President of the Senate, Dr.
Bukola Saraki has called on the
federal government, the National
Assembly, the private sector and
the civil society to as a matter of
urgency focus attention to the youth
unemployment and development
crisis facing the county.
Saraki said it would do the
country no good to continue to
cast blame on any individual or
administration on the account of
unemployment rate in Nigeria.
Speaking at a one-day public
hearing on youth development
and empowerment at the National
Assembly on Monday, 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
factors responsible for youth
unemployment to include
population growth outs-pacing
economic growth; inability of
school curricula to adequately
equip students with skills for
employment and inadequate
industries to absorb competent
graduates.
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 developmental crisis.
The Senate public hearing,
which is trending on the hash
tag #SenateOnJobCreation,
is a continuation of the Youth
Development Roundtable
discussion sponsored by the
Nigerian Senate on October 9, this
year.
Participants at the ongoing public
hearing include the special adviser
to President Muhammadu Buhari
on Social Investment Programme,
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 creation, empowerment and
youth development, as well as civil
society groups.
Recall that the National Bureau
of Statistics revealed that Nigeria
has a youth labour force of 38.2m
people, of which 15.2million people
are out of work or seeking for jobs.
Available statistics also show that
majority of the unemployed youths
are female.
At the end of the interactive
session, it is expected that
unemployment rate would reduce
drastically in the country.

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