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SUGGESTIVE APPROACH FOR YOUTH EMPOWERMENT AND INVOLVEMENT IN NATION BUILDING IN NIGERIA



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SUGGESTIVE APPROACH FOR YOUTH EMPOWERMENT AND INVOLVEMENT IN NATION BUILDING IN NIGERIA

There is no how the untapped capacities in youth can be tapped and utilized with an all-inclusive, participatory and synergy approach; thus, a suggestive dimension for involving the youth in nation building. Youth participation according to Cornwall (2010), refers to the involvement of youth in responsible, challenging action that meets genuine needs, with opportunities for planning and/or decision-making affecting others in an activity whose impact or consequence is extended to others i.e., outside or beyond the youth participants themselves. Rajani (1999) notes that, it is only through participation that youth develop skills, build competencies, form aspirations, gain confidence and attain valuable resources. This shows that youth participation therefore is a product and strategy of sustainable human development.

Youth comprise nearly 30 per cent of the world's population, these large numbers of young people are an opportunity; an investment to their country. Youth participation in nation building programmes/activities therefore is to:


  1. Strengthens young people‘s abilities to meet their own subsistence needs;

  2. Prevents and reduces vulnerabilities to economic, political and socially unstable environments;

  3. Promotes ownership and sustainability of change interventions;

  4. Helps gain entry into target communities and build up trust and social capital.




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