The Benue State Government is capturing the data of all the youths in the state for proper planning. The data capture which will be done both manually and online is the initiative of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Creativity.
A statement by Rt. Hon. Terkimbi Ikyange, the Benue State Commissioner, Ministry of Youth, Sports and Creativity said the enrollment exercise is for all Benue youth who are between the ages of 17 and 45 years. The exercise will run from Thursday, 5th to Friday, 27th October, 2023.
The statement said “the exercise is aimed at generating a robust and comprehensive database of Benue youths”, and it “will enable the State Government to effectively design both short term and long-term policies and programmes that will cater for the needs and aspirations of Benue youth in the area of employment opportunities, job creation, youth empowerment, skills acquisition as well as other welfare packages soon to be rolled out by Benue State Government.”
It said “Consequently, youth of Benue origin from ages 17 — 30, and from 31 — 45 are mandated to sign up for the Data Enrollment Programme by logging into the Benue Youth Data Form portal [http://bit.ly/benuestateyouthenrollment] to fill in their information as required.”
“They can also collect the form from the office of the Youth Development/Sports Officers of the Ministry who are in all the 23 Local Government Secretariat, NYSC Corps members deployed to assist in the data collection exercise; Kindred Heads; Churches; and Schools across the state. Forms can also be accessed from youth-based organisations such as Commercial Motorcycle Riders Associations, Wheelbarrow Pushers Associations, Cooperatives societies, etc” the statement added.
“Benue youth are advised to promptly enroll for the data documentation programme as only those validly documented with the Ministry will stand to benefit from the youth developmental initiatives of the State Government” it warned.