February 28, 2024

At in-dependency in 1960, the Nigerian inhabitants was about 50 million. Presently we’re an estimate 158 million, that means that 120 million Nigerians are beneath the age of 43 years. If these above 60 years are solely about 38 million, it subsequently means these between the ages of 18- 43 years are the bulk. That’s about 110 million. Registered voters are at present 130 million based on Electoral Fee of Nigeria, clearly greater than half of these eligible to vote are 18 years and above. The pertinent query is subsequently: the place are the remainder of potential voters as out of the 110 million registered voters, solely lower than 80 million voted in 2007?

The arduous truth can’t be bailed out, as greater than 142 million folks by the Nigerian legislation are eligible to vote, excluding the ex-convict and the de-franchised.

Then the next moral summations are put down figuratively:

o 20 million youth aged 18 and above haven’t any Id playing cards robotically eliminating them from the voting course of.

o A big variety of them haven’t any start certificates subsequently they don’t exist.

o Majority (34.3%) of the youth who’ve votes are apathetic to the entire course of. They really feel their voting wouldn’t make a distinct.

o For the youth that vote, majority (32 million) vote for the incorrect causes equivalent to: electing leaders from their ethnic teams although they don’t advantage, electing those that have dished out essentially the most cash, peer strain and sometimes strain from one’s household to vote for specific chief as a block.

o A big proportion of the youth watch on the periphery as they’re blind to the significance of being in political social gathering particularly within the mainstream politics have been essential selections a few nation are made.

o Civic training has but to totally integrated and emphasised that there are youth who’re nice leaders and advantage an opportunity.

As for these youth in mainstream politics, they face the next:

o Patronage; the place senior social gathering members don’t create areas for the youth to play essential roles within the political events.

o Lack of clear political social gathering ideology and worth system that guides the operation of the social gathering and the conduct of its members indiscriminately particularly on age and gender.

o Ethnicity the place membership of most political events is dictated by ethnicity stemming from the founders of the events or the people which might be funding it. This has prompted chaos, and plenty of heartache for youth who discover themselves barred from progressing or taking part in essential roles. The shift of loyalty, mistrust, corruption and vertical solidarity determines who will get what inside the political events.

o Gender discrimination has had a detrimental influence on younger women inside the events whose participation is restricted and their contribution unrecognized. The tradition of violence, mud slinging and character assassination has discouraged many competent younger women from totally partaking in politics.

o Lack of assets, particularly funding political actions and sustaining the required mechanisms.

When it comes to the employment course of, identical to the political course of and construction growth paradigm, younger folks have the very best price of unemployment and in some ways are essentially the most susceptible to the social depredations which might be attributable to unemployment and poverty. On the similar time they’re the promise of the longer term, and failure to put money into the younger era imposes nice constraints on the potential for future growth. Whether or not it’s investing within the creation of respectable work for younger folks which boosts the financial system and lowers the demand for social providers, or whether or not or not it’s supporting peer to see fashions of HIV/AIDS training, or supporting youth in creating meals safety for his or her group, analysis has proven that investing in youth brings about more healthy youth and more healthy communities


The federal Authorities and its Amnesty group of trustees, and different stakeholders equivalent to NGOs, CLO and different Personal donors are a multi-faceted technique that focuses on recognizing the on-going work of youth on the important thing city problems with: financial growth; city peace and battle; HIV /AIDs; and environmental degradation. These 4 areas that has turn out to be paramount a leverage to resolving the endless nationwide and regional conflicts each non secular and economically motivated, that 73% perpetuated by the Youths. The core of the SC technique is the popularity that youth have the capability to be meaningfully engaged in city growth programmes. The SC via varied youth growth initiatives will probably be a automobile to mobilize assets to help these most marginalized youth populations in initiating and sustaining youth led programmes.

Technique 1

Creation of city based mostly youth useful resource centres that immediately help youth led growth points, such because the Youth Improvement and rehabilitation, a program arrange by varied states and native authorities in Nigeria, particularly obvious within the Nigeria Delta, Western, Northern and Japanese geopolitical zones of the nation. The main target of those hubs will probably be an area for youth to prepare youth-led programmes within the space of financial growth, prevention of violence, and supply of training and providers on HIV /AIDs. This technique is additional outlined beneath.

