With recent reports by The World Bank stipulating that the unemployment rate in Nigeria is at an alarming 22 per cent while the youth unemployment rate is 38 per cent. Making unemployment a throbbing issue to the Nigerian people. Kwara state governor Abdulfatah Ahmed on Tuesday said that his administration taking initiative would create 5,000 additional jobs for the youths in the first quarter of 2014, under the Federal Government Subsidy Re-investment Program (SURE-P).
This happened at a one-day technical youth summit for unemployed youths organised by the constituency office of Senator Bukola Saraki representing Kwara Central in the National Assembly, where he said, “In Sha Allah, in the next 30 to 60 days, we are going to create jobs for a minimum of 5000 youths”.
Buttressing great things in store for the year 2014 and the people of Kwara state, in a attempt to cultivate and build in spirit of entrepreneurship in the youths of Kwara state, Ahmed said that his administration would also earmark N50 million on a quarterly basis to assist individuals and promote the development of small-scale entrepreneurship in the state. He said that a N100-million loan scheme had also been put in place for artisans in the state.
The summit with the theme; “Youth Unem-ployment in Kwara State: The way forward” drew over 400 participants from across the state and is expected to create jobs in different areas, according to Saraki. Ahmed who noted that the success in Kwara is not about its resources but being resourceful, assured that the 5000 jobs would be created as promised.
“We do not say what we will not do. Anything we say is cast in stone. That is our landmark and you must recognize that this thing can only be possible when we have a government of inclusiveness; a government that allows everybody to play a role, not a government that supports a few individuals”, he said. Saraki said the state of emergency declared in the power and security sectors should be replicated in the area of unemployment. He said the high rate of unemployment in Nigeria is a threat to the peace and stability of the nation.
He added that though the current unemployment rate in the state is 9 per cent, the second lowest in the country, stakeholders should not sleep with their two eyes closed until every unemployed youth is gainfully employed.
“In as much as it is a national problem, Kwara must strive to even do better by addressing unemployment head on by being creative, thinking outside the box and finding solutions”, he said, noting that entrepreneurship promotion is the new trend to address the unemployment challenge.
The governor also speaking about education in the state assured the people that the International Vocational Centre in Ajasse-Ipo would enroll its first batch of students in the second quarter of 2014. and also the three technical colleges in Ilorin, Erin-Ile and Patigi would be rehabilitated to promote technical education in the state.