FG Seeks Radical Approach to Tackle Youth Unemployment

By Dipo Olowookere

The Nigerian government is looking for ways to partner with the organized private sector to address the menace of youth unemployment in the country.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Mr Chris Ngige, speaking this week at a breakfast session of the National Economic Summit in Abuja, said, “There is urgency for job creation and the need for synergy in the process because stakeholders have been working in silos with duplication of efforts and thin result. Let us start the talk and action today by mobilizing resources for job creation.”

In his views, “federal government and private sector must come together to drive this process of job creation for our teeming unemployed youths and move Nigeria from the path of poverty to prosperity.”

Mr Ngige emphasized the need for a paradigm shift in approach to job creation as the current efforts may not be sufficient to create the jobs needed to gainfully engage over 80-million workforce, majority of who are either unemployed or underemployed.

“With over 80 million workforces, majority of who are unemployed, we have to do something radical, the narrative must change.

“School curriculum must change to include new and emerging skills. Education is power but it is useless when it is not in the right direction. We therefore must collaborate to solve this problem”, the Minister stressed.

Earlier, in his remarks, Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), Mr Laoye Jaiyeola, stated that individual efforts would not produce the much needed result on job creation as each organization is doing something in bits and pieces.

“We have resolved at the Nigerian Economic Summit Group that we must put these individual efforts together to achieve results. It is a journey that we all have to walk together,” he said.

On his part, Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, expressed the readiness of the commission to partner with organizations and groups to transit Nigeria into a knowledge-based society, thereby facilitating a knowledgeable economy.

Business Post reports that the theme of the breakfast session was ‘Multi-Sectoral Roundtable on Job Creation and Skills Development in Nigeria.’

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via dipo.olowookere@businesspost.ng

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