6th August, 2010
The lawmaker representing Lagos Island Constituency 1 in the Lagos House of Assembly, Abdul Wahab Olawale Alawiye-King, is worried over the worsening plight of the Nigerian youths, warning that no nation that genuinely aspires for global reckoning in development can afford to ignore the importance of the youth in nation building.
Alawiye-King said the average Nigerian youth is despondent, unemployable, unemployed or underemployed, hence the recourse to sundry criminal activities.
Blaming the political class for worrisome situation, the lawmaker noted that the story would have been different if leaders had shown more commitment, urging them to work towards reversing the ugly trend.
â€œIf Nigeria is to endure as a stable and progressive nation, then we all need to make concerted efforts to rescue our youths from the path of perdition,â€ Alawiye-King stated.