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Unemployment: FG launches youth employment action plan for job creation

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In an effort to minimise the risks  posed by rising youth unemployment and underemployment to national security the Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to mobilising the full energies and capacities of the youth in the country in line with global realities.

The Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Akin Dare made the disclosure Tuesday in Abuja at the occasion of the launching of the Nigerian Youth Employment Action Plan (NIYEAP 2021 – 2024,).

The Director Press & Public Relations
Mohammed Manga in a statement quoted the minister to have indicated thatthe  launching of the Nigerian Youth Employment Action Plan, is an expression of the commitment of the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration to continue to facilitate an enabling environment that will create about 3.7 million jobs annually.
This he said  is to achieve national development goals and sustainable economic growth in the country.

The youth he said, must and should be regarded as a viable investment that can yield positive benefits for all spheres of our socio-economic progress, rather than a group targeted for periodic empowerment interventions.

The Minister pointed out that youth unemployment has really assumed an uncomfortable proportion and that its effect has not only led to frustration on the part of the youth, but also, is the underlying cause of poverty and youth restiveness in the country.

“It is important to state that the economic and social consequences of youth unemployment transcend the youth group. It has also resulted in missed economic opportunities for the nation.
“This is because youth inclusion is about skilled human capital, social and economic stability, a vibrant and healthy labour force, which will also engender political stability and national growth and development”, Mr. Dare said.

He emphasized, that the Nigerian Youth Employment Action Plan is now being presented to stakeholders as a framework which will address fragmentation, promote synergy, mobilize resources, and deliver a comprehensive approach to youth employment interventions, through multi sector collaboration.

This he said is in realization of the importance of providing opportunities for sustainable economic engagement of youth.
The Minister explained that since his assumption of office, the Ministry has concentrated efforts on moving youth development interventions from the empowerment model to a sustainable system that emphasizes investment in youth.

He explained further that the Plan emphasizes the 4Es: Employability, Entrepreneurship Development, Employment Creation and Equality and rights, adding that it also details needed actions in support of employment creation for youth in critical economic and social sectors and outlines the financing, implementation, monitoring and evaluation frameworks.

“The priority themes of the plan, known as the 4Es are, “further delineated into strategic lines of action under each theme, with emphasis on sectors that have high job creation potential, such as Digital Economy, Rural Economy, Green Economy and Renewable energy sector, Manufacturing, Tourism, Construction and Services.

The Plan will also ensure the inclusion of partners across sectors and will create a robust partnership base through which my Ministry will ensure wider reach of youth employment programmes across the country”.

To ensure inclusion from the grassroots he said, the Ministry will also be convening zonal inception workshops on the Nigerian Youth Employment Action Plan, through which stakeholders from the 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory will be included in the implementation of the plan.

He therefore urged all stakeholders from the public, private sectors and development partners to take a risk and invest in youth for the purpose of economic growth and development, stressing, “I assure you that it will be worth it, with benefits for the development of our nation and the global community”.

Speaking earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Nebeolisa Anako, stated that the idea of the action plan is to provide kinetic solutions to the challenges of youth unemployment and restiveness through cross-sectoral collaboration.

He solicited the cooperation of stakeholders towards the full implementation of the action with a view to enriching the Ministry’s objective which is to achieve the goal of the initiative.

In a goodwill message, the UNIDO Representative to ECOWAS and Regional Director, Mr. Jean Bakole, said, “the launch of the Nigerian Youth Employment Action Plan is apt and came at a time when the world is facing a worsening youth unemployment crisis; due to the global COVID-19 pandemic that severely affected labour markets around the world”.

He commended the present administration and all stakeholders for collaborating to develop the Youth Employment Action Plan which also aligns with the SDG goals.

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Sports Minister urges Nigerian Army to Stop dehumanizing actions against NYSC members

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The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has urged all Army and Para- Military personnel to stop dehumanizing actions against Corps members across the country.
This was coming against the backdrop of an unfortunate incident that occurred on July 28, 2021 in Cross River State where a female youth Corps member was dehumanized as revealed in a video that went viral  on social media.

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development Sunday Dare further directed that henceforth close monitoring of all camps be intensified to avoid similar occurrences.

This was contained in a statement issued by the media office of the ministry on Friday.
The statement reads, “Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has received full briefing from the Director General of the NYSC about the unfortunate incident that occurred on July 28, 2021 in Cross River State where a female youth Corper was dehumanized as revealed in a video.

“The NYSC and the Army Authorities have since commenced investigation of the said  incident and the officer involved as evidenced by the statement released by the Army Authorities.

“The statement by the Nigerian Army DHQ describing the dehumanizing of the Corps member as highly unprofessional and unacceptable is welcomed.

“The Ministry also condemns in very strong terms this incident. We believe and have been assured that the Army with its discipline and commitment to professional ethics will make sure justice is served.”

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Nasarawa First Lady urges more women participation in golf

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Nasarawa state First Lady Silifat Sule, has urged more women to show interest in the game of golf to improve their physical and mental wellbeing.

