The Federal Ministry of Youth Development and Sports has expressed its willingness to partner with civil society organizations (CSOs) to improve the lives of young people.
Ismaila Abubakar, permanent secretary to the ministry, said this when he received the Being Young in Naija (BYIN) campaign team, a youth advocacy initiative of the Oxford Committee for Work in Progress (WiP) alliance. Famine Relief (OXFAM), during a courtesy visit. in Abuja.
The BYIN project, launched in 2020 by OXFAM and implemented by Chioma Chuka Consulting Services Limited (CCCSL), canvases for the full implementation of the national youth policy 2019-2023 (NYP).
Abubakar, who was represented by Bature Lami, the ministry’s deputy director of networking and social mobilization, said a partnership database will be created for youth-focused organizations.
She said recognizing the critical points of potential strategic partnerships in order to work and improve the welfare of young Nigerians is a top priority for the ministry.
“Write a letter to the ministry and be specific about how you want the ministry to come in,” Lami said.
In his remarks, Peter Akinnusi, Senior Program Officer at CCCSL, told the ministry that the BYIN project was formed out of concern for the implementation of the National Youth Policy.
He said part of the BYIN Project activities include engaging youth in various spheres and enlightening the public on key NYP policy issues.
Akinnusi noted potential areas of collaboration with the ministry, including helping to publicize its work, providing information on young people where needed, and sensitizing as many young people as possible about the opportunities available.
On his part, Princewill Ogbodo, Project Coordinator, Ongoing Work and SME Development Programme, Oxfam Nigeria, said the Being Young in Naija campaign aims to address the challenges of Nigerians and facilitate active action to help the ministry to achieve its goals.