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  Alliance for Youth Nigeria empowering youths for sustainable dev Alliance for Youth Nigeria empowering youths for sustainable dev Analysis by Vivian Ihechu News Agency of Nigeria According to the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs youth employment and economic empowerment are essential components of a strong foundation in any society It says that while having decent work is crucial for young people and their future it also has a domino effect on local communities countries and the world as a whole While there is no universally agreed definition of the youth age group the UN says for statistical purposes however without prejudice to any other definitions made by Member States defines youth as those persons between the ages of 15 and 24 years As nations work toward achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development aimed at ending poverty in all its forms it has been identified that the active engagement of youths in sustainable development efforts is central to achieving sustainable inclusive and stable societies by the target date This will help in averting the worst threats and challenges to sustainable development including the impacts of climate change unemployment poverty gender inequality conflict and migration The call for youth empowerment is intensified considering the global economic challenges and the ravaging economic downturn biting hard on developing countries especially African countries where Nigeria belongs In Nigeria youth empowerment is hinged on the fact that more than half of the Nigerian population is made up of youths with about 70 per cent of the population poor and more than 29 5 per cent unemployed Also Nigeria is regarded as a youthful population with an average age of about 18 years according to United Nations 2020 population projections This may not be totally a minus if harnessed properly as a youthful population can have positive impact on a nation s economy and where it is neglected can have negative effect on all sectors of the economy Needless to say Nigeria s youthful population portends great economic potential hence the clamours for public and private sectors interest in empowering the youth to achieve demographic dividends from the youth population for sustainable development For instance Vice President Yemi Osinbajo emphasises the need to support the growing population of Nigerian youths in order to ensure that they do not become a liability in the future Osinbajo while formally declaring open a forum in 2018 pointed out that taking into consideration the statistics that Nigeria was the most populous nation in Africa with an estimated population of over 198 million expected to double by 2050 it was important for the country to grow its economy to avoid a population time bomb He said the Federal Government recognised the importance of investing in the growing economy and had therefore engaged many youths and graduates in its social intervention and empowerment scheme Lending support to building strong economic foundations for youths in Nigeria for sustained inclusive and sustainable economic growth the Alliance for Youth Nigeria programme aims to help 250 000 young Nigerians with the necessary skills to thrive in the world of work or create their own enterprise Launched in August 2021 the Alliance for Youth Nigeria has members including Nestl Nigeria Jobberman Nigeria The Big Bottling Company Ltd the United Nations Global Compact Network Nigeria UConnect HR Ltd and Sterling One Foundation L to R Gabriel Jacob Business Development Manager U Connect HR Limited Tumi Onamade Senior Manager Participant Engagement amp Programs United Nations Global Compact Network Nigeria Sunday Dare Honorable Minister of Youth and Sports Development Shakiru Lawal Country HR Manager Nestl Nigeria PLC Love Idoko Executive Director Activate Success International Partners include the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development signed on recently Lagos State Employment Trust Fund and Activate Success International The member and partner organisations of the Alliance for Youth Nigeria invest in joint and individual projects to give young Nigerians readiness for work training entrepreneurship training meaningful work experience internships and mentoring opportunities As such they contribute toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 8 to promote sustained inclusive and sustainable economic growth full and productive employment and decent work for all by 2030 Mr Shakiru Lawal Country HR Manager Nestl Nigeria PLC says youths are the future of our world and Nestl is determined and committed to working with stakeholders and likeminded organisations to help young people develop their skills so they can find jobs or create their own businesses Commenting on behalf of the Alliance at a partnership sign up with the Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development Lawal says We are delighted to have the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development on board as a Partner of the Alliance for Youth Nigeria At the inauguration of the Alliance in August 2021 we set for ourselves the huge objective of reaching 250 000 young Nigerians with employability and entrepreneurial skills within three years We remain committed to working together to address the challenges of youth unemployment in the country and as we continue to expand partnerships and collaborations we are assured that we are on the right track to the actualisation of our objectives Mr Sunday Dare the Minister of Youth and Sports Development in his remarks says the onboarding of the ministry as a partner of the Alliance is