Technique 2

Coaching youth as peace builders: The World Youth Report 2009 states {that a} majority of warfare takes place in creating nations, significantly in Africa, the place an estimated 200,000 younger troopers between the ages of 10 and 24 threat their lives in the midst of armed battle willed by adults. Even in nations not suffering from armed battle, the youth have usually been misused within the political enviornment. Whereas their vitality and enthusiasms are highly effective instruments in selling social or political points, they’re additionally susceptible to being misled and misused, usually resulting in disruptive outcomes. Youth must be concerned in violence prevention methods, not simply battle response methods. Youth can take the lead. There’s additionally an implementation technique via collaboration between Federal authorities businesses (MYA) and their subs, native and nationwide youth organizations, NGOs and native authorities targeted on creating efficient and sustainable fashions for city youth growth and employment in Nigeria.

Plans are actually in place to help within the design of different areas/states of the nation since by advantage of its implementation in Niger Delta with the next targets:

Goal of the SC Youth Centres Challenge:

– To encourage partnerships with related stakeholders within the supply of youth growth;

– To extend information, expertise and angle change of younger folks;

– To answer academic, socio-economic, leisure, emotional and psychological wants of younger folks in an built-in means;

– To encourage youth to have better possession of growth;

– To supply management and mentorship to younger folks.

Six Key Areas of Intervention:

1. Employment and Entrepreneurship: To construct capability of youth to take part successfully in city poverty discount via coaching and by providing employment alternatives in self-employment, formal and casual sectors.

2. Governance and Advocacy: To boost youth contribution in the direction of higher governance by selling elevated youth participation in native authorities issues, significantly these regarding youth growth.

3. Well being: To supply providers geared toward stopping and fixing reproductive well being issues amongst the youth by provision of knowledge, expertise coaching, training on reproductive well being, counseling and referral providers.

4. Communication and Data: To ascertain mechanisms to successfully talk and disseminate data to youth, youth organizations and different companions concerned in youth work.

5. Setting and Useful resource Administration: To strengthen youth engagement within the safety and enchancment of the surroundings by selling their participation in environmental justice and governance initiatives.

Wants for monetary help:

– Set up satellite tv for pc useful resource centres in casual settlements

– Outline and provoke employment creation programmes, micro-credit programmes

– Allow extra well being providers to be supplied free

– Construct extra networks and partnerships each regionally and internationally

– Present the library with books and data

– Present computer systems for workplace work and web entry

– Construct employment coaching programmes together with international mentoring and monitoring

– Set up a youth belief/small grants programme for entrepreneurship

This partnership has been constructed with the intention to be taught from one another greatest practices relating to how you can handle the variety of challenges dealing with youth in the present day in city communities, methods to allow them to make sustainable selections, and the inter-generational switch of values.


A nation will add a feather to its cap and technique of its growth will proceed if its bold, agile, virile and robust youths are guided on the fitting route. The youths of a nation are highly effective. They’re agile and are inclined to work, however it’s normally seen that the youths are unable to yield desired outcomes for need of correct steering.

Consequently, no matter they do neither it provides satisfaction to them nor does it fulfill the wants of the nation. Beneath these circumstances to talk of the welfare of Youth in Nation Constructing, and Human Capital Improvement is meaningless; till precedence is giving to its articulate program that may set them in vogue.

The very fact is that after independence the successive generations did not carve the trail of progress on proper traces, merely due to the innocuous poor articulation of youths in authorities’s actions to make sure future selections by way of continuity. The ethical query is, how can a nation be developed if its youths, those that are keen to undertake any type of work, one would solely however think about how strenuous it will likely be, if they aren’t guided correctly?

It should in the end lead to a chaotic scenario just like the one we’re confronted with, equivalent to the problems of youth restiveness within the Niger Delta and in different components of Nigeria and Africa. The society is split and trapped within the cob-web of issues. Self curiosity has turn out to be dominant, corruption is rampant and what alarms us most is that the nationwide character is on decline.

