Youths Inclusiveness Towards Sustainable National Development – Arewa Youths
Sustainable development has been defined in some many ways, but the most frequently used definition is from the Brundtland report of 1987 which defined sustainable development as “The development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of the future generation to meet their own needs”
Youths’ inclusiveness towards sustainable national development enables the youths to understand the concept of needs which aims at raising living standards of the current generation with minimal impact on that of the future. That is the involvement of youths in economical, environmental, social and political development of the nation.
STATEMENT OF FACT:
With the world population of over 3 billion youths; a population that is nearly half of the world population and developing countries accounting for almost 90 percent of this youths population. Nigeria has a youth population of over 43 percent of the country’s population which means it has a youth’s population of about 72 million.
Governments around the world are increasingly encouraging inclusive youth participation through policies, programmes and decision making which are in true recognition of the fact that youths are very important agents in country’s national development. But here in Nigeria, the opposite seem to be the case as little efforts are being put in order to explore and tap the potentials that are hidden in the increasing youth population in the nation.
ISSUES FROM THE STATEMENT OF FACT:
I. Youths’ exclusion from policy making and inadequate youth’s representation in decision making process.
II. Youths neglected as agents of peace building and conflict prevention.
- Youths’ employment not regarded as a fundamental block to attaining sustainable national development.
ARGUMENT IN SUPPORT OF ISSUES FOR DETERMINATION
I. Youths Inclusion in Policy and Decision Making:
The involvement and engagement of youths in policy formulation and implementation processes has been minimal despite the numerical strength of the Nigerian youths and the fact that youths are those mostly affected by poverty, unemployment, hunger, environmental degradation and all forms of social sufferings and injustices. The youths should be involved in strengthening governmental institutions at all levels and promoting transparency and accountability in governance through youth’s inclusive participation in decision making. This can be achieved through proper youth’s representation which would ensure youth’s perspectives and views being heard.
II. Recognition of Youths as Agents of Peace Builders:
Nigerian youths have great untapped peace building potentials and should be seen as a resource rather than a problem, Nigerian youths are innovative and creative in problem solving and solution finding, they should be recognized as active agents of change and peace building in our nation by increasing youths resilience and socio-political engagements by all relevant authorities.
- Youths Employment
Nigeria having unemployment rate of 54 percent of youths population as reported in the “2012 National Baseline Youth Survey Report” and issued by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in collaboration with the Ministry of Youths Development, having the females accounting for 51.9 percent as compared to their male counterpart with 48.1 percent unemployment rate. With such statistics, rapid intervention and approach is necessary in order to create jobs for the increasing youth population so that the nation’s assets can be built by these youths thereby achieving a sustainable national development.
The reliefs being sought by Arewa Youths for Change and Empowerment Association are as follows:
- The inclusion of youths in all governmental development policies and decision making.
- Establishment of proper, functioning and effective channels of communication between the youths and the government at federal, state and local level.
- Engagement of youths as active partners and future leaders who can help in making the nation sustainable as a whole.
- Qualified graduates must be assured of employment by the government upon completion of the mandatory National Youth Service.
- Youths should be given a minimum of 40 percent as the representation quota in government and should be adhered to strictly.
Arewa Youths for Change & Empowerment Association
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