significant and timely as government alone cannot address the huge challenge of youth unemployment I commend the Alliance for choosing a different and unique path making investments in young Nigerians and giving them opportunities to create wealth It is imperative that Nigerian youths equip themselves with the necessary skills to give them an added advantage and enable them to become better positioned for decent work said Dare Commenting on the initiative Naomi Nwokolo Executive Director of UN Global Compact Network Nigeria says Our one year anniversary is proof that advancing decent work for youths requires unprecedented levels of collaboration between key partners The Alliance serves as a catalyst for reducing unemployment and promoting youth independence in order to increase labour and economic productivity in Nigeria L R Ahmed Alaga Program Manager Jobberman Nigeria Lanre Coleman General Manager U Connect HR Limited Tumi Onamade Senior Manager Participant Engagement amp Programs United Nations Global Compact Network Nigeria Shakiru Lawal Country HR Manager Nestl Nigeria PLC and Goke Olaleye Marketing Manager Big Bottling Company Limited On why the youth should be empowered the NPC Chairman Alhaji Nasir Kwarra says attention must be given to the economy and wellbeing of youths and women to achieve demographic dividend The Marketing Manager of The Big Bottling Company Ltd Goke Olaleye says Investment in young people supports economic empowerment of the nation and the world at large Looking at the gains of the Alliance so far it has given employability and entrepreneurial trainings internship and mentoring opportunities and job placements to no fewer than 11 000 young Nigerians within one year of its inauguration For instance the Alliance on the 2022 International Youth Day announced the conclusion of a vocational skills training programme reaching no fewer than 350 young Nigerians in Lagos and Kano States The training which covered four skillsets Solar panel installation Graphics Design Designs social media and web design CCTV and Cable installation and Beauty Care make up aromatherapy and massage was delivered in collaboration with Whitefield Foundation The vocational skills training is one of the projects of the Alliance designed in accordance with the Alliance s objective of reaching 250 000 young Nigerians with employability and entrepreneurial skills to enable them secure gainful employment or set up businesses of their own within three years Some of the projects delivered include Soft skills training covering personal effectiveness and time management effective communication business etiquette employability skills emotional intelligence for NYSC and fresh graduates in November 2021 reaching 590 persons On soft and employability skills training covering critical thinking and problem solving creativity and idea generation developing the right mindset for the world of work effective communication etc in May and June over 9 600 NYSC members in Lagos Kano Ogun and FCT orientation camps were reached Employability trainings for fresh graduates in April and June covering career positioning personal brand marketing building winning resumes developing interpersonal skills developing an entrepreneurial mindset etc were delivered reaching over 610 youths Also on vocational skills training areas explored included solar panel installation graphics design designs social media and web design CCTV and Cable installation and Beauty Care make up aromatherapy and massage in Lagos and Kano States in August with over 350 youths reached In addition to trainings some high flyer beneficiaries of the programme have been gifted start up kits to ensure the immediate take off of their businesses Items given included laptops make up tool kits and massage beds complete toolboxes for installations among others Commending on the effort and investment of the Alliance in promoting economic opportunities for young Nigerians the Special Assistant to Dare Oluwakemi Areola in a statement said in the next 10 years jobs would evolve from the traditional model It is imperative that Nigerian youths equip and upskill themselves with the necessary skills digital and vocational to give them added advantage and keep them better positioned for the continuous benefit of decent work he said High flyers of the vocational skills training and recipients of start up kits from the Alliance A beneficiary Oluwakemi Olatunfe who participated in the training in the Beauty category commended the Alliance for providing the unique opportunity for the training and upskilling of young Nigerians In summary with over 13 9 million youths unemployed and millions in unstable employment and underemployed in Nigeria young people need the right skills and experience to help them in a rapidly changing economic landscape And the Alliance for Youth Nigeria has demonstrated its commitment to investment in young people for a better future The Alliance for Youth Nigeria is providing an environment of learning where young Nigerians acquire 21st century skills that will increase their chances of getting employed or becoming self employed This is important as according to Innih Ikhide Youth Engagement and Learning Manager Jobberman Nigeria the youth in every society have the potential to stimulate economic growth social progress and national development In addition the youth are the future of the nation and every investment towards their employability engagement and empowerment is very critical for the society s good and sustainable progress says Mr Lanre Coleman General Manager U Connect Human Resources Limited NewsSourceCredit NAN
Alliance for Youth Nigeria empowering youths for sustainable dev.

