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Nigerian Youths
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By Edet Ikotidem

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The future of Nigeria depends on the youth and their engagement in politics. In 2016, Nigeria’s population was approximately 206 million people, meaning that the country has the highest youth population in Africa.

Over 80 million Nigerians are youths between the age of 18 to 40 years and according to analysts, this large population of people would determine who becomes the president in 2023.

They make up about 70% percent of unemployed Nigerians within the same period, despite being literate and trainable for one job or another. It is also important to note that there are a large number of young people who are neither in school nor in employment.

The unemployment rates according to figures from 2016 show Nigeria currently has a 16.2 percent youth unemployment rate, which is 2nd highest in Africa behind Libya’s 22.9 percent (government figures). However, there is hope for young people as the federal government has devised many ways to engage them with jobs for national development through its N-power programme among others

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Labour party Presidential Candidate- Peter Obi

Nigeria is one of the largest countries in Africa and has a population of approximately 206 million people. This makes it the continent’s most populous country and also one with an exceptionally large youth population. While Nigeria’s total population is only slightly smaller than that of France, its youth population is almost double that of France at 55%. The United States comparable ratio is around 18%, while Germany has only 15% as many young people as Nigerians do today.

This high proportion isn’t unique to Nigeria; other African nations like South Africa and Egypt also have relatively high proportions of young people relative to their overall populations (both at 56%). The difference between these two countries’ rates suggests that other factors may be at play here such as economic status or education levels—or perhaps both!

In 2016, Nigeria’s youth population stood at 112 million, which is over 55 per cent of the total population. The number of youths in Nigeria is expected to increase by 2020 and 2025.

With over 80 million Nigerian youths between the age of 18 to 40 years, this large population of people would determine who becomes the president in 2023.

The youth vote is one of the most powerful blocs in Nigeria. In fact, they are expected to influence presidential elections because they account for over 30% of the total population. This means that if you want your candidate or party to win an election then you need their support (and money).

Since they make up about 70% per cent of unemployed Nigerians within the same period, despite being literate and trainable for one job or another the government should create more jobs for them.

The government should invest more in education. In order to help young people with loans and grants to start businesses, we need better vocational training facilities that offer practical skills needed by industries such as technology and IT.

It is also important to note that there are a large number of young people who are neither in school nor in employment. The government has been trying to help them get jobs and education, but many still remain unemployed.

Also read: Reasons 20 million Out-of-School Children Are in Nigeria

The unemployment rates according to figures from 2016 show that Nigeria currently has a 16.2 per cent youth unemployment rate, which is 2nd highest in Africa behind Libya’s 22.9 per cent.

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Atiku Abubakar PDP presidential Candidate
  • The unemployment rate is the percentage of people who are unemployed and actively seeking work.
  • The unemployment rate is usually higher for young people than for adults, although there are exceptions, such as when an economic downturn hits a country’s youth specifically hard.
  • The unemployment rate can be used as a measure of the health of an economy: if it increases during times when businesses are expanding (and thus hiring more workers), this indicates that demand for labour has outpaced supply; if it decreases after years of high levels, this suggests potential problems with job creation in particular industries or sectors within Nigeria’s economy.

However, there is hope for young people as the federal government has devised many ways to engage them with jobs for national development through its N-power programme among others.

The N-Power Project is an initiative of the Federal Government of Nigeria that aims at empowering and equipping youths with skills training, job opportunities, and business start-ups.

The programme was established in 2016 by President Muhammadu Buhari with financial support from private sector partners including Shell Petroleum Development Company Limited (SPDC), Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Total E&P Nigeria Limited (TEPL), and other corporate bodies.

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William Ruto’s President

A well-informed civic-minded Nigerian youth can play an active role in politics.

As we all know, Nigerians are very patriotic, and patriotic youths can play an active role in politics. Youth is the future of Nigeria and they should be engaged in politics. They can be informed about the issues affecting them such as education, health care, physical security, and security in general. The youth have a right to participate in civic affairs by voting for candidates that represent their interests rather than those who represent moneyed interests only.

The Nigerian government must ensure that there is free access to information on political issues which may help young voters make better-informed decisions when they go out to vote next year (2023). If this happens then it will be possible for youths like yourself to make contributions towards national development through your participation at polling stations across Nigeria during elections held every 4 years

Conclusion

Nigeria is a developing country and the youth in the country have a lot of potentials to make it better. They can play their role in shaping Nigeria’s future by participating in politics, gaining skills and knowledge through education so that they become knowledgeable about governance

 

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