The founder of Lagos Business School and a renowned professor of economic and former presidential candidate in Nigeria, Prof. Patrick Utomi has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to embrace youth engagement and empowerment as a sacrosanct to the lingering security and economic barrier in the country.
Prof. Pat Utomi further stated that the launch of YouthCan! an initiative by SOS Children’s Villages in Lagos was a welcome development in the right path.
At the launching of the initiative, Prof. Pat, who was the special guest speaker stated that,
“We need to invest more in the youths in this country if we care about tomorrow. Human capital cannot be overemphasized in any economy and as such, our youths in this country are our strengths which the federal government should invest in. The initiative of SOS Children’s Villages Nigeria on YouthCan! is to reduce the looming unemployment facing over 60% of Nigerian youths.”
Also speaking at the launch, the Director General of the Budget Office of the Federation, Dr. Ben Akabueze, represented by his Technical Assistant, Mr. Yinka Babalola, stated that failure of government to address and proffer solution to the unemployment challenges in the past led to the current unemployment crisis in the country, adding that the Federal Government is determined to create about 15 million jobs by 2020.
All the participants at the launching of the initiatives pleaded with the government not to relent in engaging the youth of the country because there voice count in ensuring transparency and good governance.