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YOUTH DEVELOPMENT:
WHAT ARE THE ISSUES?
ROTIMI OLAWALE, YOUTHHUBAFRICA.ORG
TALKING POINTS
¨  The National Youth Policy
¨  Analysis of the100 Days Covenant with Youth
¨  The National Youth Counci...
National Youth Policy
¨  Young women and young men should not be seen as a
problem but as a force for change, and in keep...
In 2009, the NYP aligned with:
National Policies
¨  National Policy on Population for Sustainable Development.
¨  Nation...
Regional & Global Policies
¨  ECOWAS Youth Policy
¨  Commonwealth Youth Charter
¨  African Youth Charter
¨  The UN Wor...
Priority Areas
¨  1. Youth and Education
¨  2. Youth and Health
¨  3. Youth and Agriculture
¨  4. Youth and Employment...
Review of the Youth Policy:
Identified Gaps:
¨  The Youth in Conflict sub-category of the NYP
dwells largely on the Niger...
100 Days Covenant with Youth
¨  A careful review of the 100days covenant speaks
to the following themes
¨  Youth Unemplo...
NYC/NYP
¨  As it stands, the National Youth Council is a registered
non-profit like any other non-profit in this room
¨ ...
NYP
¨  The youth parliament has performed better.
¨  We have seen previous alumni of the program go
on to become members...
Financing Youth Development
¨  2015 Budget: Total Budget = 71.85 billion
¨  Budget for NYSC = 69.13 billion
¨  Therefor...
Evidence Based Programming
rotimi@youthhubafrica.org +2348057704111
What jobs are young people applying
for?
¨  For the Immigration job?
Source: Premium Times
In the 100 days covenant, ther...
Planning for Youth:
¨  Because we know Government is a continuum, I
recommend that the YOUWIN program be
continued, as it...
Planning for Youth
¨  A new/Revised Youth Policy should contribute to a
National Agenda: We wanted to be one of the 20
la...
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Youth Development in Nigeria: What are the issues (2015)

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Youth Development in Nigeria: What are the issues (2015)

