Group advocates inclusion of youth in Nigeria’s 2050 agenda

Nigerian Youth Futures Funda leadership initiative of the MacArthur Foundation and the Ford Foundation, says it has begun working with relevant parties to develop a youth-focused plan that it hopes to pass to the Nigerian government for inclusion in its 2050 Agenda. The group met with youth leaders and organizations Wednesday in Abuja at a workshop to discuss and validate their plans and framework. In 2020, the government appointed businessman Atedo Peterside and finance minister Zainab Ahmed as co-chairs of a committee to develop Nigeria’s new development plan, themed Agenda 2050. President Muhammadu Buhari said a key goal of the plan is to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty over the next decade, in a country where young people make up 70 percent of the population. Formed in 2021, the NYFF said its mission is to enable young people to take leadership roles and help drive social change through political engagement that would shape national development. Dayo Olaide, deputy director for Nigeria at the McArthur Foundation, said the initiative was motivated by the need to channel the formidable energy of Nigeria’s youth into national development. “The main consideration for us is that there seems to be an awakening among young Nigerians and our motivation is to make our resources available to help harness that energy and direct it in a way that is productive,” he said. Participants in the workshop. He said: “In the last 20 years, it is clear that democracy is working only for the minority. That is not sustainable. It’s dangerous, and unless we start to reverse that, we may be approaching a major democratic crisis. We urgently need everyone to benefit from democracy.” Opeyemi Oriniowo, NYFF project leader, said the project’s thematic focus is on agriculture, health care, ICT and entrepreneurship, media, civic associations and education. Mr. Oriniowo said the initiative was created to empower and empower youth in Nigeria for youth leadership, activism and social change. ALSO READ: WiseYouth: Do Africa and its youth need another UA project? “The workshop was to bring together the youth of Nigeria behind the National Vision process towards developing an agenda/manifesto that will overcome the heterogeneous nature of demographics,” he said. Following Wednesday’s deliberations, event participants resolved to work together to develop a youth agenda for further integration into Nigeria’s 2050 Agenda; push for a redefinition of ‘youth’ that is applicable to the Nigerian context; develop a structural framework that allows greater participation of young people in the interior and the informal sector. Organizations with representatives at the workshop include: Connected Development, YIAGA Africa, Budgit, Youngstars Foundation, ElectHER, TechHER, Teenage Network, Madiba Foundation for Good Governance, YouthHubAfrica and New Voices NG. Others are: Startup Bill Secretariat, Center for the Study of African Economies, Project Palladium Scale, Kimpact Development Initiative, Ignite Africa Challenge, Project Pink Blue, Education as a Vaccine, SunShine Series NG, See -Hear Initiative and Ability Plus Initiative. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Group advocates inclusion of youth in Nigeria’s 2050 agenda