- Young people in Nigeria are constantly yearning for opportunities to contribute their quota to society
- Some Non-Governmental Organisations in the country have taken it upon themselves to help out those in such situations
- A nationwide Youth Challenge Fund has been launched by Connected Development, Youth Hub Africa and Christian Aid Nigeria
Connected Development (CODE) in partnership with Youth Hub Africa with support from Christian Aid Nigeria on Friday, March 13 launched a nationwide Youth Challenge Fund that will provide grants to young people to deliver innovative solutions to identified challenges in their communities.
Legit.ng gathered that the project seeks to increase youth participation in community development to ensure young people become partners and leaders in society.
The organisers say they are concerned with the marginalization of young people in Nigeria's governance structures.
The beneficiaries have been charged with creating a sustainable change that is measurable within their communities.
Speaking during the launch, Christian Aid Nigeria country director, Charles Usie said: The fund is in recognition of the immense capacity of young people to address some of the growing developmental challenges across many communities in Nigeria, giving the opportunity & needed resources.
On his part, CODE's CEO, Hamzat Lawal said governments at all levels in the country must understand the growing importance & potential of young people and their contribution to nation-building.
He called for increased funding, education & technical support to enable Nigerian youth greatly impact on the country's future.
He also urged the federal government to increase the nation's GDP by channelling funds for petrol subsidies into youth enterprises and fulfil its obligation to the youth by increasing youth participation on all policies that affect young people.
Lawal noted that young people make up 60 per cent of the Nigerian population, stressing that Nigeria is in dire need of community change-makers.
Aso speaking Afees Agboola, from Youth Hub Africa, made reference to the inclusive and detailed nature of the selection process to ensure that the initiatives represent the most vital sectors of the economy ranging from agriculture to education, health as well as social accountability and a focus on people with disabilities
CODE’s Project lead, Lucy James stated that young people have some of the most promising solutions to contemporary problems.
Through funding from Christian Aid Nigeria, CODE will sub-grant the selected organisations with a total of Thirty thousand (30,000) pounds for their innovation to solve some of the difficult challenges limiting young people.
A total of 120 applications were received before the organisers settled for six entries with those who were keen on working in marginalized communities favoured.
The timeline of the pilot phase for the projects is six months and organisers say they will provide mentorship to the beneficiaries.
Responding to Legit.ng's question about keeping tabs with the winners to ensure monies received are well spent, Lawal said there will be an on-the-spot assessment of the projects and joint visits to the six geo-political zones of the country where the projects will be carried out.
In a related development, a non-governmental organization, Osasu Show Foundation, has launched its Women and Girls Empowerment program which aims to close the persistent gender equality gaps in society.
The initiative was launched on Tuesday, March 10 in Abuja, with the aim to close the persistent gender equality gaps in society.
In attendance at the event were the minister of women affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, former minister of youth and sports, Dr Bolaji Abdullahi and presidential aide, Maryam Uwais.
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