Saraki Tasks Public, Private Sector On Job Creation For Youths
The President of the Senate Assembly, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has called for an immediate interest for the federal government, legislative arm, private sectors and civil societies, to focus attention on youth unemployment and development crisis rocking the country.
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Saraki made this call at a one-day public hearing on youth development and empowerment at the National Assembly on Monday.
He explained that, it would do the country no good to continue to heap blames on individuals or administration on the account of unemployment rate in Nigeria.
According to the senate leader, “Nigerian 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. It is futile to point fingers or cast blame on any one else administration and/or government programme”, he said.
Saraki consequently stated the factors responsible for the increase in youth unemployment to include, population growth, out-spacing economic growth; inability of school curricula to adequately equip students with skills for employment and inadequate industries to absorb competent graduates.
The Senate President, therefore, promised support of the National Assembly to any government policy or private sector and civil society programme aimed at finding solutions to youth unemployment and developmental crisis.
The public hearing which is trending on the hashtag #SenateOnJobCreation, is a continuation of the Youth Development Roundtable discussion sponsored by the Nigerian Senate on 9th October 2017.
Participants at the ongoing public hearing include, the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Investment Program, Dr. Mrs Mariam Uwais; Director at the Ministry of Trade and Investment, Prof. Ochapa Onazi, President, High Tech Centre for Women and Youths, Dr. Omowunmi Hassan, government agencies in job creations, empowerment and youth development, as well as civil society groups across the country.