Fed Govt Targets 3.7m Job For Annual Youth Employment Scheme

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The Federal Government has divulge the Nigerian Youth Employment Action Plan (NIYEAP) to supply the enabling environment for job creation for youths.

The government said the revised NIYEAP for the period covering 2021 to 2024 is aimed at addressing youth unemployment in a comprehensive and coordinated manner.

Youth and Sports Development Minister Sunday Dare, who launched the scheme yesterday in Abuja, said the scheme showed the commitment of the Federal Government to creating an enabling environment for the creation of jobs for youths.

He said: “The revised NIYEAP for the period 2021 to 2024 aims to address youth unemployment challenge in a comprehensive and coordinated manner.

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The review process was an attempt to benefit from lessons learnt, build on existing frameworks and strategies, align interventions, create synergies, and involve all relevant stakeholders in the identification of priority areas of interventions on youth employment.

“The plan also aims to contribute to the achievement of the job creation target of the National Youth Policy, which is to create 3.7 million jobs annually for the period 2019 to 2023.”

The minister recalled that since he assumed office, his ministry had concentrated efforts on moving youth development interventions from the empowerment model to a sustainable system that emphasises investment in youths.

He said youths must and should be regarded as a viable investment that can yield positive benefits for all spheres of our socio-economic progress, rather than a group targeted for periodic empowerment interventions.

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