22nd November, 2011
The Minister of Youth Development, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, has urged Nigerian youths with creative ideas to collaborate with the ministry to address the challenges of unemployment.
A statement from the ministry on Monday in Abuja, stated that the minister made the call when members of the Nigerian Unemployed Youth Vanguard (NUYV) paid him a courtesy visit.
Signed by the Director of Press and Public Relations, Mrs Ayotunde Adesugba, the statement said Abdullahi assured unemployed youths that government was committed to exploring new opportunities for them.
He said the ministry was playing key role in advocacy and mobilisation to engage them.
â€œThe issue of youth unemployment in Nigeria is a problem of lack of skills among the Nigerian youth population.â€
According to him, 80 per cent of Nigerian youths do not possess more than secondary school certificates, which may hinder job opportunities for them, especially in competitive fields.
The minister, however, cautioned the youths against carrying placards on the streets to press home their demands, stressing that such acts would not bring the desired change.
He called on the youth body to work with government to find solution to the menace.
Earlier, Mr Solomon Adodo, the National Coordinator of NUYV, decried the lack of employment opportunities for young people.
He added that the organisation shelved its planned protest against unemployment in the country on October 1, for security reasons.
He said the group would be willing to collaborate with the ministry in any area its expertise was needed.