Un­em­ploy­ment: Min­istry to es­tab­lish Youth De­vel­op­ment Fund

Daily Trust - - WEEKEND - Youths at an event

The Federal Min­istry of Youth De­vel­op­ment has drafted a bill to pro­vide for the es­tab­lish­ment of a Youth De­vel­op­ment Fund, to tackle the chal­lenges of un­em­ploy­ment in the coun­try. The Min­is­ter, Mr Boni Haruna made this known in an in­ter­view with news­men on Tues­day in Yola.

“We have on ground a draft bill for the es­tab­lish­ment of Youth De­vel­op­ment Fund. This fund is meant to pro­vide for our youths, to ac­cess it and de­velop their skills,” he said.

Haruna said youths with bril­liant ideas would ac­cess the fund to set up businesses that would make them self-em­ployed and em­ploy­ers of labour.

The min­is­ter as­sured that the min­istry would con­tinue to co­or­di­nate the ac­tiv­i­ties of youth in the coun­try, who con­sti­tute more than 60 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion, to en­hance their con­tri­bu­tions to na­tion build­ing.

“If we can put in place pro­grammes that would take our youths off the streets, we would be do­ing our na­tion proud, be­cause all the se­cu­rity chal­lenges we are hav­ing, the co-ac­tors are es­sen­tially youths,” Haruna said.

On the Na­tional Youths Ser­vice Corps (NYSC), the min­is­ter said it would be re­or­gan­ised to pro­vide valu­able skills train­ing to corps mem­bers and open up sources of ac­quir­ing cap­i­tal to make them self re­liant.

Haruna re­it­er­ated the Federal Govern­ment’s com­mit­ment to pro­vide nec­es­sary poli­cies and pro­grammes to fast track youth em­pow­er­ment and em­ploy­ment.

The min­is­ter urged other tiers of govern­ment to pro­vide nec­es­sary ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion to their youths to em­power them to be­come re­spon­si­ble and use­ful cit­i­zens. (NAN)

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