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Unemployment: Ekiti lawmaker advocates joint efforts

Unemployment: Ekiti lawmaker advocates joint efforts

From Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
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A lawmaker representing Ekiti Central senatorial district at the National Assembly, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, has advocated for a joint efforts between the legislative and executive arms of government to  solve the problem of unemployment among the youths in the country.

Bamidele who is the Chairman Senate Committee on Judiciary and Human Rights, also appealed to the members of the national assembly to always give what he tagged “real and sustainable empowerment’ to youths in their various constituencies , rather than offering peanuts as palliatives.

He said credible alternative jobs must be provided to wean the misguided youths from “robbery, kidnapping and cybercrime’, which he said have become profitable and attractive crimes to the population.

Bamidele spoke on Thursday at the closing session of a two-day aquaculture and fish production training, organised for 100 youths across five local governments in Ekiti central senatorial district.

The federal Lawmaker revealed that the experts and resource persons at the training were professionals from the Federal College of Fishery and Oceanography, Lagos State.

Bamidele, represented by the Ekiti State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Prof Adio Folayan, said the programme was geared towards reducing unemployment and poverty within the ranks of Ekiti youths.

He said the interested youths will be empowered with fingerlings, feeds, cash gift and other fishery instruments until their businesses stabilise and become sustainable.

“Contrary to the widespread impression in our country, the government, especially the executive arm alone can’t solve the crisis of  youth unemployment, other arm of government must join the fray, because of the attendant crimes like robbery, cybercrime and kidnapping.

“Real empowerment brings growth and development of human capital resources while peanuts are mere palliatives and emergency needs, which can’t suspect anyone or make him economically independent.

“We must give sustainable and real empowerments to our youths in all our intervention programmes at our constituencies for sustainable growth and development of the human capital personnel of our nation”, he said.

Bamidele added that the training was part of his campaign promises, which he said has no political colouration.

Bamidele also stated that programme is in support of the five -pillar policy thrust of Governor Kayode Fayemi, which rests on social investment, knowledge economy and Agriculture.

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