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Public Policy and Administration


Lynn Wilson


One of the primary goals of government policies globally is to improve the standard of living of its citizenry through effective utilization of available resources. With the number of students that graduate from Nigerian tertiary institutions on yearly basis, without a commensurate increase in job creation, youths in Nigeria without entrepreneurial skills and resilience, tend to face greater challenges entering into the labor market. Existing policies have not made remarkable achievement in addressing youth unemployment due largely to absence of research on the causal factors. The main research question that guided this study was how government policies by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) could enhance information access that would engender young adults’ participation in entrepreneurial programs in FCT, Abuja. This general qualitative research employed both primary data collected by the researcher, assisted by 2 regional experts and secondary data which involved literature on government policies on entrepreneurial programs that would assist government policy in ameliorating youth joblessness. Data obtained were analyzed qualitatively using thematic content analysis. Findings indicated that in order to relate entrepreneurship strategy to the developmental needs in the society so that youths can embrace it, policy issues related to the current state of entrepreneurship, rate of start-ups, and growth in the labor force need to be examined critically. The findings of this study provide insights into the policy issue of youth unemployment and engender new knowledge for creating more effective policies to support young entrepreneurs in Abuja, Nigeria.