FG Approves NYIF Grant May 2024 (N110bn) For Youth Empowerment

The Federal Government of Nigeria has committed N110 billion to empower young Nigerians through the National Youth Investment Fund (NYIF). This decision is a major boost for youth entrepreneurship and innovation in the country.

A New Start for the NYIF

The Minister of Youth Development, Dr. Jamila Bio-Ibrahim, announced the initiative during the closing ceremony of a ministry retreat. The N110 billion allocated for the 2024 fiscal year will serve as a cornerstone for youth development.

Dr. Bio-Ibrahim said the NYIF is more than just money. It’s a way to help young people turn their dreams into reality. The fund aims to transform Nigeria’s economy by investing in the potential of its young people.

Skills and Support

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved several measures alongside the financial boost. These include:

  1. Integrating skills and entrepreneurship development directly into the NYIF program.
  2. Establishing an interim coordinating unit to manage projects until a permanent National Youth Fund is established through legislation.
  3. Investing N5 billion in the upcoming National Youth Development Bank.

National Youth Development Bank (NEXTGEN Bank)

The NEXTGEN Bank is a collaborative effort between the Ministry of Youth Development, Bank of Industry, and private sector partners. This new initiative aims to provide financial solutions specifically for young entrepreneurs and youth-led businesses.

With an initial capital of N10 billion, the bank will offer more than just loans and equity. It will provide crucial support for young businesses in the form of:

  1. Development programs
  2. Guidance
  3. Mentorship
  4. Access to a network of resources

The Bank of Industry will contribute N2.5 billion, while private sector partners will invest the remaining N2.5 billion. The bank will be managed by the private sector, ensuring efficient operations.

Investing in Youth Development Centers

The government has also promised to improve youth development centers across the country. These centers will be transformed into hubs for:

  1. Technical skills training
  2. Digital skills training
  3. Creative skills training
  4. Social engagement
  5. Political engagement
  6. Cultural engagement
  7. Mental health support
  8. Combating substance abuse and social decay

These centers will provide safe spaces that foster the holistic development of young Nigerians.

Working Together for Youth

Dr. Bio-Ibrahim highlighted that these initiatives are just the beginning. The government is committed to tackling the challenges faced by young people. However, success requires the active participation and cooperation of all stakeholders.

The Ministry of Youth Development urges all partners to work together to deliver the results that Nigerian youths deserve. This investment in the National Youth Investment Fund and supporting initiatives represents a significant step towards empowering young Nigerians and fostering a brighter future for the country.

Benefits of the NYIF

  1. Access to Capital: Young entrepreneurs will have access to the capital they need to start and grow their businesses.
  2. Skill Development: The NYIF will provide training and development programs to help young people gain the skills they need to succeed.
  3. Mentorship and Guidance: Young entrepreneurs will have access to mentors and advisors who can provide guidance and support.
  4. Networking Opportunities: The NYIF will create opportunities for young entrepreneurs to network and collaborate with others.
  5. Holistic Development: The youth development centers will provide a range of services to support the overall well-being of young people, including mental health support and substance abuse prevention.

How to Access the NYIF

Applications are currently closed. We will share the link soon when they open.

  1. Apply Online: The application process for the NYIF will be online. Young people can visit the official website of the Ministry of Youth Development to fill out the application form.
  2. Submit Business Plan: Applicants will need to submit a business plan outlining their business idea and how they plan to use the funds.
  3. Attend Training: Successful applicants will be required to attend a training program to develop their skills and knowledge.
  4. Receive Funding: After completing the training, applicants will receive the funds to start or grow their businesses.
  5. Ongoing Support: Beneficiaries of the NYIF will receive ongoing support, including mentorship and access to resources.


The N110 billion National Youth Investment Fund (NYIF) is a significant step towards empowering young Nigerians. With access to capital, training, mentorship, and other resources, young people can turn their dreams into reality. The government’s commitment to youth development is evident in this initiative, and with the cooperation of all stakeholders, the future looks bright for Nigeria’s youth.

The Ministry of Youth Development is dedicated to ensuring that the NYIF and supporting initiatives are successful. By working together, we can create a better future for our young people and, in turn, for Nigeria as a whole

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