General news

Govt must address youth unemployment to check insecurity — LG Scribe

Published

on



Mr Gbenga Abiola, the Secretary, Agege Local Government, Lagos State on Tuesday said that the problem of youth unemployment needs to be tackled in order to check the rising level of crime and insecurity in the country.

Abiola, in a statement in Lagos, said that government across levels to take more practical steps towards tackling the problem, to provide platform for nation’s growth.

“The security of every country is key to its success in every sector.

“When the security of a country fails, every other sector which include economic, political , financial, infrastructural, to mention a few, record limited growth.

“One of the major propelling factors of insecurity and crime is youth unemployment, and until government prioritises this, we’ll go nowhere as a nation,” Abiola said.

According to him, the failure of the nation to foresee this danger in the last two decades is the cause of the current challenges threatening its survival.

He said there was the need to tackle the menace of unemployment frontally  to secure a better future.

Abiola also called for restructuring of university and technical education.

The scribe said that over 150 universities in the country churned out about three million graduates all together annually into the already congested labour market, with only few getting jobs.

“It simply means that in the last 10 years, we have produced over 20 million unemployed graduates into the labour market, and we should not also forgot that only about 25 per cent of secondary school graduates get into these Universities.

“What then happened to the rest of the 75% that dropped out at secondary school level ? Where did they go ? Where are they hiding?”

According to him, if nothing is done, this number will keep increasing, with the threat of insecurity become higher.

He called for investment in infrastructure development, creation of enabling environment for small and medium enterprises, and empowerment.

Abiola said that buying more guns for armed forces would not reduce the nation’s security challenges, but pragmatic steps towards reducing level of unemployment.

“I applaud the intentions behind the N-POWER programme by this administration but I think it’s not a complete process. I believe the N-Power project is not hitting the right target,” he said.
AYO/SOA

Edited by Oluwole Sogunle

https://nnn.ng/govt-must-address-youth-unemployment-to-check-insecurity-lg-scribe/

Mushroom production can earn Nigeria more foreign exchange – NEPC COVID-19: FG receives 3 ‘Smart Walk-Through Booths’ to enhance sample collection FG distributes food items, diapers to FCT women Lack of competition taking toll on basketball players, Air Warriors coach says House of Reps C’ttee calls for upgrade of Calabar depot facilities COVID-19: China donates $2.9m medical supplies to Namibia Court grants trader custody of twin children over wife’s mental illness Aisha Buhari urges Nigerians to support victims of flood Assembly to scale up malnutrition management centres Car dealers bemoan eviction notice in Kaduna COVID-19 delays completion of water project in Bauchi as residents raise health issues NOA pleads with labour to suspend planned protest, dialogue with FG COVID-19: UNICEF donates 450,000 communications materials to Kano State Reps. spokesman commends Buhari for approving N12.8bn for Abia road Nigeria @ 60: Enugu residents want functional railway transportation Sports events can be held without vaccines, IOC President says Due process ignored in payment of N359m, witness alleges   China’s COVID-19 vaccine shows “no side effects”, says Russian pharma coy NAN to collaborate with group to promote national unity, cohesion Jimoh Aliu’s death, blow to Nigeria’s theatre industry – Ooni Flood cuts off Lokoja-Ajaokuta road, sacks more residents Former Thai minister to serve 50 years prison sentence for fraud Ondo election: Sensitive materials to arrive Akure Oct. 5 – INEC Yobe SIEC postpones LG elections Fans itch to see live action as UEFA allows spectators Kenya’s WTO candidate says she will focus on climate change if selected Ogun lawmaker donates 2 boreholes to communities in Obafemi Owode LG  Bauchi NGO attributes raping, kidnapping, to collapse of marriage institution Senate President mourns victims of Lokoja fuel tanker explosion 38 killed, 2 missing in Indian residential building collapse as rescue operations end Court remands trader over alleged defilement of neighbour’s 14-year-old Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong arrested in connection with protests Lebanese official says “dangerous” containers still at Beirut’s port Sales rep. bags 1 year imprisonment for cheating, escaping from custody Public servant in court for allegedly buying stolen Toyota Corolla Boko Haram Commander, family surrender to troops in Borno  FCT Police Command gets new spokesperson Lagos APPEALS Project empowers farmers to boost poultry, fish production France, Egypt, Jordan urge Israelis and Palestinians to tackle Middle-East conflict via two-state solution Businessman in court for allegedly buying stolen car Social counsellor advocates for female education in FCT communities Kogi Govt declares two-day mourning for victims of tanker explosion Court sentences tenant to 2 weeks imprisonment over contempt Businessman in court for allegedly setting his wife’s property on fire Man in court over alleged N770,000 fraud Woods to defend Zozo Championship title next month Betting agent in court over alleged theft of N74, 200 Woods to defend Zozo Championship title next month Flooding: Ebonyi SEMA urges residents in prone communities to relocate COVID-19: No cause for alarm, UNILORIN institute assures students