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INVITATION TO THE FIRST YOUTH EMPLOYMENT SUMMIT NIGERIA NETWORK STAKEHOLDERS' FORUM 24th -25th August, 2007 IN AKURE, ONDO STATE, NIGERIA
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INVITATION TO THE FIRST YOUTH EMPLOYMENT SUMMIT NIGERIA NETWORK STAKEHOLDERS' FORUM2007
Theme: “Charting the Way Forward”

The Ondo State Civil Service Labour Strike has been suspended on Friday 20th July, 2007. United Youth Front International in collaboration with Society for Life and Development, supported by Ondo State Ministry for Women Affairs, Youth, and Social Development; and Guaranteed Life Care Foundation, is pleased to announce the First YES Nigeria Network Stakeholders’ Forum2007- ‘Charting the Way Forward’, as schedule
DATE: 24th -25th August, 2007
TIME: 10:00AM Prompt
VENUE: Royal Birds Hotel, First Gate Ijapo Estate, Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria

In Nigeria today, about 70 per cent of the population are under the ages of 30years and unemployment is a recurring issues. Over 70 per cent of the unemployed are relatively unskilled people between the ages of 13 to 25years. Nigeria alone has over 100 tertiary institutions made up of Federal and State (University, Polytechnic, Colleges of Education/Agriculture, Teachers Training College and other Specialised Institutions). Unfortunately, all these educational institutions share one thing in common: Teaching and Learning for White Colar Jobs. The fact is that in the educational sector, we are in a total mess and basic education is not sufficient for today's young people to successfully survive. Department of Labour was set up in 1942 to take responsibility for public policy, in respect of policy formulation, implementation and monitoring. In 1951, the Department was upgraded to a Ministry of Labour, while a further reorganization in 1979 led to a change of name to the Ministry of Employment, Labour, and Productivity (MELP).

Since the emergence of military regimes in the mid-1960s, Legislation which should have evolved from deliberations of the National Labour Advisory Council have been DECREED unilaterally by government. In deed, the Ministry of Employment, Labour, and Productivity has itself been ignored in a number of policy initiatives, as several regulations have been made without reference to it. There are problems within government to implementing policies whereby, political support is needed. On 26 March, 1986; a committee was set up by President Ibrahim Babangida to deliberate on strategies for dealing with mass unemployment under the auspices of the Federal Ministry of Employment, Labour and Productivity. The reason behind setting up the committee was not unconnected with a decline in the fortunes of the Nigerian economy which resulted to a desperate and alarming rate of unemployment. The committee submitted its report in October, 1986 and based on its recommendations; the "National Directorate of Employment (NDE) was established on November 22, 1986. Its initial core programmes were formally launched on 30 January, 1987 by the Chief of General Staff - Vice Admiral Augustus Aikhomu, on behalf of the President.Consequent upon a presidential directive, the board of directors articulated four practical programmes nationwide, each operating as a separate department. The four (4) programmes are: -National Youth Employment and Vocational Skills Development Programme -Small Scale Industries and Graduate Employment Programme -Agricultural Sector Employment Programme-Special Public Works Programme

Together, these programmes were not demand driven and formulated beltom up with the poor as active stakeholders in the decision-making process. Also, bureaucracy in the delivery of services inhibited the programmes. Moreso, there was no policy framework which provides guidelines for poverty alleviation efforts, particularly their coordination, monitoring and execution. Consequently, the programmes suffered from (i) poor conceptualism of the poor (ii) poor or ineffective targeting of the poor leading to high level of leakages of the benefits to unintended beneficiaries and, (iii) overlapping functions which ultimately led to institutional rivalry and conflicts. YES Nigeria Network Stakeholders' Forum2007, aim to assess achievements of Country Networks and Action Plan2007-2008, will bring together members of YES Nigeria Network, Youths, Governments, United Nations System and its Agencies, Donors, NGOs/CBOs, Foundations, Patnerships, Academic, the Private Sector, Financial Institutions, and of course YES Campaign Secretariat.

The Forum is a dynamic and interactive engagement of actions and commitments for stakeholders with following objectives:1. Harmonisation of the YES Nigeria Network and overview of policies on existing youth employment in Nigeria, 2. Provide equal opportunities for young people and expand skills in the fight against youth unemployment in Nigeria, 3. Share information and knowledge on YES Inc, YES Campaign, YES Country Networks, and YES Good Practices etc. among stakeholders 4. Provide development experience tailored to the needs of NGOs/CBOs to review and assess own capabilities with a view to identifying ways of solving youth employment crises in Nigeria,5. Draft Communique of the YES Nigeria Network and Call for Young People Participation on youth employment issues,6. Action Plan2007-2008 and Beyond of the YES Nigeria Network

