In order to stem the tide of criminal activities by youths, the Taraba State government has devised a means of engaging youths in meaningful socio-economic activities, writes SAM TYAV
Those who have the unemployment data in Nigeria have always insisted that more than 70% of Nigerians are unemployed. This means that the percentage of the working population is negligible. The available statistics clearly indicates that there are more dependants in the country which can genuinely be put at about three hundred million people.
This unarguably is the reason why there is always great outcry in the country and there are instances of nonpayment of salaries. Even during instances of delays in payment of salaries lots of Nigerians suffer the consequences. This means those that affected are not just the workers but all the dependants of the working population which are several times more than the workers.
It is for the purpose reducing the percentage of unemploynent in the country that the federal government as well as other tiers of government have continued to encourage Nigerians to take to agriculture. This is a deliberate attempt to address the challenge of unemployment. The government has come out with agricultural policies to encourage Nigerians to take to farming. The federal government has also come out with facilities to enable people take to farming. The primary aim is always to make Nigerians self reliant and self employed in the area of agriculture. Lots of Nigerians are said to be proud beneficiaries of these employment policies.
Also for the purpose of employment, the federal government has introduced another scheme, National Directorate of Employment, NDE, with the sole aim of training the youths to enable them become self employed. A good percentage of university graduates have benefited from this initiative and they no longer complain. They are doing well in the various trades in which they acquired their trainings.
One NguherAchagh, a lady who got trained in welding and fabrication informed that during her training it was strange to most of her mates as she was training herself in a trade chiefly regarded as a trade for the male gender. She told Nigerian Pilot that as a welder she no longer disturbs her people for financial assistance even as she assist her parents in their financial challenges.
Interestingly, it is part of the government efforts to reduce unemployment in the country, that the federal government through the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology in partnership with Taraba state government put together a training which trained 3000 youths in the state. The training was aimed at preparing participants mostly youths on how to access jobs online and using Information and Communication Technology, ICT to make their living.
While speaking at the opening ceremony held at the Taraba State University Auditorium, the Taraba state Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr. AlhassanHamman disclosed that the programme was in line with Governor Darius Ishaku’s determination to create jobs for the teeming youths of the state. He believed that the youths of Taraba state would benefit maximally from the training.
ICT, the commissioner noted was today ruling the world and urged participants to take the training very seriously to make their living as he stressed that with ICT the youths stand to make between 1000 and 4000 dollars monthly.
Hamman maintained that the government of Taraba was ready to do more for the people of the state as he added that plans were on the way to develop the capacity of youths to meet the challenges of the information world. He called on the youths of the state not to hesitate to embrace the programme which would not only make them self reliant but equally comfortable Nigerians whose stories have changed.
Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Science and Technology, Mr. Amos Wamai while commenting reiterated the position of the state government to provide jobs for the youths, adding that the programme was aimed at creating a platform for participants to access jobs online and make a living using ICT.
According to him, “With the advent of technology there is need to train youths to be abreast with challenges of information and communication technology and this is what we are in partnership with the federal government to make our youths useful to themselves and the society.”
Wamai who urged the participants to take advantage of the opportunity provided by the government and learn the skills at the workshop provided to help them in their endeavours noted that people with the relevant knowledge on ICT were already benefiting from it.
Given the efforts of the government in job creation in order to make youths self reliant, it is hoped that if the tempo is maintained, more youths will benefit from the scheme thereby reducing dependency ratio in the country.