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YOUTH EMPOWERMENT AND SECURITY: A PANACEA FOR NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
This paper examined the nexus between youth empowerment and security as a means of sustaining national development in Nigeria. It identified the need to re-engineer youthful potentials towards productive social enterprises through skill acquisition, education and socio – cultural value orientation. The paper examined the causes of national security challenges in Nigeria such as corruption, injustice, poverty, poor health care delivery services, decayed and collapsed infrastructure, environmental degradation and socio-religious crises and its effect on National development. The primary focus of this paper is that security is the major determinant of development of any society. It also critically examined the role of security in the development of the Nigerian nation. It ramified the concepts of national security and national development, how they are intertwined and linked them to the Nigerian society. It recommended among others that, Nigerian politicians should stop using youths as political thugs, but instead, empower them with relevant science and technical education skills that will make them to be self-reliant.
Keywords: Youth Empowerment, Security, National Development, Unemployment, Sustained National Development, Job Creation.