Monday, December 23, 2019

Okene: Youth Engagement, Empowerment panacea to peaceful and secured environment - Senator Gbemisola Saraki

The Minister of State for Transport, Senator Gbemisola Saraki has identified youth engagement and Empowerment as the only panacea to peaceful and secured environment in the country, saying the federal government is making a concerted effort to ensure that the injustices and inequalities within the nation are not  only reduced but corrected.

Saraki who made this observation on Saturday in Okene local government area during the annual youth engagement organized by Ebira Information and Resource Center lamented that millions of graduates entered the labor market annually without any hope of getting jobs to assist themselves and their parents who plowed so much  to pay their school fees.

The Minister who was represented by Mr Abdul I. Karim said President Muhammadu Buhari has already set the ball rolling, determined and focused on the three key issues such as economic development, security and the fight against corruption that would pave ways for a greater Nigeria for all where jobs would be created for the youth and other Nigerians.

She urged members of Ebira Information and Resource Center to deliberate and think out of box on the best ways to engage youth meaningfully.

In a paper titled “Taking new direction to the next level: The imperative of privatization and empowerment consolidation” presented by Dr Yakubu Ozohu Suleiman of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, the erudite scholar, urged the federal government to be proactive in the completion and operationalization of Ajaokuta Steel company to generate enormous jobs opportunities for the teeming unemployed youth in the country.

“As part of avenue to tackle unemployment in Kogi state and the country at large, aside the Ajaokuta steel plant resuscitation, the federal government should also have the political will to dredge river Niger to generate revenue for the country and boost the business activities of Kogi  and other neighboring states.

"If this two sectors are considered for reposition, poverty that is biting harder everyday will be remove and the living standard of the people will improve" he said.

The convener of the annual youth engagement Mr AbdulKareem said the center was created in 2005 principally to assist youth in gaining job opportunities.

He added that so far over 50 graduates have been assisted by the center to secure job in civil service and private organizations across the country.