With the intention to attend to the issue prevalent with youth restiveness and their function in nation constructing within the area, there may be want for general human capital growth. As a result of growth brings collectively the manufacturing and distribution of commodities, and the enlargement and use of human capabilities. For youth to guide a protracted and wholesome life there may be want for mental and socio-economic enlightenment on their rights, thereby creating these articulate acumen to navigate their paths in accessing assets wanted for his or her respectable residing, and their involvement in Nation Constructing. That is the place investing in human useful resource growth amongst the timid youths of the Niger Delta, as a part of the Federal Authorities’s “Operation Youth for Nation Constructing” technique is imperatively of utmost concern and urgency. There isn’t any acquire saying however that the productive capability of youths is wider than all different types of wealth taken collectively, which maybe is the centerpiece of this caption.

In my earlier paper offered on the lunching of the Edo State’s Directorate of Youth Affairs and Social mobilization; a part of the paper quotes as follows:

The issue of youth restiveness is a mirage till lately when a coalition of civil liberty Group, NGOs, Authorities and different worldwide businesses expressed largesse concern over Youth International growth as they collectively and genuinely search to handle the ills and disproportionate spur of Youth affairs in authorities and their apartheid in Nation Constructing; equivalent to within the Niger Delta and different components of the nation, with regard to Militancy, sectarian and non secular violence, Illiteracy, unemployment, disempowerment and so forth.

Usually talking, a number of militants and youth leaders won’t maintain the ace on how the answer to the financial, socio-political and environmental issues of the Niger Delta area and its timid youth. Nonetheless if the area’s leaders and consultant of varied group are actually honest within the ongoing peace course of, their actions are able to making a vacuum within the financial mainstream and survival of our federal hegemony – Nigeria. With the intention to facilitate regular and speedy youth capital and human growth; there may be want to handle the next:

a. Provision of adequate mechanism and infrastructure to spice up youth capital initiative and sustainable growth.

b. Provoke programme for youth interactive periods and mental mannequin within the dialogue of points equivalent to youth restiveness, the society and financial growth of youths in nation constructing, an agenda that displays on the youth.

c. Discussing and articulating applications to quell corruption, political irresponsibility amongst political consultant, and inefficiency inside authorities methods and weak social security.

d. Resolution to uplifting the meager standing of the youths in points equivalent to starvation, illiteracy, unemployment and financial disempowerment must be resolved, and applications must be arrange at varied quarters to attend to those issues.

With the above paradigm, completely different strategic indicators must be put in place to imagine its full mandates of youth capital growth by ending restiveness, militancy, violence and all types of disaster within the Niger Delta area, each internally motivated, nationally alleged, or some kind of ‘Worldwide Oil Conspiracy’. Though it is usually pertinent to comment that on the root trigger and impact of youth battle within the Niger delta and elsewhere in Nigeria is as a result of excessive incidence of state failures over time to handle sure financial, political and sociological points affecting and reflecting albeit Youth Improvement. Nationwide leaders as an alternative of focusing extra on the federal course of that brings about equitable growth throughout the nation. The Nationwide Leaders are over indulging in paraphelia Federal construction which is suppresses the idea of peace constructing, and reneging Youth growth in Nation Constructing.

The lack of the Niger Delta states to fulfill its main social obligation notably youth and different socio-economic growth provision and upkeep of inside order in addition to its unconcealed order for misrule, epitomize a complete failure of nationwide management course of and construction inside and with out.

Regardless that the youths of Niger Delta is wholly or partly marginalized and displaced, the historic pivotal causes of youth restiveness, which includes of 96% youth pressure in Niger Delta area is nonetheless attributable to the antecedent of greed, political ambition and individualized trigger. This after all is an emphasis on the disunity that has rocked the area’s leaders, and mainly for the dearth of varied established group’s dedication within the area’s politics, because the leaders should not accountable and clear; or just, militant teams finds it tough to deal with a standard purpose, imaginative and prescient and beliefs of the area’s lengthy nationwide and financial deprivation over time, that makes the disaster appear much more complicated, tactical and harmful.

Allow us to give a serving to hand to the younger era, uplift their morale to allow them to revive the nationwide character and to hold on the method of nationwide upliftment. Additionally it is our obligation and if we’re indifferently disposed to it, we’re definitely disregarding our obligation in the direction of the society and nation. Beneath such circumstances, we’ve got no proper to provoke peace course of, as a result of if we can not discover folks in ourselves, subsequently discovering peace in others is unimaginable.

