Again, Senate has raised the alarm over the escalating unemployment rate and called on the federal, state, and local governments to declare emergency on the state of joblessness in the country.
The upper legislative chamber also urged the federal government, through the Ministry of National Planning, to “put up mechanisms and programmes that would provide employment for our teeming unemployed graduates/youth at all tiers of government.”
Specifically, it called on the federal government to initiate a sustainable Unemployment Fund for the payment of living stipends to unemployed Nigerians until such persons secure any kind of employment.
The resolutions were sequel to a motion entitled “Escalating Rate of Unemployment in the Country” sponsored by former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, during plenary.
Ekweremadu, while presenting the motion, noted that the worsening unemployment statistics in the country during plenary, expressing concern that the large numbers of various levels of graduates churned out by various higher institutions of learning on annual basis, but who could not be absorbed by the labour market, were a time bomb waiting to explode.
He reasoned that “a situation where every graduate has to queue up for job only in government offices is an indication of the breakdown of private sector, which is the major driver of world economies”, expressing worries that “these energies and potential talents that are lying idle and wasting away are usually misdirected toward many unprofitable and harmful ventures and lifestyles”.
Continuing, he also observed that a situation where “most active percentage of the nation’s population is forcefully caged by unemployment from participating in the economic development of fatherland and from contributing toward the Gross Domestic Product (GDP)” was dangerous.
“High level of crimes in any society is most times related to high rate of unemployment.
“Unemployment is one of the major causes of the upsurge in rural-urban migration, which puts pressure on facilities at the urban centers.
“Unemployment is one of the major reasons insurgency, kidnaping, armed robbery, cyber crimes and other vices are on the increase
“Various intervention programmes by successive governments targeted at reducing youth unemployment and eradicating its co-traveler, poverty, have not yielded the desired results”, he added.
Consequently, the Senate also urged the Federal, State, and Local Governments to revitalise existing industries, build new ones, and provide conducive and enabling environment for the Private Sector to build more industries.
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