The Nigerian government has officially initiated a 27-member committee to revise the 2019-2023 National Youth Policy. According to Mohammed Manga, the Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development spokesperson, the committee’s inauguration aligns with the predetermined timeline for the policy review.
During the committee’s inauguration, Ismaila Abubakar, the ministry’s permanent secretary, emphasized the significance of developing a comprehensive Policy Document that would effectively guide the nation’s burgeoning youth population. He highlighted that the National Youth Policy is a Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development handbook outlining the government’s commitment to supporting its youth.
Mr. Abubakar further explained that the 2019-2023 edition of the National Youth Policy is nearing the end of its five-year period, which mandates a periodic review. Therefore, the committee’s work is crucial in initiating the process for the next policy edition.
The permanent secretary also mentioned the successful implementation of the current policy, which has enhanced youth inclusion, participation, and access to information, empowering them to be aware of their rights. The policy’s execution has been carried out through collaborations with civil society organizations, the private sector, and international agencies, with various programs and projects benefiting each of the six geo-political zones.
Recognizing the dynamic nature of human activities and Nigerian youth’s ever-evolving perceptions and actions, Mr. Abubakar acknowledged the need for a review to achieve better results. He specifically highlighted the age range of youth (15-29) in the current policy edition, which has sparked debates as it might need to fully align with the reality of Nigerian and African youth ages.
In light of these considerations, the government has sanctioned the initiation of the review process, tasking the committee to work diligently until February 2024. The committee’s primary responsibility is to produce an all-encompassing policy document that the government can effectively implement.
The committee’s additional tasks include overseeing the entire review process for the National Youth Policy 2024-2027 and ensuring the incorporation of youth concerns from each geo-political zone into the final policy document.