 50,000 youth are now earning money on this platform. The Federal Government is making plans to partner with the Rockefeller Foundation on their Digital Jobs Initiative. It will facilitate the roll out of the Naija Cloud initiatives in 36 States and the FCT.
  15. 15. Overview of the Youth in the Transformation Agenda 15 e. UN/UNDP’s Junior Professional Officers (JPO) Programme The President Goodluck Jonathan Administration facilitated Nigeria to become the first African nation and the 20th contributor to join the partner countries supporting UN/UNDP’s Junior Professional Officer’s (JPO) programme. The JPO programme is administered by the UNDP and its affiliated funds and programmes. It provides young professionals the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the international environment. 34 participants have been short-listed for the first batch of this programme. 5. YOUTH, SPORTS AND RECREATION The President Goodluck Jonathan Administration recognizes the pivotal role of sports in nation building, hence its determination to develop and upscale the sector to an enviable level. Apart from participating in several sporting events, Nigeria has organized quite a number of sporting activities to engage the youth. The National Youth Games which was held in December, 2013 was designed to serve as a platform for the early identification and discovery of talents. The National Youth Games was not only a demonstration of Government’s commitment to create a solid and sustainable platform for all round youth development through sports, but also to provide an avenue for young athletes to explore their potentials and foster unity amongst them. 370 special talents were discovered in 14 sports during the National Youth Games.
  16. 16. Overview of the Youth in the Transformation Agenda 16 6. YOUTH AND CONFLICT PREVENTION/PEACE BUILDING The Amnesty Programmes In the wake of Youth restiveness in the Niger Delta, the Government came up with a development programme which provided an opportunity for the youth to express themselves and have a meaningful life. Although the amnesty programme is a fallout of a bitter national security challenge, its effect on our youth has been quite profound. It has seen our youth transforming from militants to wealth creators, employers of labour and skilled citizens. So far, 30,000 youth have benefitted from the programme. 7. YOUTH PARTICIPATION IN POLITICS AND DECISION MAKING a. Decision Making and Governance The President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Administration has demonstrated strong commitment and support for initiatives that promote youth participation and social inclusion. This is evident in his appointment of youth into key government positions including the Federal Executive Council. At this juncture, let me take the liberty to recognize some of these appointees:  Dr. Nurudeen Mohammed, the Honourable Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. He was appointed into the Federal Executive Council when he was 33 years old. May I request the Honourable Minister, to kindly stand up for recognition.  Comrade Jude Imagwe, Special Assistant to Mr. President on Youth and Student Matters. He was also appointed into this position at the age of 33.
  17. 17. Overview of the Youth in the Transformation Agenda 17 I will further crave your indulgence to mention the following youth who, through various leadership development programmes of this Administration, today occupy positions of leadership:  Hon. Luke Onofiok, Pioneer Speaker, Nigerian Youth Parliament, currently an Honourable member of the Akwa –Ibom State House of Assembly;  Hon. Abdullahi Maibasira, second Speaker, Nigerian Youth Parliament, now National Youth Leader of the Peoples’ Democratic Party;  There are 18 Youth currently participating as members in the National Conference. Apart from appointment of youth into government positions, President Goodluck Jonathan Administration has also demonstrated strong commitment and support for youth participation in our democratic process including youth led initiatives through civic education. The government has been partnering with civil societies and United Nations Agencies and other development partners in youth development sector towards providing the opportunity to participate actively in democratic process. Just few days ago, the Government through the Federal Ministry of Youth Development signed a letter of Agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)/Democratic Governance for Development (UNDP/DGD) for the implementation of the “Enhancing Youth Participation in the 2015 General Elections Project”. This partnership is developed in consideration of the critical role and place of the youth in Nigeria’s capacity to
  18. 18. Overview of the Youth in the Transformation Agenda 18 conduct free, fair, peaceful and successful General Elections in 2015. Earlier this year, the Federal Government partnered with the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) on a similar project. b. Nigerian Youth in Global/International Organizations The President Goodluck Jonathan Administration encourages and facilitates the participation of Nigerian Youth in international organizations to sharpen their leadership skills and provide them with opportunities to compete with their peers in the global arena. In Colombo last year 2013, during the Commonwealth Heads of States & Governments Meeting, a Nigerian Youth, Ahmed Adamu (a PHD Student in London studying on PTDF Scholarship Programme) was elected as the inaugural chairperson of the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC). You may wish to know that the Commonwealth Youth Council is the largest youth-led organization in the world and the recognized voice for more than 1.2 billion young people of the Commonwealth. Another Nigerian Youth, Jude Imagwe, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Youth and Students Affairs, was elected Deputy Secretary- General, (West Africa) of the Pan-African Youth Union (PYU) at its 3rd Congress in Khartoum, Sudan from December, 2011. The Pan African Union (PYU) is the youth body of the African Union. Mr. Marvin Yobana, another Nigerian youth is the African Representative in the Executive Committee of the World Assembly of Youth (WAY)
  19. 19. Overview of the Youth in the Transformation Agenda 19 Francis Anyaegbu is another Nigerian Youth currently representing West African Youth on the United Nations Habitat Governing Council in Nairobi, Kenya. He was elected in 2012 at the Annual General Council Meeting of the UN Habitat in Nairobi Kenya. Only recently, the Nigerian Government added its voice to the call for the establishment of a Youth Agency in the United Nations system at the World Conference on Youth (WCY) in Colombo Sri Lanka and suggested Nigeria to serve as the host of such Agency if and when it is eventually established. It may interest this assembly to know that because of the prominent role this country has played especially in mainstreaming youth issues in the post 2015 Development Agenda, Nigeria under the leadership of President Goodluck Jonathan has been given the hosting right of the next World Conference on Youth. CONCLUSION Having briefly highlighted the modest investments in youth development under President Goodluck Jonathan’s Transformation Agenda, it is worth mentioning that the Transformation Agenda provides the framework for the accelerated development of the country. Its particular emphasis on job creation and recognition of the need for social inclusion of youth in governance perfectly situates the Transformation Agenda
  20. 20. Overview of the Youth in the Transformation Agenda 20 within the current global debate on mainstreaming youth issues in the post 2015 Development Agenda. This too, is proof that President Goodluck Jonathan’s Administration is committed to giving Youth Development the much needed attention and is willing to increase investments in the youth sector. To underscore this commitment, you may wish to note that Youth Development components are adequately captured in all MDAs which are running robust programmes that provide skills, employment and empowerment for youth. Finally, it is our view that if every state in the country were to take a cue from the Transformation Agenda of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan by mainstreaming youth issues in their development agenda, through sustainable programmes, the nation would have attained a reasonable milestone promoting youth empowerment and overall excellence. I thank you all.