The Federal Ministry of Youth Development was established in February 2007 with the vision of empowering Nigerian youth to become “self reliant and socially responsible”. The Ministry ensures this by promoting the physical, mental and socio-economic development of the youth.
It provides sustainable framework for integrated planning and collaboration for the development of policies and programmes, and other initiatives that promote and enhance the development of young Nigerians.
The Ministry has six departments. These are: Network and Social Mobilization (NSM); Enterprise Development and Promotion (EDP); Education and Youth Development (EYD); Human Resources and Management (HRM); Finance and Accounts; and Planning, Monitoring and Information Management (PMI).
The Ministry’s mandate includes:
- to formulate, monitor and review the National Youth Policy.
- to articulate relevant programmes of action for youth development.
- to coordinate youth and monitor youth development activities at the three levels of government and collaborating partners.
- to collaborate with all stakeholders for the funding of youth activities.
- to create opportunities for the youth to be involved in decision making process in matters that affect them, the environment and the society.
- to inculcate in the youth, human rights values, social justice, equity, fairness and gender equality.
The Ministry also has oversight functions over two government agencies: the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and the Citizenship and Leadership Training Centre (CLTC).
The Federal Ministry of Youth Development has played its role as the advocate of the Nigerian youth effectively over the years and is poised to do more in future.