  1. 1. YOUTH DEVELOPMENT: WHAT ARE THE ISSUES? ROTIMI OLAWALE, YOUTHHUBAFRICA.ORG
  2. 2. TALKING POINTS ¨  The National Youth Policy ¨  Analysis of the100 Days Covenant with Youth ¨  The National Youth Council/National Youth Parliament ¨  Financing Youth Development in Nigeria ¨  Evidence Based programming ¨  Planning for Youth rotimi@youthhubafrica.org +2348057704111
  3. 3. National Youth Policy ¨  Young women and young men should not be seen as a problem but as a force for change, and in keeping with this perspective, the National Youth Policy should be viewed not so much as a means of addressing problems associated with young people but as a means of ensuring their participation in the building of their communities and societies. ¨  The National Youth Policy recognizes and values young men and women as important resource and national asset and situates their needs and aspiration at the centre of national development. rotimi@youthhubafrica.org +2348057704111
  4. 4. In 2009, the NYP aligned with: National Policies ¨  National Policy on Population for Sustainable Development. ¨  National Gender Policy. ¨  National Health Policy. ¨  National Policy on Education. ¨  National Economic Empowerment Development Strategy (NEEDS 1&2). ¨  Seven point Agenda of President Umar Musa Yar’Adua rotimi@youthhubafrica.org +2348057704111
  5. 5. Regional & Global Policies ¨  ECOWAS Youth Policy ¨  Commonwealth Youth Charter ¨  African Youth Charter ¨  The UN World Program on Action for Youth (WPAY) ¤  A 20 year review meeting holds in NewYork this month ¨  The MDGs ¤  The MDGs will be replaced by the SDGs in September 2015 rotimi@youthhubafrica.org +2348057704111
  6. 6. Priority Areas ¨  1. Youth and Education ¨  2. Youth and Health ¨  3. Youth and Agriculture ¨  4. Youth and Employment ¨  5. Youth and Science and Technology ¨  6. Youth and Environment ¨  7. Young Women and Girls ¨  8. Youth Participation in Politics and Decision making ¨  9. Youth and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) ¨  10. Youth and Conflict Prevention/Peace building ¨  11. Youth and HIV/AIDS ¨  12. Youth and Drug abuse ¨  13. Youth and Crime ¨  14. Youth, Sports and Recreation ¨  15. Youth and Arts & Culture ¨  16. Youth and Family life ¨  17. Youth Migration and human trafficking ¨  18. Youth and Poverty rotimi@youthhubafrica.org +2348057704111
  7. 7. Review of the Youth Policy: Identified Gaps: ¨  The Youth in Conflict sub-category of the NYP dwells largely on the Niger-Delta conflict. Today, Nigeria’s largest conflict is in the North-Eastern Part of Nigeria and this might change going forward. ¨  The Ministry of Youth Development is currently the Federal Ministry of Youth Service Corps rotimi@youthhubafrica.org +2348057704111
  8. 8. 100 Days Covenant with Youth ¨  A careful review of the 100days covenant speaks to the following themes ¨  Youth Unemployment ¨  Youth Political Participation ¨  Youth and Education ¨  Youth & ICTs (This however is the most significant aspect) rotimi@youthhubafrica.org +2348057704111
  9. 9. NYC/NYP ¨  As it stands, the National Youth Council is a registered non-profit like any other non-profit in this room ¨  Its not established by any law in parliament like has been previously claimed ¨  Its largely dipped its nose into local/national politics and regular infighting ¨  The Council should be reformed and established as an act of parliament. ¨  Its President should be elected and largely perform ceremonial roles like the ICAN president but should be staffed by a youthful but professional secretariat rotimi@youthhubafrica.org +2348057704111
  10. 10. NYP ¨  The youth parliament has performed better. ¨  We have seen previous alumni of the program go on to become members of state houses of Assembly and other positions ¨  The past 2 speakers: ¤  One is currently a House of Reps Member in Akwa Ibom ¤  The National Youth Leader of the PDP ¨  The resolution from the Parliament is … ? rotimi@youthhubafrica.org +2348057704111
  11. 11. Financing Youth Development ¨  2015 Budget: Total Budget = 71.85 billion ¨  Budget for NYSC = 69.13 billion ¨  Therefore NYSC budget represents 96% of the FMOYD budget in 2015 ¨  An innovation Fund is proposed by GMB team in the first 100 days, however I’ll propose/recommend a National Youth Development Fund that not just focuses on innovation but funds other aspects of youth development rotimi@youthhubafrica.org +2348057704111
  12. 12. Evidence Based Programming rotimi@youthhubafrica.org +2348057704111
  13. 13. What jobs are young people applying for? ¨  For the Immigration job? Source: Premium Times In the 100 days covenant, there’s no plan to support The informal sector! rotimi@youthhubafrica.org +2348057704111
  14. 14. Planning for Youth: ¨  Because we know Government is a continuum, I recommend that the YOUWIN program be continued, as it has been very successful ¨  However, this has to be reviewed, as the current model of giving grants is not sustainable on the long run ¨  An evaluation of the NYP should be quickly conducted before a review is done. We need to understand, what has happened? Where have we made progress if any? rotimi@youthhubafrica.org +2348057704111
  15. 15. Planning for Youth ¨  A new/Revised Youth Policy should contribute to a National Agenda: We wanted to be one of the 20 largest economies by 2020, will that change? ¨  The National Youth Policy for instance does not currently recognize Nigeria’s leadership role in Africa and how youth can play a significant role ¨  Spending 96% of the Youth Budget on the NYSC isn’t sustainable. Graduates represent a tiny fraction of youth rotimi@youthhubafrica.org +2348057704111

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