Encourage the youth in nation constructing is one thing that’s character oriented, and if our leaders in authorities despise these salient points, then it’s obvious that they’re taking advantage of the violence, and the present nationwide quagmire.


From the above analogy and largesse, the explanation for CLO, NGOs and authorities participation within the facilitation in the direction of ending the conflicts within the area between militants and multinational companies on one hand, Authorities and Militants/Youths Leaders then again, and coalition of the keen to stop additional disaster within the area, which homes the leaders and consultant from Multinational Oil Firms, Stakeholders within the peace course of, the Authorities, civil liberty group and the worldwide group on one other finish, is to place an finish to the violence and under-development within the area. The State and Federal authorities demonstration of amnesty initiative is a welcome growth, and must be embraced by all stakeholders within the space with the intention to sue for dialogue.

The political independence is important for the upliftment of a nation, however it isn’t the tip. A lot is to be achieved on social and financial fronts. In all probability, the political independence was thought to be the last word purpose. Due to this fact, the modern era of youths was not given any particular guide-line; with the consequence that they had no information of their duties in the direction of the society or the nation. To keep away from additional deterioration of the scenario, it’s essential to information the youths in proper route, in order that they could interact themselves with the duty of finishing the unfinished technique of upliftment of their nation.

The duty of making ready the background and making a congenial surroundings on this respect lies with the intellectuals and the leaders of society. But when the leaders via pleasure and private ego fail to appreciate these information, then we’ll proceed to embark on the enslaved marigold issues.

Individually, the federal government, NGOs and CLOs have been attempting to mediate and facilitate peace course of within the space via a number of MDGs tasks, sustainable initiative with communities within the area, and to barter with youth leaders, warlords; who due to lack of cooperation and misplaced agenda have been preventing themselves over ethnic, non secular and political issues and never due to the plight of their folks (Asakitikpi, 2007). These are certainly explanation why any type of peace course of within the space has failed, why the Amnesty initiative of the federal authorities and real stakeholders within the Niger Delta is not going to work, if these leaders via a discussion board of honest peace builders in step with authorities’s plans for growth don’t come collectively via consensus.

Asakitikpi went additional:

“The headline which quote Alhaji Dokubo as stating that ‘we should management our assets’, counsel the he – Dokubo isn’t preventing for the rights of his folks to have management their assets, however for highly effective people like himself”.

Going by Asakitikpi’s analogy, it’s to say that whereas there aren’t any real youth leaders, aside from illustrious personalities like Isaac Adaka Boro, Professor Ake and their likes; the way during which a number of the claimed freedom fighters, Militants (MEND) and co, Youth Leaders and their varied administrative constructions are composed is to not say past measure, unacceptable. Literarily we’re all conscious of the bunkering episode that introduced a few of these leaders to monetary fame, and the prison actions to transform federal and state legal guidelines into private enterprise. One should rapidly re-visit the differentiation between respectable management construction and a mob operated scheme, which at sure time terrorized the inhabitants of their communities those that stood of their means of justices and legality. These Militants leaders that preaches irrelevancy of the amnesty package deal in the present day have been additionally instrumental to the constructing of the muse together with militarized financial misnomer of the antecedent of navy regime, the shortcoming of a good society throughout the area. Will it not be refuted with regard to the rationality of those leaders’ real course for growth within the space, once they have been actors within the vandalization of the ethical and financial good of their host communities; whereas circumventing their folks and taking part in the gimmicks with Multinational Firms and shady authorities officers? In my Ernest opinion, these leaders that may reject the amnesty initiative of the Federal authorities are the actual terror of the area, and they need to face the complete blow of the legislation.

That is indicative of Alhaji Asari Dokubo’s current nationwide actions as per the disaster within the area, and his docile and incurrent acumen to totally comprehend the dynamics and sincerity as an in-depth mythology of the peace constructing and Youth growth initiative of the area. The explanation for this train is, for each the Federal Authorities, MNCs, NGOs, CLOs and Militants Teams to admittedly compensate the folks of the area of the havoc melted on them, for the lengthy years of financial degradation, political marginalization, financial deprivation, and barricading terror weighed on them by each Army operations of the Federal Authorities of their drive to get rid of Militants, and Guerilla warfare on them by Militants.

