YOUTH PARTICIPATION AND NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: A NIGERIAN PERSPECTIVE

YOUTH PARTICIPATION AND NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: A NIGERIAN PERSPECTIVE

Authors

  • JEREMIAH TERSUR VAMBE

Keywords:

Youth Participation, National Development, , Empowerment, Skills, Exclusion

Abstract

According to 2006 Census the youthful population constitute over 70 percent
population. Therefore, this quantum of population is a great asset for national development if
they are harnessed and utilized in the right direction. However, events over the years have
shown that attention by successive governments to youth has not been sufficient and more needs
to be done considering the role they can play in development. The paper made use of secondary
data which was obtained mainly from documentary sources such as textbooks, Journal articles,
official gazettes, conference papers and internet. The data generated was analyzed using
content analysis. Findings revealed that youth in Nigeria are pushed to the edge of the society
and prevented from participating fully in national development by virtue of their limited
political inclusion, high levels of poverty; and limited access to health systems, educational
opportunities and decent jobs. The paper concludes that Nigerian youth if properly equipped
with requisite intellectual, moral, social and other relevant skills can provide leadership in
Agriculture, Industry, Government and economic development projects. The paper
recommends that deliberate efforts should be made by government at all levels to improve
access to quality health care; provide the youth with new ways of thinking, creating, promoting
quality education; and with science, technology and innovation systems that can offer new
knowledge, allowing them to participate fully in national development.

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Published

2023-08-08

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