Alliance for Youth Nigeria empowering youths for sustainable dev.

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Analysis by Vivian Ihechu, News Agency of Nigeria

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Department of Economic and Social Affairs

According to the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, youth employment and economic empowerment are essential components of a strong foundation in any society.

It says that while having decent work is crucial for young people and their future, it also has a domino effect on local communities, countries and the world as a whole.

Member States

While there is no universally agreed definition of the youth age group, the UN says for statistical purposes, however, “without prejudice to any other definitions made by Member States – defines ‘youth’ as those persons between the ages of 15 and 24 years.

Agenda for Sustainable Development

As nations work toward achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, aimed at ending poverty in all its forms, it has been identified that the active engagement of youths in sustainable development efforts is central to achieving sustainable, inclusive and stable societies by the target date.

This will help in averting the worst threats and challenges to sustainable development, including the impacts of climate change, unemployment, poverty, gender inequality, conflict and migration.

The call for youth empowerment is intensified considering the global economic challenges and the ravaging economic downturn biting hard on developing countries, especially African countries where Nigeria belongs.

In Nigeria, youth empowerment is hinged on the fact that more than half of the Nigerian population is made up of youths, with about 70 per cent of the population poor and more than 29.5 per cent unemployed.

United Nations

Also, Nigeria is regarded as a youthful population with an average age of about 18 years, according to United Nations 2020 population projections.

This may not be totally a minus if harnessed properly, as a youthful population can have positive impact on a nation’s economy and where it is neglected, can have negative effect on all sectors of the economy.

Needless to say, Nigeria’s youthful population portends great economic potential, hence the clamours for public and private sectors’ interest in empowering the youth to achieve demographic dividends from the youth population for sustainable development.

Yemi Osinbajo

For instance, Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, emphasises the need to support the growing population of Nigerian youths in order to ensure that they do not become a liability in the future.

Osinbajo, while formally declaring open a forum in 2018, pointed out that taking into consideration the statistics that Nigeria was the most populous nation in Africa, with an estimated population of over 198 million, expected to double by 2050, it was important for the country to grow its economy to avoid a ‘population time bomb.

Federal Government

He said the Federal Government recognised the importance of investing in the growing economy and had, therefore, engaged many youths and graduates in its social intervention and empowerment scheme.

Alliance for Youth Nigeria

Lending support to building strong economic foundations for youths in Nigeria for sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, the Alliance for Youth Nigeria programme, aims to help 250,000 young Nigerians with the necessary skills to thrive in the world of work or create their own enterprise.

Launched in August

Launched in August 2021, the Alliance for Youth Nigeria, has members including Nestlé Nigeria, Jobberman Nigeria, The Big Bottling Company Ltd., the United Nations Global Compact Network Nigeria, UConnect HR Ltd., and Sterling One Foundation.
 

Gabriel Jacob

L to R: Gabriel Jacob, Business Development Manager, U-Connect HR Limited Tumi Onamade, Senior Manager, Participant Engagement & Programs, United Nations Global Compact Network Nigeria Sunday Dare, Honorable Minister of Youth and Sports Development Shakiru Lawal, Country HR Manager, Nestlé Nigeria PLC Love Idoko, Executive Director, Activate Success International 

Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development

Partners include the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, signed on recently, Lagos State Employment Trust Fund and Activate Success International.

Alliance for Youth Nigeria

The member and partner organisations of the Alliance for Youth Nigeria, invest in joint and individual projects to give young Nigerians readiness-for-work training, entrepreneurship training, meaningful work experience, internships and mentoring opportunities.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goal

As such, they contribute toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 8 – to promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all by 2030.

Shakiru Lawal

Mr Shakiru Lawal, Country HR Manager, Nestlé Nigeria PLC, says, “youths are the future of our world and Nestlé is determined and committed to working with stakeholders and likeminded organisations to help young people develop their skills so they can find jobs or create their own businesses.

Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development

Commenting on behalf of the Alliance at a partnership sign up with the Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development, Lawal says: “We are delighted to have the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development on board as a Partner of the Alliance for Youth Nigeria.

Alliance in August

“At the inauguration of the Alliance in August 2021, we set for ourselves, the huge objective of reaching 250,000 young Nigerians with employability and entrepreneurial skills within three years.

“We remain committed to working together to address the challenges of youth unemployment in the country and as we continue to expand partnerships and collaborations, we are assured that we are on the right track to the actualisation of our objectives.

Minister of Youth and Sports Development

Mr Sunday Dare, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, in his remarks says the onboarding of the ministry as a partner of the Alliance is significant and timely as government alone cannot address the huge challenge of youth unemployment.

“I commend the Alliance for choosing a different and unique path, making investments in young Nigerians and giving them opportunities to create wealth.

“It is imperative that Nigerian youths equip themselves with the necessary skills to give them an added advantage and enable them to become better positioned for decent work,” said Dare.

Naomi Nwokolo

Commenting on the initiative, Naomi Nwokolo, Executive Director of UN Global Compact Network Nigeria, says: “Our one-year anniversary is proof that advancing decent work for youths requires unprecedented levels of collaboration between key partners.

