Unemployment a Challenge to Nigerian Youth: Any Remedy!

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In this period of economic meltdown, job loss, foreclosure and fear of uncertainty; the challenges of Nigerian youth are hydra-headed. However, one of the most crucial challenges presently facing Nigerian youth is unemployment. The rate of unemployment is becoming increasingly alarming. According to Rebecca Enobong Roberts, in the recent statistics claim, over 3 million youth in Lagos State alone are unemployed, about two million are underskilled for employment while others, work as temporal staff and are cheated by empolyment agencies with little pay and no social protection. Thus, the neglect of Nigeian youth is one of the major causes of drug abuse, unproductive activities such as internet fraud, prostitution, violent behaviour, armed robbery, continuious rioting causing economic instability and threatening investment opportunity in the country. Development relies more on human capital, hence, the need to invest in education YOUTH AND UNEMPLOYMENT

The Nigerian Natinal Youth Policy (2001:2) defines youth as comprising all young persons between the ages 18 and 35 years who are citizens of the Federal Repulic of Nigeria. Youth are the engine of economic growth; since, they constitute largely the workforce and consuming class in an economy. The productivity of labour and the quality of consumer demand are two critical drivers of economic growth from both supply and demands sides. The future of any nation lies in the strength of her youth; how they are empowered to face the challenges of the globe. They are the well spring of ideas and innovation which would spur economic, political and social growth. It is expected that they be meaningfully employed. The role of young people in the society cannot be over-emphasized. They are important because they have the potentials and vigour that will help our nation chart new ways out of the several incubuses we are trapped. Unemployment has remained a...
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