Calling for improvements to youth employment policies in Nigeria

November 10, 2022| Abuja, Nigeria

One of Nigeria's key interventions aimed at increasing economic stability and financial security for young people aged 18-35 are Youth Employment Programs (YEP). Local PEP researchers presented recommendations to improve the effectiveness of youth employment programs at a national policy conference.

November 10, 2022 – A team of local PEP researchers held a national policy conference to share findings on the effectiveness of several youth employment policies and programs at a national policy conference.

The team brought together 29 decision-makers, policy stakeholders, academics, and representatives of civil society for their event. The key policy stakeholders in attendance were a representative from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, the Deputy Director of Planning, Research and Statistics, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and the Pioneer Director General of the West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM). 

Dr. Oluwasola E. Omoju shared findings and recommendations from the team's PEP project evaluating youth employment policies in Nigeria. He explained that youth employment policies and programmes aimed at reducing joblessness are ineffective on their own because other factors and public policy issues also affect employment outcomes. The team then shared findings showing how youth employment programs could be improved. In particular, youth employment policies should be integrated into long-term national economic and social development plans.

During the discussion and question-and-answer session, audience members actively participated, and the Director of Employment and Wages, who heads the department in Nigeria responsible for labor and employment issues, stated that she hopes some of the findings from the team's research will help them improve policies, particularly in the area of coordination.

Two journalists attended the event, Sunday Isuwa from the Leadership Newspaper and Naomi Sharang from News Diary Online, raising the profile of the team's results and recommendations among the general public.

The research team organized the event with financial and advisory support from PEP and the Mastercard Foundation's Youth Africa Works initiative.


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