‘’TAKE QUICK MEASURES TO CREATE JOBS’’, NANS URGES BUHARI
…. SAYS HIGH RATE OF YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT THE CAUSE OF SECURITY CHALLENGES
…. COMMENDS MR KINGSLEY EHIKIOYA FOR SPONSORING SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS TO MORE THAN 50 NIGERIAN STUDENTS
500,000 YOUTHS HAVE BENEFITTED FROM N-POWER JOB ENHANCEMENT SCHEME INTRODUCED BY PRESIDENT BUHARI BUT THE FIGURE ISN’T CLOSE TO REPRESENTING THE MAJORITY OF UNEMPLOYED YOUTH POPULATION.
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to take quick measures to quick measures to create job and tackle youth unemployment.
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NANS blamed the security challenges being currently experienced in states and geopolitical zones in the country on high rate of youth unemployment.
Adeyemi Azeez, the NANA Public Relations Officer (PRO) advised President Buhari to be more provident in his efforts in creating employment opportunities, asserting that the unemployment rate is due to large population of unemployed youths who are idle. He made the statement during a press release in Abuja.
The The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) noted that all the three levels of government had been called upon to work together in addressing the country’s most popular problem which is unemployment.
“We urge President Buhari to take decisive steps in addressing the challenge of graduate unemployment. The increasing security challenges in our country can be attributed to the large population of youths who are not doing anything tangible,” Azeez said.
The NANS PRO praised Mr Kingsley Ehikioya, a philanthropist for making substantial efforts to create jobs for the youths in Nigeria.
Adeyemi Azeez then said that the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) national body had recorded over 50 students throughout the country who had benefitted from Mr Kingsley Ehikioya’s sponsored scholarship.
Latest data estimates from the International Labour Organization (ILO), an agency of the United Nations (UN) developing policies stated that 20% of Nigerian youths are unemployed. The youth unemployment rate refers to the percentage of the unemployed in the age group of 15 to 24 years as compared to the total labour force.
Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa with one of the largest populations of youth in the world, comprising 33,652,424 members.
President Muhammadu Buhari had introduced The N-Power programme in Nigeria as a job enhancement scheme in Nigerian youths between the ages of 18 and 35 aimed at imbibing the learn-work-entrepreneurship culture.
About 500,000 youth, spread across the 774 local government areas of the country are benefitting from the programme as teachers in public schools, health workers in primary health centres, and as subsistent farmers’ agricultural extension advisors in communities and also as community tax liaison officers.