METHODOLOGY: YES Nigeria Network Stakeholders' Forum2007 is designed to simultaneously address key employment concepts while encouraging the principles of dialogue, exchange, collaboration, and building effective partnerships by learning from each other and from country experiences. Therefore, the uniqueness of the forum is in its format, specifically in its mix of styles in encouraging discussions around youth employment issues. Specific situations for discussion will be identified in advance in consultation with interested parties, with background papers distributed to participants. Forum will been in English and seeks to empower young leaders by involving them in finding solutions to emerging youth employment problems. To this end, the forum will build networks of solidarity among young leaders and other stakeholders but at the same time provide a platform for open debates to promoting share information and knowledge. Showcase speakers on such topics as: Health; Human Rights; Environment; Use of Media; Renewable Energy; Fundraising/YES Global Fund; Lobbying and Advocay etc

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YES Campaign: The YES Campaign was launched by 1600 delegates from 120 countries at the Alexandria Youth Employment Summit, in Egypt on September 11, 2002. The Alexandria Summit was hosted by the Arab Republic of Egypt and was co-chaired by H.E. Mrs. Suzanne Mubarak, First Lady of Egypt and Hon. William J. Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States. Over the years, YES has initiated over 400 programs worldwide to promote youth employability and employment creation. YES has developed a dual approach to deepen its impact. First, YES networks organize training and capacity-building programs. Second, networks enable youth to create sustainable job opportunities in specific sectors. Click-http://www.yesweb.org

Poonam Ahluwalia
President

Society for Life and Development: The Society for Life and Development (SOLID) is an organization fully committed to Peace and development in Africa. We have a passion towards Africa Renaissance. We believe the 21st century can bring about a positive reversal of fortune for a continent plagued with civil strife, pandemic diseases and poverty. As governments and public institutions cannot alone provide the fillip for the much desired socio-economic and political growth, SOLID is out to make a difference to set the agenda for peace and to facilitate development through advocacy, sustainable development and social mobilization. We undoubtedly, can make the difference with the support of all friends of Africa. We welcome partnerships and linkages as well as collaborations that will help to make Africa a better place. The price of inaction and indifference is sure greater than a commitment towards change. Click-http://www.societyforlife.org/
Edmund O. Akintunde
Executive Director

United Youth Front International. It has been a revolutionary idea since its founding in 1996, as United Youth Front that could be applied to tackle and solve problems of access to good education and adequate information which prevent the development of awareness, skills and behaviour needed to combat some of the social ills in our societies. But not until 1998, when a Board of Trustees was constituted on 23 December, 1998 in Lagos Federal Republic of Nigeria-to channel the cause of the new organization and thereafter known as United Youth Front International-UYFI. United Youth Front International, is a voluntary but international non-governmental organization for upliftment of youth all over the world for the specific purpose of maintaining Unity, Truth, Justice and Peace from the grassroots. Click-http://www.idealist.org/en/org/98394-246
Hon. Shola Olumola
President


PARTICIPANTS ARE SEPARATELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE COST OF THEIR TRAVEL, ACCOMMODATION, AND OTHER PERSONAL EXPENSES UNLESS OTHERWISE ARRANGED AND CONFIRMED BY THE ORGANIZERS. LOOKING FORWARD TO MEETING YOU AT THE FORUM 2007 IN JULY. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT US AT: C/O HON. SHOLA OLUMOLA 234 8027091145 EMAIL: UYFI_EMPLOY2002@YAHOO.COM, UYFI_YEI@YAHOO.COM AND /OR PASTOR EDMUND AKINTUNDE 234 8033534809 http://www.idealist.org/en/event/99223-114

Long Live YES Nigeria Network!
Long Live United Youth Front International!!
Long Live Federal Republic of Nigeria!!!
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August 1, 2007 | 10:00 AM Comments  {num} comments

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Postponement of theYES Nigeria Network Stakeholders' Forum2007 scheduled to hold on Friday, 20th July has been postponed till Friday 3rd August, 2007

Dear Colleaques and Participants-YES Nigeria Network Stakeholders' Forum2007

We have the honour to announce that the YES Nigeria Network Stakeholders' Forum2007 scheduled to hold on Friday, 20th July has been postponed till Friday 3rd August, 2007 due to:

1. Ongoing “Indefinite but State Strike” by Civil Servants in Ondo State which commenced on Tuesday 17th July, 2007

However, Emergency Meeting held on Wednessday 2nd July, 2007 at 10:00AM by the Forum Steering Committee-YES Nigeria Network Stakeholders' Forum2007 has resolved to expanding opportunities for participation to enhancing schedules as appropriate

Please, kindly bear with us and further details will be announced, soon

Sincerely,
UNITED YOUTH FRONT INTERNATIONAL

Lauretta Okonkwo


July 19, 2007 | 9:07 AM Comments  {num} comments

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