Unemployment Reaching Dangerous Dimension in Nigeria, Says Niger Gov

Abubakar Sani Bello

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The Niger State Governor, Alhaji Sani Bello, has raised the alarm that only 50 out of every 250,000 graduates across the country secure employment after their National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) year.

The governor said the unemployment rate in the country was reaching a dangerous dimension requiring concerted efforts to be taken by relevant stakeholders to address and stem the trend.

Bello spoke in Kontagora on Saturday at the graduation of trainees from the Colonel Sani Bello Vocational School under the Sani Bello Foundation. The foundation is sponsored by the father of the governor and one time military governor of Kano State.

He said: “The situation now calls for urgent attention. From every 250,000 corps members that complete their mandatory service year, hardly do we have 50 of them getting jobs, thereby making vocational education and skill acquisition the way to empower our teeming youths.

“The high rate of unemployment of our youths after university education would have been taken care of, if our youths strive to acquire and develop skills in various vocations, thereby getting themselves gainfully engaged and becoming masters of their future.”

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  • Gbade Akinyooye

    Thank you Mr Governor. The government should provide enabling environment for industry and commerce to thrive and absorb these corpers. All legislations that stand in the way of enterpreunears to start a business of their own should be reviewed. Present government speed of policy implementation is rather too slow. PMB is not using all the powers in his hand to rapidly turn things around.Recent executive order issued by the VP, while acting as president, has had some impact on business. Besides, the government need to wake up to the fact that our current population growth rate is not sustainable.The resources available is NOT enough to support our rate of population growth.

    • yinka

      I thought the VP and President are working together as a team. So, why give credit to one and not the administration or team. What is the Governor economy plan to bring private business to his state.