Economic recession, youth restiveness, joblessness and insecurity rocking the country can only be curbed by massive job creation for the youths.
The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Nigeria, Princess Gloria Akobundu, the Chief Executive Officer, disclosed that job creation will solved the lingering insecurity in the country and further said that job creation as a prescription solution to societal menace, insecurity and youth restiveness and idleness among the youths in the nooks and crannies of the country.
This disclosure was made in FCT, Abuja, Nigeria on Thursday 22 June 2017 during an interactive meeting forum with senior New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Nigeria officials, stressed the need to re-direct youths’ energy to saleable skills and engaged them in a positive way.
Gloria Akobundu was quoted as stating that “There is need for energy and resources of youths in the country to be re-directed to saleable skills, if the nation must achieve the peace she deserves.
“Greater attention must return to the development of personal skills in different vocations so that government can curb the twin issues of youth restiveness and insecurity across the country,’’ she said.
‘‘In those days, our schools taught vocational skills, handiwork, crafts, introductory technology and all that, but today all those things have all disappeared from our curricula.
“To get it right, we must return our children and youths to the path of those glorious days when our hands demonstrated whatever we knew early in life.”
“Youths need mentorship, and this can only come strongly at the place of work,” she said.
“Vocational centres must be situated in the villages where those who need them can easily trek there and make use of them.
“They can be receiving government stipends and get start-up packs at the end of their training as incentives to keep such centres active and productive,” she noted.
“The cost of insecurity and youth restiveness far outweighs whatever government will use as allowances for the trainees.”
The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) is an economic development programme of the African Union (AU).
NEPAD further urges country’s leaders to bridge the gap between the youths and leaders to foists a sense of youth leadership engagement mentoring, youth’s empowerment, creation of vocational centres for communities for human resources development across the local government of all the states in the country.