Released October 13, 2021
Former Anambra state governor and People’s Democratic Party vice-presidential candidate in the 2019 election Peter Obi said Nigeria is in crisis in various sectors as the country has not invested in its youth.
Obi said this on Tuesday at the eight-year public lecture organized by the Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria on “National Security Challenges: Neglect of Youth?” held in Yaba, Lagos.
He said, “Our country’s neglect of our youth is that we do not invest; first, in education, which is the most important component of human development, and second, not investing in the engine that drives the economy; Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.
“These have created a pool of unemployed and underemployed youth who are the root causes of the crises we face today. We have more unemployed youth here than in South Africa because of our population and that is a crisis that we are going through.
“These youngsters don’t know where their next meal is coming from, and the result is that we have the highest drug recurrence in the world. The average is 5.5 percent; in Nigeria it is 14.8 percent, among young people it is 21 percent. ”
In his remarks, Lagos State Governor Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, represented by State Secretary of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Ms. Mosunmola Shasore, pointed out that dwindling economic conditions were some of the factors driving the social vices among young people are responsible.
He said, “There was no conscious policy of neglecting the youth. The truth, however, is that the effects of a dwindling economy would mainly be felt by young people facing the challenges of unemployment, job loss and the inability to make a decent living.
Ekiti State Governor Dr. Kayode Fayemi, represented by the Commissioner for Special Tasks, Mr Ayodele Jinadu, said: “Nigeria as a country is a work in progress and we must not throw our youth into the trash can of time. We owe our collective effort to get things right to the community, the state and the nation. ”
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