Enterprise Development and Promotion Department (EDP)
The mandate of the Enterprise Development and Promotion Department is to contribute to the achievement of the Youth Empowerment goal of the Ministry by working to provide an enabling environment for the youth to acquire sustainable means of livelihood and contribute to national development. The department is responsible for the development of a number of policies and programmes to empower the Youth to become self reliant.
1. Specifically, the Department has responsibilities for:
i. Planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Youth Employment and Self Employment Programmes.
ii. Coordinating the activities of Ministries, Department and Agencies(MDAs) involved in Youth Employment and Job Creation;
iii. Liaising with Development Partners, Corporate Organizations in delivering Youth Employment/Self-employment programmes and projects;
iv. Advising on the formulation, implementation and reviews of policies, projects and programmes on youth employment/self-employment matters.
The organizational Structure of the Department comprises:
The efforts of the Federal Ministry of Youth Development since it was created in 2007 has been focused on creating an enabling environment for youth employment/self-employment promotion through the development of policies and programmes that will promote an enabling environment for youth employment creation.
Measures to facilitate the creation of Business Enterprises by Youth have been implemented through the delivery of training programmes, which involves:
- Skills Acquisition Training in various Vocational, Agro-allied, and Entrepreneurship development skills.
- Provision of grants and start –off materials to beneficiaries.
- Youth Development Centres have also been constructed in the six geo-political zones of the country, to provide the Institutional settingsfor the delivery of Youth Development programmes in Nigeria, especially skills acquisition programmes.
Policy measures have been put in place to ensure that Nigeria responds more effectively to the challenge of Youth Unemployment. These include:
- The development of the Nigerian Youth Employment Action Plan (NIYEAP 2009-2011) in collaboration with ILO Country Office Abuja and the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGs.
- The development of the National Job Creation Templates, which is an outline of job creation opportunities of various key job creation sectors in Nigeria. The template was widely circulated to all stakeholders to obtain their commitment and collaboration on youth employment promotion
- The review of the National Youth Policy in the year 2009, with employment creation as one of the priority themes for the implementation of the youth policy.