“The Alliance serves as a catalyst for reducing unemployment and promoting youth independence in order to increase labour and economic productivity in Nigeria.


 

Ahmed Alaga

(L – R) Ahmed Alaga, Program Manager, Jobberman Nigeria; Lanre Coleman, General Manager, U-Connect HR Limited; Tumi Onamade, Senior Manager, Participant Engagement & Programs, United Nations Global Compact Network Nigeria; Shakiru Lawal, Country HR Manager, Nestlé Nigeria PLC and ‘Goke Olaleye, Marketing Manager, Big Bottling Company Limited. 

Nasir Kwarra

On why the youth should be empowered, the NPC Chairman, Alhaji Nasir Kwarra, says attention must be given to the economy and wellbeing of youths and women to achieve demographic dividend.

Marketing Manager of The Big Bottling Company Ltd

The Marketing Manager of The Big Bottling Company Ltd., ‘Goke Olaleye, says: “Investment in young people supports economic empowerment of the nation and the world at large.


Looking at the gains of the Alliance so far, it has given employability and entrepreneurial trainings, internship and mentoring opportunities and job placements to no fewer than 11,000 young Nigerians within one year of its inauguration.

International Youth Day

For instance, the Alliance, on the 2022 International Youth Day, announced the conclusion of a vocational skills training programme reaching no fewer than 350 young Nigerians in Lagos and Kano States.

Graphics Design

The training, which covered four skillsets – Solar panel installation, Graphics Design (Designs, social media and web design), CCTV and Cable installation, and Beauty Care (make-up, aromatherapy and massage), was delivered in collaboration with Whitefield Foundation.

The vocational skills training is one of the projects of the Alliance designed in accordance with the Alliance’s objective of reaching 250,000 young Nigerians with employability and entrepreneurial skills to enable them secure gainful employment or set up businesses of their own within three years.

Some of the projects delivered include Soft skills training, covering personal effectiveness and time management, effective communication, business etiquette, employability skills, emotional intelligence, for NYSC and fresh graduates in November 2021 reaching 590 persons.

May and June

On soft and employability skills training, covering critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and idea generation, developing the right mindset for the world of work, effective communication etc, in May and June, over 9,600 NYSC members in Lagos, Kano, Ogun and FCT orientation camps were reached.

April and June

Employability trainings for fresh graduates in April and June, covering career positioning, personal brand marketing, building winning resumes, developing interpersonal skills, developing an entrepreneurial mindset etc, were delivered, reaching over 610 youths.

CCTV and Cable

Also, on vocational skills training, areas explored included solar panel installation, graphics design (designs, social media and web design), CCTV and Cable installation, and Beauty Care (make up, aromatherapy and massage), in Lagos and Kano States in August with over 350 youths reached.

In addition to trainings, some “high flyer” beneficiaries of the programme have been gifted start-up kits to ensure the immediate take-off of their businesses.

Items given included laptops, make-up tool kits and massage beds, complete toolboxes for installations among others.

Special Assistant

Commending on the effort and investment of the Alliance in promoting economic opportunities for young Nigerians, the Special Assistant to Dare, Oluwakemi Areola, in a statement, said in the next 10 years, jobs would evolve from the traditional model.

“It is imperative that Nigerian youths equip and upskill themselves with the necessary skills (digital and vocational) to give them added advantage and keep them better positioned for the continuous benefit of decent work,” he said.
 

High flyers of the vocational skills training and recipients of start-up kits from the Alliance. 

Oluwakemi Olatunfe

A beneficiary, Oluwakemi Olatunfe, who participated in the training in the Beauty category, commended the Alliance for providing the unique opportunity for the training and upskilling of young Nigerians.

In summary, with over 13.9 million youths unemployed and millions in unstable employment and underemployed in Nigeria, young people need the right skills and experience to help them in a rapidly changing economic landscape.

Alliance for Youth Nigeria

And the Alliance for Youth Nigeria has demonstrated its commitment to investment in young people for a better future.

Alliance for Youth Nigeria

The Alliance for Youth Nigeria is providing an environment of learning where young Nigerians acquire 21st century skills that will increase their chances of getting employed or becoming self-employed.

Innih Ikhide

This is important as according to Innih Ikhide, Youth Engagement and Learning Manager, Jobberman Nigeria, the youth in every society have the potential to stimulate economic growth, social progress and national development.

Lanre Coleman

In addition, the youth are the future of the nation and every investment towards their employability, engagement and empowerment is very critical for the society’s good and sustainable progress, says Mr Lanre Coleman, General Manager, U-Connect Human Resources Limited.
 

NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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