Nigeria solicits ILO’s support for youth entrepreneurship skills development

The International Labour Organization (ILO) Abuja and Federal Ministry of Youth Development (FMYD) commit to enhancing entrepreneurship skills development.

News | 10 October 2016
ABUJA (ILO News) – The International Labour Organization (ILO) Abuja and Federal Ministry of Youth Development (FMYD) commit to enhancing entrepreneurship skills development of the Nigerian youth and establishing a functioning youth employment network to address the issue of youth unemployment in Nigeria.

At a meeting between the two organizations on Thursday, October 6th, 2016, at ILO Office, Abuja, the Director of the ILO Abuja Country Office, Mr Dennis Zulu commended the long standing relationship between both institutions and previous discussions regarding enterprise training and capacity building. He assured the FMYD team led by the Director of Enterprise Development and Promotion (EDP) Department, Mr Luka Jonathan Mangset of ILO’s dedication to supporting the creation of an environment that allows for youth development especially through entrepreneurial and skills development.

He stated that through programs such as ILO’s Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB) ILO supports various partners including Nigerian Employers Consultative Association (NECA) and Nigerian National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in promoting entrepreneurship and will support FYMD in the same vein. Furthermore, he stated that the Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB) manuals were now easily accessible thereby simplifying the dissemination process of the program material.

National Youth Employment Action Plan

In his statement, Mr Mangset thanked the ILO for all its support to the Ministry. He informed the meeting that FMYD was working on the review of a Youth Policy and the National Youth Employment Action Plan which was developed with ILO support. In addition, he stated that the Ministry was working on an Inter-ministerial Committee meeting to discuss the coordination of interventions relating to Youth Employment at the National level as well as working on establishing a Youth Employment Network. He took the opportunity to request further support through training of its officials on SIYB to enable it achieve its mandate.

UN Nigeria Inter-agency Group on Youth Issues

In response, Mr Zulu assured the delegation of ILO’s commitment to working with FMYD to build its capacities, and improve youth employability. He stated that the United Nations in Nigeria was working on creating an interagency group focused on youth issues which would provide an access point for the FMYD’s Inter-ministerial Committee. The UN Interagency Group would collaborate with the Ministry to address unemployment issues in Nigeria.

He noted the importance of ensuring all stakeholders were involved in the Inter-ministerial Committee and ILO’s commitment to supporting the process. Mr Zulu stressed the importance of having a youth perspective in the National Employment Policy (NEP) that was being reviewed and invited the FMYD to ensure it provides input as the NEP was approaching validation.

In his concluding remarks, Mr Luka expressed gratitude for the assurances of ILO’s continued support especially as relates to SIYB. The ILO Director, underscored the significance of FMYD for youth development in Nigeria, the ILO’s commitment to supporting entrepreneurship development and the implementation of initiatives geared towards increasing access to employment opportunities to all, especially youths.

FMYD Background Information

The Federal Ministry of Youth Development was established in 2007 to provide a sustainable framework for integrated planning and collaboration among stakeholders for the development of policies and programmes, laws and other initiatives that promote and enhance the development of the Nigerian youth and the protection of their interests and to empower Nigerian youth to become self-reliant and socially responsible. The Ministry has six departments, one of which is the Enterprise Development and Promotion (EDP).