The Senate will on Monday hold a roundtable dialogue on youth
unemployment and development in the country to review the efficacy of
policies, programmes and other interventions intended to reduce the
political marginalization and support the development needs of today’s
The Media Office of the President of the Senate, in a statement in
Abuja noted that Nigeria’s recent economic downturn has exposed the
challenges that millions of young people face in starting their lives
and finding their rightful place in society.
It stated that while youth unemployment rates are at historic highs,
efforts to diversify the economy has created uncertainty about the
skills building and training needs tomorrow’s work force needs to
"Youth development has serious political, economic and social
implications for Nigerian society," according to the statement, "This
is a critical issue that requires the collaboration of government, the
private sector and civil society. All must come together to listen,
discuss and better understand how central youth development is to our
country’s overall stability and national security.
"For this reason, the Senate has decided to conduct a roundtable to
hear from the public and private sector, ideas for moving the issue of
youth development to the center of the national discussion about
Nigeria’s political and economic future. Not only is Nigeria
changing, but the world is rapidly becoming more competitive and
The Senate, it added, has invited ministries, departments and agencies
(MDAs) that implement the Federal Government’s youth development and
Also, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and private sector
organizations that are on the frontline of youth advocacy and
programme activities would participate.
Besides, panelists will discuss their missions related to youth
development and share insights about the challenges they are facing
with programme implementation in the face of the current affairs
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