By Nation Constructing, empowerment of Youths in its complete ramification is more likely to result in human capital growth which in flip is expresses to scale back the tendency in the direction of anti-social behaviours that impacts societal norms, ethics and values. Youth growth isn’t about enhance capability by way of information and talent acquisition as pronounced in so many organizations’ mission statements these days, fairly it equally requires that people have entry to capital in order that their technique of livelihood may very well be sustained and realized. A good society the place there’s a broad hole between the wealthy and poor creates the situation for desperation and the undermining of societal values as people will do something doable to avert poverty by any means. This must be discouraged by making a discussion board for filling these society gaps, equivalent to authorities’s focus on youth growth in nation constructing, as they’re the leaders of tomorrow, and the workforce of current and really close to future.


This venture conception was initiated, partly, to explain why a “shift in method” has been advocated for a way we handle youth points on this nation. We’re going to be specializing in the methods during which differing factors of view have converged to type the sphere of optimistic youth growth in current Nigerian centric polity. With the twenty first century’s “discovery” of childhood and adolescence as particular durations during which kids must be given help to be taught and develop, society assumed an elevated sense of duty for the care of its younger folks.

Will increase in juvenile crime and issues about troubled youth led within the 2007 of the graduation of the Yar ‘Adua Administration at first of main federal funding initiatives to handle these points, which is collectively packaged and handle in a number of initiative to booster youth sensitization and Nationwide identification. These traits accelerated throughout the 2008, as did nationwide charges of poverty, financial degradation, and different unhealthy authorities insurance policies which certainly has been instrumental to violence; therefore unlucky returns to Nation constructing. Within the abstract put ahead by (Nicholas Idemudia et al (2006) An Essay on the Nigerian Political society 🙂

But once more, with the spectacular analysis carried out within the early a part of 1995 – 1996 by tow foremost American students and researchers;

Modifications in socialization forces which have traditionally nurtured the event of youngsters – particularly within the household – necessitate reconceptualization of faculty and group practices to help the household in its mission to lift profitable kids (Hernandez, 1995, from Weissberg & Greenberg, 1997: 5).

Any Youth Improvement and Outreach Program ought to search to advertise the participation and management of Nigerian Youths and younger folks within the growth technique of nation constructing. The aim wherefore must be to spotlight the worth that younger folks can play within the effort to construct a area with steady democracies, sustainable economies, and equitable societies. By establishing alliances with the private and non-private sectors, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and youth, the federal government and all stakeholders ought to emphasize participation and management, entrepreneurial growth, expertise, and group service to the tip of:

Empowering younger folks to turn out to be concerned of their private growth and that of their communities, and advocating youth growth and participation as an integral a part of growth; mainstreaming youth growth and participation all through the nation’s Ministry of Youths Affairs operations, and selling inter-organisational partnerships to advance youth growth and participation.

Though is tough to implement at first hand, but with systematic efforts to implement actualization, the federal government via what this analysis materials can provide give consideration to points which can end up as efficient than every other implementation one might imagine match for Youth consciousness marketing campaign technique.

Actions ought to embody:

(1) YOUTH AND CAPACITY BUILDING: Capability constructing, which includes creating coaching, initiatives and tasks that develop the managerial, technical, entrepreneurial, and management expertise of youth, in order that they could turn out to be actors within the growth course of fairly than the themes of that course of. Facilitation of communication amongst youth within the type of a regional community of greater than 13.5 Million youth leaders and social entrepreneurs throughout Nigeria actively engaged in socio-economic actions who will function brokers for growth of their communities must be a authorities in any respect ranges funding planning. Within the space of outreach and communications, the creation of public consciousness among the many basic public, authorities businesses, and the non-profit and personal sectors on the contributions and worth of youth participation and growth. As well as, the programme ought to develop communication instruments and promote the very best practices and mannequin programmes of youth growth via conferences, audiovisual supplies, publications, tv programming, press articles, a quarterly publication, and The Youth Improvement and Outreach web site equivalent to these of the Nationwide Youth Council of Nigeria and a number of other others.

