By Anayo Okolie
Member, Senate Committee on National Intelligence, Senator Akin Babalola Odunsi saturday said the use of military as part of the strategies to end the insurgency in the northern part of the country, is not the solution to the unrest that Nigeria is currently facing.
The senator who is representing Ogun West senatorial district in the upper chamber of the National Assembly, recalled that the “President had once declared emergency in some number of local government areas, what was the outcome? What I think is the most important thing is for us to apply social political solution.” He noted that the challenge of insecurity in Nigeria today is traceable to years of neglect and discontent in the land.
According to him, “some years back, there was the introduction of a 6-3-3-4 educational system and the whole idea of the programme was that a child spends the first six years in primary school, three years in junior secondary school and if demonstrate good academic standing, will proceed to the next three years at the senior secondary school and four years in tertiary institutions.
“The first three years in secondary school is meant to weed out those who have demonstrable academic standing and those who don’t,” he said. “Those who don’t are not meant to be wasted but are to be engaged in vocational skills and technical training. But how many schools are doing this now? And these students are pushed through till they get to universities,” Odunsi stressed.
Odunsi, who is also the Vice Chairman Senate Committee Air force Affairs, stated that “many of them could not even secure admission to universities and polytechnics for a number of years and these are people with no vocational training and skills but are redundant in unemployment market. Thus, you end up creating an unemployment belt at the secondary school level. And for those who are able to secure universities admission and colleges of education, after graduation, many of them also end up not securing any employment or are not even employable and for many years, the list has been growing. “
The lawmaker further stressed that the unemployment market rises by the day,” he added.
“In the past, many of the textile industries used to work on shift bases. But along the line, the shifts have been reduced from three to one, majorly because of the dilapidated infrastructures and power.”
The lawmaker asked: “Where do you think all those who are being dropped from each of these shifts are going? Of course, the unemployment market. All these couple with the failure of government to provide basic social needs of the citizenry make the youths willing tools in the hands of those who want to foment trouble for one reason or the other, especially those within the political class.”