Driving Youth Engagement in Politics and Governance: A Successful Public Policy Discussion at University of Nigeria Nsukka

On 21st of June 2023, the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) campus buzzed with excitement as students gathered for a significant event aimed at discussing the role of youth in politics and governance. The public policy discussion, organized by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and the Young Professionals in Policy and Development, provided a platform for young minds to exchange ideas, share experiences, and explore strategies to drive youth engagement in these crucial domains.


The event commenced with a warm welcome to the participants, emphasizing the importance of their active involvement in shaping the future of the nation. Distinguished speakers, including renowned experts in the field, addressed the audience, shedding light on the challenges and opportunities for youth engagement in politics and governance.

One of the key takeaways from the discussion was the need for meaningful participation of young people in decision-making processes. Prof Freedom Onuoha, a prominent scholar, highlighted the importance of inclusive governance, where the voices of the youth are heard and their perspectives considered. Dr Prince Agwu stressed the role of education in empowering young individuals to become responsible and engaged citizens.

Dr Chiemezie Atama, Dr Chikodiri Nwangwu, and other esteemed panelists shared insights and practical experiences, inspiring the audience to take proactive steps towards political involvement. The discussion also touched upon the significance of building strong alliances and collaborative efforts to address the challenges faced by youth in the political arena.

The success of the event would not have been possible without the unwavering support of the Equity Watch Initiative and the outstanding volunteers who dedicated their time and efforts to ensure a seamless process. Their commitment and hard work deserve special recognition.

In conclusion, the one-day public policy discussion on driving youth engagement in politics and governance at the University of Nigeria Nsukka was a resounding success. It provided a platform for students to connect, learn, and strategize, with the aim of creating a more inclusive and participatory political landscape. The event served as a catalyst for inspiring young minds to actively contribute to nation-building.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Youth engagement is crucial for effective governance and the future development of the nation.
  2. Inclusive decision-making processes that consider the perspectives of young people are essential.
  3. Education plays a vital role in empowering the youth to become responsible and engaged citizens.
  4. Building strong alliances and collaborative efforts can address the challenges faced by youth in politics.

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