The incoming administration at the Federal level in Nigeria has been tasked to make job creation for the army of unemployed youths in the country its top priority.
Stakeholders, who spoke with The Hope, observed that unemployment in Nigeria is enough to give the incoming administration a hell of time since it has been the major reason why insecurity, armed robberies, banditry, ritual killings, cultism and internet frauds, Yahoo yahoo are on the increase.
They identified creation of tech hubs, injection of technology into agricultural value chain and better investment climate as some of the ways that the Government can solve the unemployment problem in Nigeria.
They pointed out that tech hubs, injection of technology into agricultural value chain will lead to creation of jobs for the teeming youths.
An economics, Dr Chris Ofonyelu from the Department of Economics, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko said that the government should create opportunities and a good environment for investment, noting that a lot of people have the interest to invest in the country, but are not sure of getting returns on their investments.
He said, “Even Nigerians in the diaspora will be able to bring their money home for investments.”
Dr Edamisan Ikuemonisan from the Department of Agricultural Economics, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko noted that provision of basic infrastructure like power and good roads will enable agriculture and tourism to thrive, thereby creating more jobs and giving the economy a boost.
The Agricultural Economist and social commentator equally recommended that the government should pay more attention to vocational education, saying that it is wrong to graduate from the university or polytechnic and still be writing application letters for employment.
According to him, it is like all the years spent in school have been wasted, adding that “Nothing stops graduates from taking up vocational skills. They will actually do better than the less educated people who are in those industries already.”
While recommending that the federal government should lift the embargo on employment, Dr Mrs. Kemi Adebola, a Sociologist from the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), advised youths to look beyond government jobs and pursue entrepreneural skills.
She advised the government to create an enabling environment for investment to thrive and make entrepreneurship an important part of university education.
A senior lecturer in the department of Agricultural Economics, Ekiti State University (EKSU) Dr Tajudeen Obanigbo, advised the incoming administration to focus more attention on the resuscitation of some moribund industries in the country.
The senior lecturer who alluded to some petroleum refineries and Ajaokuta steel industry among others, advised the incoming administration to ensure that those industries roar back to life, to create job opportunities.
Lamenting over what he called high rate of unemployment among Nigeria youths, which has caused security scare advised the new government to focus more attention on resuscitating dead and moribund industries.
He equally admonished the incoming government to focus more attention on the development of agriculture by creating more agricultural farms and settlements in major towns and villages across the six geo-political parts of the country.
The university lecturer said the Agricultural Farms should be equipped with modern agricultural equipment and machines and employ more youths to work in those farms in line with Federal Character Commission, noted that the move would go a long way in tackling the menace of unemployment in the country.
In his own views, a Professor of Theatre and Drama at the Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Wole Balogun, advised the incoming administration to employ more youths into some vacant positions in the civil service.
He lamented over what he called shortage of man power in the civil service, especially in the ministries, boards and parastatals, and urged the incoming government to inject more fresh graduates into the civil service.
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Adekola Olawoye who bemoaned the increasing rate of youth unemployment in the country urged the incoming President to take drastic step to address menace.
The former Attorney- General and Commissioner for Justice Ondo State, Adekola Olawoye, blamed outgoing President Muhammadu Buhari for failing to tackle joblessness among teeming youths in the country with vigor and seriousness.
He, expressed confidence in the incoming President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to restore the lost glory of the country and provide jobs for the teeming unemployed youths, saying doing this will address all the social vices including insecurity and “Yahoo Yahoo boys” being currently witnessed in the country.
On his part, former Commissioner for Agriculture in the state, Dr Jibayo Oyebade, who regretted that for decades government has not been able to solve the problem of youth unemployment in the country noted that youths should be encouraged to go into agriculture, instead of venturing into “Yahoo Yahoo” and Okada.
He also suggested that there must be only Ministers of State per zones to pursue and bring up agricultural endowment of the zones, describing agriculture as the major employments generation in Nigeria.
“Employing youths is not just mere say, you must plan how you want to employ them, you must set them on a specific agricultural line and you must make sure there are off takers of that agricultural line so that they don’t say there is no market. So, all these things are very compulsory to youth employment “, he added.
A financial analyst and consultant, Mr Karimu Aminullah, counseled the incoming administration of Ahmed Bola Tinubu to focus on critical areas to ensure jobs are created for the teeming mass of the unemployed in the country.
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