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Youth Minister Launches Revised Youth Employment Plan, Targets Unemployment Reduction Annually

Minister of Youth And Sports Development, Sunday Dare today launched the revised Nigerian Youth Employment Action Plan (NIYEAP) 2021-2024 which was described as a bold step to address the challenge of youth unemployment in a comprehensive and coordinated manner.

The NIYEAP developed with technical assistance from the International Labour Organisation (ILO), support from Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Spanish Development Agency is designed to promote decent jobs for youth through joint efforts in several priority areas with high job creation potential for young people.

The Minister emphasised that the need to mobilize the full energies and capacities of the youth to achieve national development goals and minimize risks to national security posed by rising youth unemployment and underemployment, were part of the reasons for the development of the Nigerian Youth Employment Action Plan in 2009, for which the review process commenced in the year 2017 and was concluded in 2019.

“The revised NIYEAP for the period 2021 to 2024, aims to address the youth unemployment challenge in a comprehensive and coordinated manner. The review process was an attempt to benefit from lessons learned, build on existing frameworks and strategies, align interventions, create synergies, and involve all relevant stakeholders in the identification of priority areas of interventions on youth employment. The plan also aims to contribute to the achievement of the Job creation target of the National Youth Policy, which is to create 3.7Million Jobs annually for the period, 2019 to 2023”, the Minister stated.

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Dare revealed that that priority themes of the plan are broken down into the 4Es: Employability, Entrepreneurship Development, Employment Creation and Equality and rights whilst it 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.

To achieve the desired results, the priority 4Es theme of the plan 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 NIYEAP will also ensure the inclusion of partners across sectors and will create a robust partnership base through which the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development will ensure wider reach of youth employment programmes across the country, the Minister added.

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