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Govt. officials canvass cohesive efforts to combat youth unemployment



Govt. officials canvass cohesive efforts to combat youth unemployment

By EricJames Ochigbo

Some state government officials called on Wednesday in Abuja for a national stakeholder platform to galvanize public and private sector efforts to promote youth employment in the country.

Officials spoke at a conference titled “Addressing Employment and Reintegration Challenges at National and Subnational Levels in the Post COVID-19 Era; Impact and policy response.

The conference was organized by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), International Labor Organization (ILO) in collaboration with the Ministry of Labor and Employment.

Mr. Joel Edionwe, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Wealth Creation, Edo, said the unemployment rate in the country is alarming.

He said collaboration is the way forward to deal with the threat of unemployment in the country, as working in silos will not deliver the desired result.

“First, we have all recognized that the unemployment rate is alarming, the youth unemployment rate is almost 54 percent; we also recognize that the public sector cannot provide all the jobs required.

“The private sector at the formal and informal levels all contribute enormously to this; how to galvanize all these actions and mobilize the efforts is the key.

“We work in silos, producing our impacts, but a coordinated effort will yield better results and therefore, as respective stakeholders, we need this multi-stakeholder platform.

“To identify our needs, our common goal is to promote employment, especially youth employment, and see what we can do, what the skill level is, what are the industry requirements, how fill the gap.

“We need to know what respective roles we will play and how to improve our roles and what roadmap do we have to get there. noted.

In addition, Mr. Abiola Odetole, Special Assistant to the Governor of Ogun on Job Creation and Youth Employment, said it was important for political leaders and captains of industry to be on the same level. -form.

He said this will reduce instances of conflicting mandates and guidelines that often make collaborations between stakeholders difficult.

“It’s generally obvious for us to have this multisectoral dialogue and a platform for it. The issues that have been identified boil down to the issue of leadership.

“When the leadership gives different mandates that conflict with the mandates of other institutions, agencies or appointees, there is this political interest that they have and because of this interest, people prefer to run alone with their ideas. .

“It is sometimes difficult for them to come together and work with other agencies and institutions,” he said.

Source: NAN

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