The Federal Government has inaugurated a 38-member steering committee to review the National Youth Policy (NYP), covering 2019-2023.
Dr. Jamila Bio-Ibrahim, the Minister of Youth Development, conducted the virtual inauguration and emphasized that the National Youth Policy serves as a national framework for youth development.
She highlighted the policy’s importance in guiding the ministry’s operations and aligning with President Bola Tinubu’s administration’s Renewed Hope Agenda for the youth.
The Minister expressed the ministry’s commitment to engaging stakeholders across the six geopolitical zones during the review process, ensuring inclusivity and addressing evolving needs, challenges, and opportunities facing young people.
The committee’s mandate includes developing a policy that broadly addresses youth priorities in education, employment, health, and civil engagement, focusing on inclusivity, modern technologies, and social considerations.
“Committee members are expected to apply international best practices and draw valuable insights from sources like the UNESCO Youth Policy Toolkit.
“The review will involve various activities, including developing an inception draft, consultative meetings with stakeholders, and a national validation workshop for the final draft document.
“The revised policy will be presented for approval to the National Council on Youth Development and the Federal Executive Council,” the minister said.
The minister expressed confidence in the committee’s capabilities and urged them to dedicate their utmost effort to this important national assignment.