ASAP WEST AFRICA TO COMMENCE RESEARCH ON DYNAMICS OF POVERTY AMONG THE YOUTH POPULATION IN NIGERIA

The youths are an integral part of the population of a country. Thus, any country that aims to attain development must pay particular attention to its youth population. However, in most countries of Africa, there is the inefficiency of government strategies and policies targeted at improving the lives of the youth. As a result, the majority of the youth population suffers from chronic poverty, and for that reason, many of them indulge in criminal activities as a means of survival. To be specific, in Nigeria, a major implication of this is the state of insecurity that pervades the entire country. Consequently, it becomes pertinent to examine the dynamics of poverty among the youth population between the ages of 18-40 years in order to develop robust strategies and efficient policies towards alleviating poverty among the youth. Important variables to assess based on social and economic dimensions of poverty include; age brackets in relation to poverty, sex in relation to poverty, family background in relation to poverty, cultural barrier and poverty, level of formal education and poverty, vocational training and level of poverty, employment/unemployment and poverty, as well as minimum wage and poverty.

The political dimension will cover an assessment of strategies adopted by present and previous governments in Nigeria towards reducing poverty among the youths. This study will commence in August 2019 and seeks to cover the 6 Geopolitical Zones of Nigeria. ASAP West Africa to Publish a Book on Governance, Poverty and Human Rights: Towards Achieving Sustainable Development Goals in West Africa Interested scholars, researchers and academics should submit an abstract of not more than 300 words on topics related to poverty, human rights, Governance and sustainable development goals to academics@asapwestafrica.org Articles should focus on countries in West Africa. The deadline for submission is 13 September 2019. The book will be published in 2020.

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