(2) INTER-ORGANISATIONAL COLLABORATION: The creation of strategic alliances with public, personal, and non-profit sectors to advocate for efficient youth participation as brokers for growth in that area via data trade, venture collaboration, useful resource mobilisation, and dissemination of greatest practices promotion of the significance of Inter-Regional collaboration and inter-agency partnerships to raised reply to the wants of youth illustration of the MYA within the Geopolitical Working Group on Youth Improvement (GPWGYD)), a consortium of Nationwide donor businesses (equivalent to philanthropist, Governments, and nationwide NGOs) that helps new approaches to optimistic youth growth and participation in Niger Delta and Nigeria as a Nation. Intra-agency mainstreaming, that’s, the event of inside alliances with different departments and MYA parastatal Places of work to combine youth growth and participation into the Federal authorities via the MYA’s mission and venture pipeline, and Coverage advocacy and formulation that promotes a supportive coverage surroundings for youth growth and participation by partaking in coverage formulation initiatives with different companions.


It’s now apparent that the way forward for Nigeria lies in good management and people accountable are with out dispute younger leaders. All of us agree that good governance, democracy, constitutionalism and nation constructing are closely formed by the standard of a rustic’s politics. If the way forward for Nigeria lies within the youth, how then can house be created within the mainstream politics to appreciate it? Allow us to take the antecedent of Ghanaian political scene for instance.

The overarching purpose of the current Administration’s initiative is to mobilize and harness the considerable assets of Nigeria’s youth in the direction of bettering the standard of life in cities and cities with a view to empower susceptible city youth teams for improved socio-economic inclusion and growth.

Imperatively, a brand new daybreak has emerged the place the luxurious of comfortably sitting again and complaining as youth has lengthy gone. Nigeria can not proceed being a continent of succession with out successors, youth leaders are the very best various. With regard to the researches carried out over time, each in Nigeria, United States, Europe, Asia, The Caribbean and South America, a number of the ahead embody:

o Authorized backing via Political Occasion Payments, a powerful Nationwide Youth Coverage and lobbying for Affirmative Motion Payments for the youth (The MYA has via the Federal initiative calculated efforts to make this doable amidst its Nationwide Agenda).

o Methods on useful resource mobilization to help potential youth election candidates, civic training with a particular deal with the vital function of youth, networking and coordination of youth actions to type a platform the place we communicate in a single voice and push our agenda, working with media for the advantage of youth and constructing their capability as leaders who work with and for the folks they signify and thus, the group on the grassroots. Encourage youth to hitch sound political events.

o Youth need to develop good management expertise and be taught from others. Apply management that allows optimistic transformation in our nations.

o Focus and scope of management shouldn’t be restricted to politics and nationwide degree; it ought to transcend boundaries into regional and worldwide ranges. We should always have the ability to have competent youth representatives in such our bodies. It’s crucial to adapt universally accepted worth methods, broaden our information by exposing ourselves to what youth leaders and leaders from different age-groups and nations are engaged in, be taught and adapt what works greatest.

With the intention to implement the youth initiative each nationally and regionally, all of the stakeholders in youth consciousness and mobilisation ought to kick-off with their very own fashion of marketing campaign coupled with statutory funding; the place agenda are specified and accessed by a committee. A key focus of those partnerships will probably be to take the native initiatives of youth nationally as expression by the Mission assertion of the Nationwide Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) and the Nationwide Youth Initiative Discussion board (NYIF), and that is to make sure it deliver all of them, collectively to a degree during which they are often shared with different youth, researchers and coverage makers. This effort is exclusive in its method in that it begins from the assumption that youth are brokers of change inside their communities. Most growth programmes see youth as being the issue, on whom growth programmes can repair. They deal with youth as passive receptors, unable to behave, and needing to be acted upon. This in current time have been refuted, gnashed at and fought with the final youth blow ever identified. It’s unacceptable, and any political course of that encourages such a false impression and misrepresentation of the ideology of the youth because the fountain of nation constructing is doomed to fail, and analysis signifies that such a course of will proceed to fail.