In the bid to reduce youth unemployment and eliminating all the security threats in the country, the federal government has been challenged to match each state government’s effort at youth empowerment scheme one on one.
Osun State Governor Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who made this call recently, insisted that the only panacea for the high rate of insecurity and threats all over the country was actively engaging the youth engagement in a sustained empowerment programme.
Speaking on the alarming rate of unemployment among the youth between the ages of 18 and 30 years, Aregbesola said “I am miffed, disturbed and worried by the spate and scale of insecurity in Nigeria and it is also clear to me that there can’t be a solution outside providing something for this army of unemployed youth.”
According to him, the youth, for lack of other things to do are often restive and uncontrollable and easy to be manipulated for any vice to be committed.
“So if federal government can say that for every youth that is engaged by any state government, they will match it with one at the federal level, it will go a long way in reducing, if not eliminating youth unemployment.”
“Federal government can really help in eliminating this scourge of unemployment by matching the states with that nobody can accuse you of favouring one state over the other. If the state employs/empowers 1,000 let the federal government also employ/empower 1,000, if the state can do 10,000 or 100,000 let the federal government match it with the same 10,000 or 100,000 and it is easier for federal government to do it,” Aregbesola stated.