Ministry of Youths and Sports partners ILO and other stakeholders to deliver NIYEAP

The employment market for Nigerian youths is about to receive a boost as the federal government is set to create 3.7 million jobs annually through joint efforts with the private sector in several priority areas with high job creation potentials.

Tuesday the 14th of September  2021 will be a day the Nigerian youths will live to remember as Nigeria’s Minister of Youths and Sports Development,  Mr. Sunday Dare, joined the International Labour Organisation,  ECOWAS, AECID and other stakeholders in Abuja to officially launch of the Nigerian Youth Employment Action Plan, NIYEAP, 2021-2024.

<In his speech the minister said he is exiting about this project as the Nigerian Youth Employment Action plan is an expression of the commitment of the Federal Government of Nigeria to facilitate an enabling environment for job creation for youth, under the leadership of His Excellency, President Muhamadu Buhari.

He stated that Minister, the development of NIYEAP 2021-2024 followed the expiration of NIYEAP 2009-2011, which despite its modest achievements has outlived its relevance in view of current realities.

NIYEAP, which  was developed with technical assistance from the International Labour Organization, ILO, and support from ECOWAS and the Spanish Development Agency, is to promote decent jobs for youths.

It is also expected to contribute to the achievement of the job creation target of the National Youth Policy(2019) to create 3.7 million jobs annually.

Mr Dare noted that the goal of the plan is to address youth employment challenge in a comprehensive and coordinated manner by mobilizing the full energy and capacity of the youth to achieve national development goals, with a view to minimizing the risk to national security and development posed by rising youth unemployment and underemployment.

In a speech by the Director, ILO Office for Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Liaison Office for ECOWAS Ms. Vanessa Lerato Phala, she said It is a great pleasure to join the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development and other key stakeholders in the area of youth employment at the launch of the Nigerian Youth Employment Action Plan for the period 2021 to 2024 as Youth employment remains one of the defining challenges of our time. She noted that t<span;>he pandemic has also disrupted education and training as Young people have been affected through the closure of schools, universities and technical, vocational education and training institutions, and through the interruption of work-based learning, such as apprenticeships and traineeships. This has implications on the transition from school, vocational training or university to the labour market as well as for the longer-term employment prospects, wages and skills development.

In addition to the address by the Honourable minister, Ms. Vanessa Lerato Phala said the NIYEAP aims to contribute to the achievement of decent, productive and freely chosen employment for young people by complementing and reinforcing existing policy commitments and national development priorities. It was developed in a consultative manner and intends to bring relevant stakeholders together to create synergies and complementarities among their respective interventions.

The NIYEAP also serves as a commitment under the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth, a multi-stakeholder partnership to advance the implementation of youth-employment-related targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

This project will identify strategic lines of action for “four Es” which are Employability, Entrepreneurship, Employment, and Equality and Rights to address the challenge of youth employment through effective implementation.

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