The purpose of the survey is to provide useful data for the design and development of youth-specific programmes.
The National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, is partnering with the Ministry of Youth Development to carry out a national youth development survey, the Statistician-General of the Federation, Yemi Kale, has said.
Mr. Kale announced this on Thursday in Abuja at the opening of training of trainers’ workshop on the 2012 National Youth Development Index Survey.
He said the survey would make governments at all levels to know the youth as well as assist government in the planning for their needs.
Mr. Kale, who was represented by Gambo Louis, the Director, Demography and Social Statistics Department of the NBS, urged the trainers to avoid mistakes that could undermine the exercise.
Also speaking, Bunmi Morgridge, the Assistant Director, Research and Statistics, Project Office of the Ministry of Youth Development, said there had been a dearth of sufficient and reliable data on youth in the country.
Ms. Morgridge said the National Youth Policy defined a youth as a person between the ages of 18 years and 38 years.
She said the ministry is collaborating with the NBS to tackle the problem of sufficient and reliable data on youth “which is impeding the progress of the ministry”.
Ms. Morgridge recalled that the ministry carried out a National Youth Development Index Survey in 2008 to provide a window to assess the welfare of young people and also provide empirical facts on the state of the nation’s youth.
“The planned National Survey on youth matters shall build on the outputs of the National Youth Development Index Survey by incorporating more comprehensive indicators for the measurement of prevailing youth issues in the country,” she said.
Ms. Morgridge said the purpose of the survey is to provide useful data for the design and development of youth-specific programmes.
“It is also to provide governments and other stakeholders with useful data that could lead to developing young people’s employability to ensure their successful transition to the labour market and strategies for improving their access to career-oriented employment,” she said.
Ms. Morgridge said those trained would be deployed to the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory to train and supervise the enumerators, who would administer questionnaires on the selected respondents.
She said the survey would be conducted within two weeks.
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