eaders must show respect for skills to encourage capable individuals, and praise those who have made modest achievements in their professions in order for the country to progress both politically and economically. And they should urge their citizens to go about their business peacefully, be it in trade, agriculture, or any other human activity.
According to Niccolo Machiavelli’s statements, Nigeria faces a pressing problem for which it must find solutions quickly.
To clarify, Nigeria is a large country with numerous issues that stymie its progress, including corruption, insecurity, unemployment, and a shortage of electricity. But I do not have to think long to realize that the most damaging of all of these issues, in my opinion, is youth unemployment.
Although, Nigerians have recently witnessed several job creation initiatives from the Federal Government, the most recent being N-power, a project under the Social Investment Programme for the creation of jobs and empowerment of Nigerians, this has, in no way proffer a solution to unemployment.
Despite these initiatives, it is clear that youth unemployment is on the rise and may not cease anytime soon unless the government takes drastic and dramatic action.
Jobless Nigerian youngsters crowd every political campaign field in great thousands for unlawful electoral obligations while looking up to the crumbs that fall from their master’s table, further supporting the aforesaid argument.
This is a ‘made all the more tragic by the knowledge that it could have been avoided.’
As much as I sympathize with these young people who are bearing the brunt of the country’s declining educational standards, which have rendered many unemployed, I must admit that instant gratification and other negative influences emanating from social media have conspired to make some of them lazy and morally bankrupt.
Certain youngsters’ misbehavior, however, does not absolve the government of responsibility for the frustration and anguish that the youths are experiencing. The absence of political will to address the problem at its source, or the recognition of the urgent need to abandon politics and look for constructive and innovative ways to combat the country’s unemployment adversary, contributes to the country’s ever-increasing number of unemployed and underemployed.
To clarify, Nigerians will not have to look long to notice the impact if the government has taken any significant steps in this direction. And it is not what the federal government intends to do or can do that concerns me. Instead, I am concerned about what they are doing now and whether it is in the best interests of Nigerian young.
Aside from the fact that youth unemployment has made us appear to the rest of the world as a people without a plan for their future leaders, the situation has led the rest of the world to believe that the government is unconcerned about the fact that youth unemployment has challenges that cut across regions, religions, and tribes. In the past, this had resulted in the growth of ethnic militias as well as youth unrest.
Clearly, this menace has grown even more evident not just in the oil-rich Niger Delta region of the country, where a vast army of professionally-trained ex-militants are today unemployed, but also in the northern portion of the country, where Almajiris are on the rise by the day.
Our politicians may be ‘winning political positions,’ but their inability to translate these successes into better lives for the youngsters through job development and other social programmes is raising questions about their honesty.
It will be extremely rewarding to remind the leaders of the excellent options available to them in handling this terrible situation and the looming threat of failure.
I believe the government should take action to assist the youth in overcoming this obstacle. It is in the government’s and the country’s best interests to develop jobs for young people as a powerful tool for lowering crime and threatening insecurity. It should be done for the sake of national progress and the survival of our democracy, not just for political reasons.
To begin, if the Federal Government can revamp organizations like the Niger Delta Development Commission and the Presidential Amnesty Office to be more responsive in job creation and youth capacity building, it will be a huge step in the right direction.
Similarly, ensuring that both the nation’s academic curricula and the National Youths Service Corps scheme accommodate entrepreneurship and skill development, with organizations such as the National Industrial Training Fund and the National Directorate of Employment equipped to handle youth skill training with startup funds made available.
Creating a fruitful partnership between the government, business organizations, and civil society groups during this window of vulnerability, will serve as both a critical facilitator and a means to an end. This should be a top priority for the government.
Imagine the impact that the Kukah Centre’s recent decision to establish skill acquisition centers in the Northern part of the country, where about 10 million Almajiri children will be able to learn vocations of their choice, would have if other organizations could come up with similar initiatives and are supported by the government. It will go a long way in solving the current challenge.
On their part, the youth must understand this “The future is both full of possibilities and full of unknowns. That an industrial civilization is giving way to a knowledge-based society “. As a result, they must learn to function in a knowledge-based society.
While this is going on, the federal government should act quickly to alleviate the country’s present energy crisis. The peaceful existence of both medium and small scale industries would be ensured by establishing a stable power regime. It may also entice multinationals to return to the country after the country’s energy problems. This will go a long way toward eradicating Nigeria’s enormous young unemployment, which feeds all kinds of unrest. Nigeria’s rapidly burgeoning “unemployment nine” will undoubtedly be saved with a stitch in time!