Ondo and the Drive to Tackle Youth Unemployment

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Ondo and the Drive to Tackle Youth Unemployment

It is no longer news that millions of Nigerian youths are jobless

Unemployment can be defined as the situation where willing and able youths  cannot get befitting work to do

According to Nigeria’s National Bureau of Statistics, youths unemployed rate has increased to 33.1 percent from 29.5 percent in the third quarter of last year

This according to experts has led to robbery, prostitution, drug and human trafficking, apart from frustration and poverty

Reasons for youth unemployment are attributed to boycott of agriculture due to oil boom between 1960s and 70s, neglect of indigenous technology and inadequate patronage  of  local industries by  consumers and government, as well as corruption and fraud by some selfish leaders.

Describing agriculture as the tap root of economy, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu said Ondo State Government had registered 1000 youths in each 18 local government areas of the state to be trained in various fields of agriculture to create more employment opportunities.

Governor Akeredolu said the government had also partnered Central Bank of Nigeria to empower another 10000 youths under a new agricultural scheme tagged, accelerated agricultural development scheme

A youth leader, Mr Benjamin Daramola, who decried hardship being faced by unemployed graduates, described the step as commendable with optimism that it would reduce unemployment if well implemented.

Also speaking with Radio Nigeria, the state’s Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr Saka Ogunleye disclosed that the government also invested in sporting activities  to improve the wellbeing of youths interested in sports as a way of engaging them.

Mr Ogunleye, however encouraged youths to be innovative and creative noting that the era of white collar job was over.

David Odofin

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