The Federal Government has established a committee of twenty seven men to commence immediate review of the 2019-2023 National Youth Policy.
Mohammed Manga, Director of the Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Information & Culture, unveiled this in a signed statement on July 26, 2023.
Speaking at the inauguration, Alhaji Ismaila Abubakar, the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development, mentioned that the objective of the review is to capture the necessary support for youth.
He said, “The National Youth Policy, like other government policies, is the handbook of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development’s guide on youth development as it represents the declaration of the Nigerian Government to the practical support it intends to give to its youth.”
He added, “The 2019-2023 Edition of the National Youth Policy is in the last lap of its journey, especially as the policy itself stipulates a 5-year periodic review, hence the need for the commencement of this process.”
Highlighting the NYP achievements, Alhaji Ismaila disclosed that implementation of the 2019-2023 Edition of the NYP by the Federal Government includes Youth inclusion, participation, and access to information, which enables them to know their rights.
He mentioned the Ministry in collaboration with other stakeholders has launched public enlightenment and publicity that enabled NYP to reach grassroots.
“The various programmes and projects were also implemented across the six geo-political zones in line with the policy thrust of government,” Alhaji Ismaila said.
He explained further that the periodic review of the NYP guidelines has become imperative, particularly due to the dynamic nature of human endeavour, which he emphasised is not static. “It is the dynamic nature that has prompted the review of the guidelines in human activities in order to get better results.
The Permanent Secretary noted, “There have been a lot of changes in the perception and actions of Nigerian youth towards government policies in the last five years, especially in this era of Information Communication Technology (ICT).
“Besides, the age range of youth (15-29) in the current Edition of the NYP has generated a lot of debate and controversy, as it appears to fall short of Nigeria cum Africa youth age reality; thus the justification for the review to address the current situation.”
The Permanent Secretary explained that the government has approved the commencement of the review process with the formation and inauguration of the Committee, which is expected to work from now to February 2024.
The statement reads further, “While charging the Committee to bring their wealth of experience to bear in ensuring that they produce a one stop shop Policy Document for implementation by government, he stated that other terms of reference for the Team is to amongst others; oversee the entire review process of the National Youth Policy 2024-2027 until its launching; ensure integration of youth concerns from each geo-political zone into the final policy document;
ensure that the new policy is in tune with global trends; supervise the various consultations with stakeholders during the review process; as well as bring up any other activity that will add value to the process.
“Alhaji Ismaila commended all relevant stakeholders for their support in ensuring the success of previous reviews as well as implementation of the editions.
“The Permanent Secretary therefore called on development partners and other relevant stakeholders to put all hands on deck, work assiduously and note “that it is our collective responsibility to continue to ensure youth issues are mainstreamed into National Agenda.
“He assured that the Ministry will not only continue to maintain open doors to partnerships and collaborations but also repose confidence on the ability of the team to live up to its task of producing a new Policy for Nigerian Youth in line with the policy thrust of the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led Administration.
“Responding, the Chairman of the Committee and Director, Education and Youth Development EYD), in the Ministry, Alhaji Kabiru Mohammed assured that the Committee will work tirelessly and also bring their wealth of experience to bear with a view to providing Nigeria with the best policy document in recent times for our teeming youth in line with global best practices.”