‘Tackling unemployment’ll solve insecurity’
From Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo
Government at all levels have been urged to tackle unemployment among youths in order to solve the challenge of insecurity in the country.
Some Yoruba leaders who gave the advice in Ede, Osun state said without jobs for the teeming population of youths in the country, government’s fight against insecurity would be a mirage.
These leaders spoke at a lecture which had as theme:” Imperatives Of National Security : South-West in Focus.”
One of the leaders, Prof. Banji Akintoye, an Emeritus Professor of History, while speaking noted that massive poverty in the country was largely responsible for various security challenges in the country.
He stressed that it was not possible for people to be living in abject poverty and expect improved security in the country.
He said due to high level of poverty in the country, many youths, especially from the South West, were risking their lives through the Sahara desert for a greener pasture in the developed countries.
Akintoye, who noted that the South West was not spared from high level of unemployment and insecurity, berated South West governors for not doing enough to create jobs for the youths.
“There is no doubt that there is massive poverty in the South West and in the country at large. It is painful that our South West governors do not know how to handle poverty.
“Rather than creating job opportunities, we are enrolling our children in schools with no job prospects. Poverty is becoming unbearable in the region and as a result, many youths in the South West are engaging in drug abuse and other illegal activities.
“The economy is declining, many are losing their jobs, there is high level of corruption in the land and people are living in abject poverty.
“There is no doubt that there is urgent need for economic revival in the South West and in the country at large.”
Also speaking, the Aare Onakankanfo of Yorubaland, Chief Gani Adams, said South West governors must not relent in their efforts to tackle insecurity in the region.
Adams, while appealing to the Federal Government to sustain the fight against insecurity in the country noted that insecurity was destroying cultural and ecotourism business in the country.