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Groups implore Gov. Udom to sign the bill establishing the youth development fund

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Both the Youth Development Cluster (YDC) and the Nigerian Strengthening Civic Advocacy and Local Engagement (SCALE) Project have urged Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel to sign the Youth Development Fund Bill, which was approved in March 2019 by the Onofiok Luke-led State House of Assembly.

The organisations pointed out that the bill’s passage into law would make it easier to create a state youth development fund that would be able to sustainably fund youth development programs.

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This was said in a Communiqué that was published following a roundtable discussion with stakeholders on strengthening youth development policy framework in Akwa Ibom.

The cluster, which consists of the Youth for Change Initiative (YOFCI), Greater Tomorrow Initiative (GTI), and Youth Alive Foundation (YAF), bemoaned the high rates of crime and restiveness in the state as well as the prevalence of unemployment and unexplored economic potential for young people.

The statement advocated for the implementation of a state youth policy in Akwa Ibom that would give youth development in the state organization, strategy, carefully planned action plans, coordination, and sustainability.

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The meeting was intended to improve policy and program reforms for youths in Akwa Ibom State through support for the development and establishment of crucial policy frameworks in the State, according to the communiqué.

Facilitate the creation of a state youth development fund to sustainably fund youth development activities, which can be done right away by the governor giving his or her assent to the Akwa Ibom Youth Development Fund Bill that was approved by the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly under the leadership of Rt. Hon. Onofiok Luke in March 2019.

The group also decided that it is essential to give the creation and execution of a blueprint and master plan that will economically empower youngsters in the State top priority as the present administration comes to an end and the new one takes office.

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It further called for the unbundling of the Ministry of Sports and Youth Development in Akwa Ibom, lamenting the fact that more than 90% of the budget is allocated to sports rather than youth development, and it demanded proper budgetary planning where youth policy would be made for sustainability through the collaboration of MDAs.

The Akwa Ibom Youth Development Fund Bill’s well-articulated call for social protection as part of a long-term policy framework is an example of how young people should take charge of their future. a bill that adequately addresses social challenges such as poverty, unemployment, instability, social vices, and environmental injustice. The statement was added.

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