By Daniel Idonor
ABUJA – The Federal Governmentâ€™s plan to set up a dedicated Youth Development Fund to finance the implementation of the programmes contained in the National Youth Policy has received the endorsement of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), Minister of Youth Development, Akinlabi Olasukanmi, has said.
Speaking on the details of the new five-year policy during interview session with newsmen in Abuja on Thursday, Olasukanmi said the framework of the Fund is being worked out by his ministry while a legal back up is to be provided with the transformation of the policy into a Youth Development Act.
The Youth Policy, he explained, is a product of several months of consultations with Nigerians and particularly stakeholders in the youth sector across the six geo-political zones during which solutions were proffered on issues and challenges confronting Nigerian youth.
The implementation process, according to him, will involve all tiers of government while the private sector is expected to key into the policy which will hopefully solve the problems associated with Nigerian youth in the five-year span of the policy.
His words: â€œI want to assure the nation that the policy sufficiently provides solutions to critical national phenomenon such as youth engaged in crime and delinquency; street youth; out-of-school youth; unemployed and under-employed youth; youth in conflict situations and illiterate youth
â€œThe policy document also covers traditional areas of youth development such as students in tertiary and secondary education, female youth, gifted youth, rural youth, sex workers as well as new areas such as youth in Diaspora and youth with disabilities”.