Re positioning Nigerian Youth as National Asset: AfriGrowth Foundation second Strategic Roundtable Session
AfriGrowth Foundation convened a Strategic Roundtable Session, anchored on repositioning Nigerian Youth as national assets on August 8, 2017. The representatives from ten other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in attendance underscored the need for effective youth participation and engagement in nation building, socially, economically, morally and politically. After series of presentations, which centered on the theme, followed by highly interactive discourse, all in attendance resolved to form a coalition or rather community of NGOs that will work in synergy to stimulate youth engagement via the design and implementation of a sequence of programs, which will change the current mindset of youth and young Nigerians and reposition them to take their place as national assets and engines of growth for national development. The first step in the formulation of this College of NGOs will be the organization of a national Youth Summit, tagged Repositioning Nigerian Youth Summit.
The second roundtable meeting, which held on May 9, 2018, was premised on conceptual planning for the Repositioning Nigerian Youth Summit, schedule to hold on September 13, 2018 at Merit House, Maitama, Abuja. AfriGrowth Foundation, the convener of the meeting had devised a strategy in which the Foundation will engage six NGOs that attended the roundtable session to support the Youth Summit based on the professional strength and expertise of each organization.
The invited organizations were:
- Sanctity Transparency and Peace initiative;
- Youth Initiative for Sustainable Agriculture;
- Young Stars Foundation;
- Youth Afrique Leadership Forum;
- Outstanding Citizens Humanitarian Initiative;
- Rural Youth Empowerment Network; and
- Youth Reformation and Awareness Centre
After series of discussions, the following resolutions were reached:
- As regards the prospective 250 youth participants to be invited for the Youth Summit, 100 slots will be set aside for participants from 25 youth-focused NGOs with each NGO designating 4 members to participate in the Youth Summit.
- The NGOs should be operational for over 5 years and have experience (which can be seen online) on programs that have done for youth and are still working for youth.
- N1, 000.00 transportation allowance will be given to these participants to augment their transport fares.
- Open call-up will be done for the remaining 150 youth on online, which will commence in July 2018.
- All partnering NGOs are to each invite 3 other NGOs for the Youth Summit. The names of NGOs and participants should be submitted on or before June 12, 2018
- Partnership will be forged with the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, International Fund for Agricultural Development and National Orientation Agency.
- AfriGrowth Foundation will book slots for the Foundation to speak on the Youth Summit on AM Express (NTA) and Kaakaki (AIT) respectively.