By Zakaa Lazarus, Abuja.
A group under the aegis of Unemployed Youth Association of Nigeria (UYAN) has called on the federal government to include unemployed
Youths in the national budget to achieve economy growth and stability in Nigeria.
This call was made by the newly elected National President of the group, Comrade Casmir Irekamba after taking oath of office at its just concluded elective congress on Monday in Abuja.
The president who expressed worry over the population of unemployed Nigerian youths that requires immediate attention, he noted that it is crucial UYAN under his leadership to key in to government initiatives and programs aimed at creating job opportunities for the Unemployed youths in Nigeria. As according to him, the youths are largest demographic group facing limited job opportunities and an uncertain future.
“Unfortunately, the unemployment stands at an alarming rate of above 34%. This figure not only highlights the magnitude of the problem but also raises concerns about its long-term consequences against economic growth and social stability, youth restiveness and revenging insecurity in the country. He maintained”.
According to the UYAN new leader, “tackling youth unemployment requires a comprehensive approach that focuses on creating more job opportunities while equipping young people with relevant skills needed in today’s competitive job market. It calls for targeted government interventions that prioritize investment in education, skills acquisition/vocational training programs, entrepreneurship support initiatives, as well as public-private partnerships aimed at fostering economic growth through youth employment, empowerment and development”.
Comrade Irekamba while urging the Unemployed youth in Nigeria to be peaceful and purposeful, he however called on the government and the private sector to encourage entrepreneurial mindset through mentorship programs, access to finance schemes, and business incubation as well as supports that can empower youths to create their own employment opportunities that will contribute to economic growth of the country.
Other executives elected at the National Executive Council of UYAN are Comrade Yakubu John as general secretary, Comrade Shehu Adamu, deputy president, Comrade Chidi Leo Chielo, national treasurer, Comrade Daniel Margima, national publicity secretary.
Comrade Hallimatu Ibrahim national financial Secretary, Barr Tony Akhigbe, national legal adviser, Comrade Segun Olawale, deputy general secretary and Kemi Adebayo, national welfare officer.