Sule stated this at the kick off of the 1st Ladies Open Golf Championship taking place at the Lafia Golf Club Course on Saturday.

The maiden edition of the championship which commenced from September 3rd is expected to be concluded on Sunday, September 5th with award of prizes for winners.

About 200 amateur golfers, both ladies and men across the country are in the state to participate in the championship.

Sule after taking the Ceremonial Tee Off said she yearned to see more women in the state and across the country show more interest in golf so as to boost their profile in the sport and boost their physical and mental wellbeing.

“Please and please I want everyone especially our women, more women to come out and show more interest in golf.

“Golf is an interesting game with many benefits and if more women show interest and come out to play the game, we can make Nasarawa state and the country to be proud of us,” she said.

In an interview, Asibi Omeri-Ogabo, Lady Captain, Lafia Golf Club told newsmen that the maiden open championship had attracted female golfers from all over the country and would as she also want more women in the state to show interest in golf.

“I want to call on all Nasarawa state women to come out and join us in golfing because i will love to see us mingle together, play together, and enjoy ourselves together.

“Today, we are witnessing our 1st Ladies Golf Open and this has attracted women from across the country and so we will like our women in the state to also participate so they can also win prizes.

“We will like more of our women to come out and represent our state in the game. So after this event, we expect more women to come out and join the Lafia Golf Club. The registration fee is the lowest in Nigeria. It is just N20, 000,” she said.

She said the tournament is featuring amateur golfers from across the country who are competing for mouth-watering prizes in various categories.

“The tournament will feature Lafia amateur lady golfers from handicap 29 to 36, while the main competition will feature male and female golfers from handicap 0 to 28,” she said.

Omeri-Ogabo thanked the Nasarawa state Government under the leadership of Governor Abdullahi Sule for giving support to the club to organise the championship.

Dignitaries who attended the ceremonial Tee Off include Sheila Akabe, wife of the Deputy Governor, Emmanuel Akabe, Andoma of Doma, Alhaji Ahmadu Onawo among others.

The Lafia Golf Club Course is an 18 hole standard golf course with modern facilities

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FG scales up investment in the Nigerian youths to improve economic growth

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The Federal Government has said it will harness the potentials of the Nigerian youth on a sustained basis with a view to enhancing sustainable economic growth and development.
The Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Akin Dare made disclosed on Saturday in Lagos at the closing ceremony of the six-week training on Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP), organised by the Ministry across the 36 States of the Federation, including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Director Press and Public Relations Mohammed Manga in a statement quoted the minister to have said that deliberate and strategic investment in young people is required for the high percentage of the youth population in the country to become a demographic dividend.
“When the youth are positively engaged, there will be a reduction in the indices of crime and delinquency, which are factors that are inimical to national development efforts”, Dare said.
According to him, the approach of the Ministry has been the inclusion of youth employment as a priority segment of the National Youth Policy (NYP) for which a framework for implementation has been provided in the Nigerian Youth Employment Plan (NYEP).
He added that the agenda which will be launched in the next few weeks, will deliver a comprehensive approach to youth employment interventions through multi sector collaborations, that emphasize on the Four areas of Employability, Entrepreneurship Development, Employment Creation and Equal Opportunity.
“This framework will ensure the inclusion of partners across sectors and will create a robust partnership base through my Ministry that will ensure wider reach of youth employment programmes across the country.
‘With new challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, innovative solutions and a robust partnership are required to support youth participation in the process of rebuilding through deliberate and strategic investment that will lead to sustainable economic growth and transformation”, the Minister added.
According to him, the programme is an expression of the priority focus of the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration which is to among other things ensure “job creation for youth and to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next ten years”.
He therefore called on all Nigerian youth to take up the challenge for self-development that will support their inclusion in nation building.
He stated further that the youths have the potentials, talents and energy for skills development and other opportunities that will give them leverage in the global economy.
Dare explained further that the present Administration is committed to the task of youth development and will continue to provide an enabling environment and innovative solutions to challenges of youth in the country.
Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Nebeolisa Anako while distributing starter packs and other empowerment tools to the participants at the closing ceremony in Abuja, stated that the Ministry will continue to ensure full implementation of the programmes and projects of the Federal Government in line with the policy thrust of the present Administration.
He explained that the Ministry will continue to monitor their progress periodically to provide guidance and ensure compliance in line with the objectives of the programme.
Anako who applauded the Federal Government on its various interventions on youth empowerment, particularly the DEEL initiative which was conceived and launched by the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare, said that the programme was designed to ensure a coordinated mechanism that will employ strategies to enhance the competitive age of Nigerian youth with a focus on Digital Skills, Employability, Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Mentoring.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Director, Enterprise Development and Promotion Department of the Ministry, Mr. Gbenga Momoh  assured that participants will put the skills they acquired during the training into practice for the purpose of self-development so as to enhance economic growth.

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