The Federal Ministry of Youth Development and the National Sports Commission (NSC) were merged to form the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development in 2015 by the present administration.
The Ministry was established to design policies and implement plans to tackle the problems affecting Youth and Sports development in Nigeria. Development of Youth and Sports is a very important task that any country must invest in so as to harness its human resources. To this end, the Ministry, in collaboration with its parastatals (National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), the Citizenship and Leadership Training Center (C<C), Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the National Institute for Sports (NIS)), has put in place policies and programmes aimed at educating and empowering the teeming youth through the establishment of Youth and Sports Development Centers all over the country.
The Ministry is charged with the responsibility of coordinating, planning, researching, training, monitoring and evaluating projects which are necessary for the development of youth and sports in Nigeria. The aim is to address the following:
· Youth unemployment
· Entrepreneurial skill gaps.
· Participation in governance.
· Value orientation and Leadership Training.
· Improvement of the quality of the citizenry.
· Development of the Sports sector to world class level.