YOUTH EMPOWERMENT, UNEMPLOYMENT AND SOCIAL VICES: THE NIGERIAN PERSPECTIVE

Legbel Elemi Ogar, Ageh Philip Egbara, Blessing Upeh Ugal

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This paper is title youth empowerment, unemployment and social vices. The concept of youth empowerment as the process of building enabling environment for the young to realized their potential and ability to create wealth was in focus. This paper  also discuss the negative impact of unemployment  on the youths which influences them into social vices, whereas youth empowerment programmes is the only solution to reduce this impact of unemployment. This paper opined that lack of youths empowerment in Yobe and Borno state Nigeria are strong and likely causes of promoting insurgency in the North, Eastern Nigeria (Nwafor, 2019). The paper further asserted that the lack of empowerment and or ineffective empowerment programmes that is supposed to cushion the effect of poverty among unemployed youths can lead to youth restiveness. This paper identify several challenges that can lead to failure of empowerment programmes: these include corruption; over politicization of empowerment programmes to reflect party interest, lack of political will on the part of government to execute meaningful programmes that will benefit the youth, poor implementation of empowerment programmes due to lack of supervision from government or agencies, the implementation of wrong project that does not satisfy the directneeds of the unemployed/poor youths. The paper recommend that for proper and good empowerment programme that will achieve a desire objective to be successful, the stakeholders and professionals like social welfare and community development officer must be consulted. The paper further recommend immediate action of designing and implementing programmes that will integrate youths, ensure close monitoring, evaluation and accountability, eliminate corruption and ensure programmes meet the needs of the poor and unemployed youths. The paper in conclusion asserted that only effective and purposeful youth empowerment programmes can close the gap of unemployment and reduce youth anti-social behaviour and social vices.


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Youth Empowerment, Unemployment, Social Vices

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