As Nigerians continue to demand equal opportunity for all, gender equity, youth inclusiveness in governance and national development, the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief (OXFAM)-funded Work in Progress! (WiP!) Project, has launched a youth based campaign tagged #BeingYoungInNigeria to demand full Implementation of the National Youth Policy.
Addressing journalists during a virtual press briefing, WIP! Project Lead, Princewill Ogbodo, said the project which is being implemented by Chioma Chuka Consulting Services Ltd (CCCSL), aims to create employment opportunities, safe and suitable environment, and positive expectations about the future for young Nigerians.
Ogbodo further explained that the #BeingYoungInNaija project was not only launched to amplify the voices of young Nigerians, but also to highlight their experiences, challenges and the opportunities available to youths.
“The project underscores the need to engage government stakeholders on youth-oriented policies via collaborations with youth-led bodies, key government agencies and policymakers to achieve global action,” he noted.
Meanwhile, CCCL Technical Program Assistant, Tope Salami, while presenting a public petition for the implementation of the national youth policy, stressed that the Policy is a critical tool for youth development as it details the vision of any government for its youth and its strategies to achieve them.
“A National Youth Policy is a critical tool for youth development because it details the vision of any government for its youth and its strategies to achieve them”.
Salami who however expressed that the youths are not a homogeneous group in terms of needs and circumstances, pointed that the National Youth Policy broadly targets all young people in Nigeria between the ages of 15 and 29 years.
She therefore called on government at all levels to take bold steps to put the development and participation of youth at the center of national development efforts in Nigeria.