- The Senate president has warned against blaming Nigeria's government for the high rate of unemployment in the country
- Bukola Saraki said the high population growth which outpaces the economic growth is the major cause of unemployment
- He also said that Nigeria's school curricula has not yet equipped students with appropriate skills for employment
The Senate president, Bukola Saraki, has revealed why the rate of unemployment in Nigeria is very high.
Saraki while speaking at a one-day Special Public Hearing on Youth Job Creation and Entrepreneurship said it is unproductive to point accusing fingers on past and present administrations on the level of unemployment in Nigeria.
He said the major contributor to the high level of unemployment in the country is the high population growth which is outpacing economic growth.
He said schools' curricula have not equipped students with appropriate skills for employment; and the lack of vibrant industries to absorb competent graduates.
Saraki said: “It is futile to point fingers or cast blame on any one administration and/or government program.
"Nigeria’s youth deserve our immediate interest, best thinking and above all, our best efforts to create workable solutions to include their concerns in our national investment framework."
The Senate president further called for a closer coordination between agencies of the government that are in-charge of youth development and job creation in order to ensure that federal government's policies and programs on job creation are aligned across the board.
“There is clearly a lot of work that needs to be done. There is clearly poor monitoring in most cases. There is also a lot of overlap between agencies and departments of the Federal Government, however, there is not enough inter-agency collaboration.
“For as long as we continue to spend money on training young people, with no plan on what they should do after these trainings, there is need for a central point in the Federal Government where the coordination of some of these youth job creation activities is to be done.
“As some of my colleagues have pointed out, we must focus on the outcomes and targets of these intervention programs. As such, we really need to review all the budgets of these MDAs to ensure that they are effectively delivering on their mandate to create jobs.
“For the youths that are here and the NGOs, my message to you is that we will need to have a holistic approach and review of what is going on with job creation across the country," Saraki concluded.
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NAIJ.com earlier reported that some beneficiaries of the N-Power scheme have called on the federal government to pay them their outstanding monthly stipends.
One of the N-Teach beneficiaries, Chika Nwokedi, said it is becoming increasing difficult to carter for her family needs since the government failed to pay them.
Another beneficiary, John Davids, a teacher at the government secondary school, Lugbe, appealed to the government to come to their aid.
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