FG commences the review of youth development policy with key stakeholders

Dr. Jamila Bio Ibrahim, Hon. Minister of Youth Development during the Youth Critical stakeholders parley today May 15, 2024.
Dr. Jamila Bio Ibrahim, Hon. Minister of Youth Development during the Youth Critical stakeholders parley today May 15, 2024.

The federal government has taken comprehensive and proactive approach in addressing the challenges facing young people in Nigeria by launching a thorough review of the youth development policy.

Dr. Jamila Bio Ibrahim, the Minister of Youth Development, shared this important initiative during an interactive session with critical stakeholders from the 36 States including FCT in Abuja. The session, themed ‘Leadership and Public Policy: Grassroot Mobilisers – The Challenges and Remedies through Remodeling’, highlighted the government’s commitment to youth development.

Dr. Ibrahim emphasized the need for input from all critical stakeholders before presenting the draft of the Youth Development Policy to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for approval. The government aims to involve all relevant parties in the process of establishing sustainable solutions to the prevalent issues, particularly by ensuring accessible financial resources for the younger generation, meaningful inclusion of youth, and addressing the requirements of individuals with special needs.

“We cannot progress without a comprehensive Youth Development Policy. Upon our arrival, we encountered an outdated policy, prompting us to devise programs and initiatives that actively engage young people and allow them to influence policy decisions.

“The current administration is committed to fostering trust between young people and the government. To achieve this synergy, we must wholeheartedly be committed to delivering on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s “Renewed Hope Initiatives” as promised”, she stated.

Hon. Abbah Isah, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on People with Special Needs and Equal Opportunities, emphasized that 40 percent of Nigerian youth living with disabilities face significant hardships, including limited access to basic social amenities, economic instability leading to financial hardship, and inadequate healthcare services.

He also highlighted other challenges that this demographic encounters on a daily basis.

Furthermore, Abah, expressed his appreciation for Mr. President’s for unwavering dedication to ensure that all segments of society receive the necessary support and attention within the framework of the ‘Renewed Hope Agenda’ of his administration.

In his closing remarks, the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry, Dr. Dunoma Umar Ahmed, thanked the participants and stated that the interactive session will be a continuous engagement with critical stakeholders across the country.

Omolara Esan
Director (Press & PR)