The 27th day of April, 2017 will
remain memorable in the lives of many concerned youth of Akwa Ibom State as the
State House of Assembly overwhelmingly supported the Akwa Ibom Youth
Development Fund (#AKYDF Bill)
otherwise known as #10percent4youthAKS. The Bill which passed the second reading at the
floor of the House was supported by almost all the members present at the
plenary. While we are still basking in the euphoria of that actions of our
lawmakers, we need to educate our fellow youth and other stakeholders on what
the Bill is all about and why it should receive legislative backing by the
State House of Assembly.
WHAT IS AKWA IBOM YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Akwa Ibom Youth Development Fund bill is a bill for a law to
implement a sustainable youth policy framework through the establishment of
Akwa Ibom youth development fund. Most people emphasis the fund ignoring the
sustainable youth policy framework that the fund is supposed to build. Both are
necessary and go hand in hand. The bill crafts a legally established,
independent and recognized institution saddled solely with the important
responsibility of administering the programs of the fund. The youth
program framework of #AKYDF Bill
will empower youths who will stimulate
economic growth, create more job opportunities, employ others, and pay taxes to
the government thereby making
contributions to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the
State. It will drastically reduce youth
restiveness and anti-social activities like armed robbery, kidnapping,
Who manages the fund in the #AKYDF Bill?
The bill has created a 9-member Management Board comprising
(a) A private sector leader
(b) A finance expert
(c) Youth Entrepreneur
(d) A civil society representative
(e) Representative from the Directorate of Youth Development, Ministry
(f) A senior legal practitioner
(g) A representative of the Ministry of Investment, Commerce and
(h) A representative of the Ministry of Labour, Productivity &
(i) Civil Society sector expert on Monitoring and Evaluation
The Board is the decision making body for the Akwa Ibom Youth
Development Fund. The board will choose which projects receive funding, and
guide the strategic direction of the Akwa Ibom Youth Development Fund.
Does the bill say what the fund is supposed to do?
The bill is very loud about the program framework. It mentions Enterprise
and Entrepreneurship Development, Research to determine areas of skills shortages,
Technical and Vocational Education Training, Re-Orientation and Public
Awareness, Transition to Work Programmes and Seed Funding Youth Cooperatives.
Where is the money supposed to come from?
The #AKYDF Bill proposes that the money for the fund come from 10% oil derivation
fund, private sector contributions, grants, subventions from national and donor
agencies. Akwa Ibom State has held and
will maybe still hold in future the history of receiving the highest
allocations from the federal government. Letâ€™s acknowledge there are programs
by the federal government for youths but why should Akwa Ibom allow its youths
to scramble for very limited spaces in these programs. A research carried out
in the state in 2015, revealed that 49.8 percent of youths sampled in the research survey were
unemployed. The previous methods are not working, more youths are becoming
disempowered and this is the greatest risk of a peaceful future.
Does the #AKYDF Bill state the beneficiaries and how they are selected?
Absolutely yes. The #AKYDF Bill states that beneficiaries of the Fundâ€™s programmes/or projects
shall at all times be drawn equally from all the Local Government Areas
constituting the State with exception of oil producing communities who will
have additional 10 % space for beneficiaries. Youths with disabilities are not
left out as they shall always constitute a minimum of 10% of the total number
of beneficiaries. Every female youth should support this bill as female youths
within the age bracket of 18 and 45 shall constitute at least 40% of the
beneficiaries in all projects, and activities of the fund. The bill is silent on how beneficiaries are
selected, hence during public hearing it is important to close this gap to
Does the #AKYDF bill ensure accountability and transparency?
The #AKYDF bill demands that the Board
maintain a standard Website where the quarterly and annual reports of
activities, financial transactions and administration of the Fund are published. It places the
board under obligation to spell out in the website the criteria to be used in the selection of beneficiaries at least one month before
the selection is
#10percent4youths campaign has produced the result of #AKYDFBill
in Akwa Ibom State. We expect young people from other states to rise up and
take responsibility of working together with government and private sector to
fight youth unemployment. We call on all citizens of Akwa Ibom state to see
#AKYDFBill as a collective dream and a common goal which we should aspire to, share
and realize together.
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