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FG commences review of youth development policy with key stakeholders 

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

Minister of Youth Development, Dr. Jamila Bio Ibrahim, shared the initiative during an interactive session with critical stakeholders from the 36 states of the federation and the FCT in Abuja.

The session, themed ‘Leadership and Public Policy: Grassroots Mobilisers – The Challenges and Remedies Through Remodeling’, highlighted the government’s commitment to youth development. 

Dr. Ibrahim emphasised 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.

A press release by the director, press and public relations of the ministry, Omolara Esan, quoted the minister as saying: “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 Upon our arrival, we encountered an outdated policy, prompting us to devise programs and initiatives that actively engage young people and allow them to influence policy decisions.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.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on People with Special Needs and Equal Opportunities, Hon. Abbah Isah, emphasised 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.