Buhari govt launches programme to reduce youth unemployment in Nigeria

Muhammadu Buhari

The President Muhammadu -led on Tuesday launched the Youth Employment Action Plan (NIYEAP 2009-2011).

The government reiterated its commitment to mobilize the energies and capacities of the youth to minimise the risks to national security posed by unemployment.

Minister of Youth and Sports , Dare said the launch confirmed the commitment of the administration to continue to facilitate an enabling environment that will about 3.7 million jobs annually.

He stressed that youths should be regarded as a viable to yield positive benefits for all spheres of our socio-economic progress, rather than a group targeted for periodic interventions.

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“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 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”, Dare said.

The minister said since he assumed , the has concentrated efforts on moving youth development interventions from the empowerment model to a sustainable system.

He added that the action plan emphasizes the 4Es: Employability, Entrepreneurship Development, Employment Creation and Equality and Rights.

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The 4Es are further delineated into strategic lines of action under each theme, with emphasis on sectors that have high creation potential.

They include Digital Economy, Rural Economy, Green Economy and Renewable sector, Manufacturing, Tourism, Construction and Services.

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