UNEMPLOYMENT: SARAKI CALLS FOR ACTIVE ENTERPRENEURSHIP, DISCOURAGES BLAME TACTICS
The Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki at a public hearing on Youth Development and Empowerment today in the Senate has called on the federal government, the National Assembly, the private sector and the civil society, to as a matter of urgency, focus attention on youth unemployment and development result oriented Projects to tackle job crisis facing Nigeria.
The Senate public hearing which is trending on the hashtag #SenateOnJobCreation, is a continuation of the Youth Development Roundtable discussion sponsored by the Nigerian Senate on 9th October 2017.
The Senate President said, it would do the country no good to continue to waste limited resources on Projects that will bring no result or any solution to the unemployment rate in Nigeria.
Speaking at the one-day public hearing on youth development and empowerment at the National Assembly today, Saraki said, “Nigerian youth deserve our immediate interest, best thinking and above all, our best efforts to create workable solutions to include their concerns in our national investment framework”.
“It is futile to point fingers or cast blame on any one else administration and/or government programme”, he said.
Saraki highlighted the primary factors responsible for youth unemployment to include, high population growth outspacing economic growth; inability of school curricula to adequately equip students with skills for employment and inadequate industries to absorb competent graduates.
Recalled that, the National Bureau of Statistics exposed that, Nigeria has a youth labour force of 38.2m people of which 15.2m people are out of work or seeking for jobs, majority of which are female.
The Senate President therefore pledged the support of the National Assembly to any policy of the government or programme of the private sector or civil society organisations aimed at finding solutions to youth unemployment and end developmental crisis.
Participants at the public hearing are the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Investment Program, Dr. Mrs Mariam Uwais; Director at the Ministry of Trade and Investment, Prof. Ochapa Onazi, President, High Tech Centre for Women and Youths, Dr. Omowunmi Hassan, government agencies in job creations, empowerment and youth development, as well as civil society groups. It is expected that, the unemployment rate would reduce drastically in the country.