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Youth And Interior Ministries To Collaborate To Combat Youth Unemployment In Nigeria

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Joel Ajayi

Federal Ministry of Youth and Ministry of Interior to collaborate to combat unemployment among youth in Nigeria.

The Minister of Youth Development, Dr. Jamila Bio Ibrahim, made this known during her courtesy visit to the Minister of Interior, Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, at his office in Abuja.

She said the Ministry of Youth Development is proposing a comprehensive collaboration with the Ministry of Interior to develop and implement targeted strategies to combat the soaring rates of youth unemployment in Nigeria, noting that this partnership aims to leverage resources, expertise, and innovative approaches to address the complex challenges faced by young people entering the workforce.

Ibrahim brought to the attention of the Minister of Interior that in a recent decision, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) had approved the restructuring and expansion of the Youth Investment Fund. “The fund has been increased from N75 billion to N110 billion, with the specific aim of serving as a robust funding mechanism for the implementation of the Presidential Initiatives on Youth Enterprise Clusters.”

“The plan is to establish Clusters in key sectors of the economy, ensuring that young people take the lead in these sectors. The priority sectors include agriculture, digital economy, blue economy, creative economy, extractive economy (mining), and the oil and gas sector.” She added.

The Minister elaborated on the vision, emphasizing “the importance of having these economic clusters owned and driven by young individuals adding this approach aims to integrate young people into the economic processes of our country. It is part of the concerted efforts towards achieving an ambitious 3 trillion dollar economy, as articulated by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu”.

Ibrahim explained to her counterpart that she wanted to partner with Agencies under his supervision, one of those critical Agencies is the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) whose core mandate is to protect national assets and these clusters are projected to be pivotal assets for the prosperity of the nation.

“We are going to discuss methods for funding the recruitment of individuals who will be responsible for monitoring and protecting the clusters.  We also aim to leverage the specialized expertise of your agency to assist the Ministry in the comprehensive profiling and assessment of these young individuals. Moreover, we seek NSCDC’s insights to conduct a meticulous audit to determine the exact number of personnel needed to be at these clusters. We believe that NSCDC’s expert recommendations will be instrumental in fortifying this invaluable national asset, which has the potential to significantly boost the country’s economy.”

“We must prioritize mentorship by establishing Young Marshal Volunteers in Agencies under the Interior, such as the Nigeria Immigration Service, NSCDC, the Nigeria Correction Service, and Fire Service. Currently, there is a concerning lack of mentorship for young people, leading to societal issues. The Marshal Volunteers platform will address this gap by providing mentorship and instilling values of service, contributing to the development of a new generation in our society”, she stated.

The Minister of Interior, Honourable Olunbunmi Tunji-Ojo, underscored the accessibility of his office for potential collaborations. He elaborated on their comprehensive efforts to address the issue of overcrowding in Correctional centers across the country. Additionally, he stressed the ongoing plans to restructure these centers to adhere to international standards, outlining specific measures such as improvements in facilities and operational processes.

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Foundation Advocates For Attitudinal Change In Society

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By Charles Ebi

Foundation for Correction of Moral Decadence (FCMD) has called for attitudinal change among Nigerians for the development of the country.

President of the organisation Joseph Danley Obiechie made the call yesterday at the foundation graduation held in Abuja.

He said that the anti-corruption war was the best thing that has ever happened to Nigeria because the country was not progressing due to the menace of corruption.

“I think we should all do everything possible to collectively assist the president so that corruption would be fought head on. Any country that is corrupt will definitely never progress,” Obiechie said.

According to him, the norms and values in our society unfortunately are almost gone with the wind.

Obiechie noted that from the lackadaisical way issues are approached and the despicable way the citizens treat each other; moral decadence has permeated into all facets of the nation.

Attitudinal change is key to our livelihood. Let’s change our mind-set especially in the performance of our civic responsibilities. When you perform your civic responsibility passionately, it makes your work easy. That is what this is all about. I found out that our prayers do not translate into how we behave in the performance of our civic responsibilities.

There is no time anybody has seen God. The God we can see is one another. We should treat each other with respect. Love is missing in our miss. The agape love that gives and asks nothing in return. 

Those in the educational sector are the backbone of this nation. Without them, I can stand here to speak.

The orientation of the mind is very important because they deal with our children. Children are the leaders of tomorrow.

According to him, the way we handle our children is very important.  We want to reorient the mind-set of the teachers so that he or she can be able to handle them. 

He call for the assistance of the media, to spread the message to our leaders as it will help a great deal. 

Rather than engage in such considerations, let us instead address very specific issues, focusing on those attitudes that are unfortunately still so rampant within our society and which are keeping us from attaining the quality of life which should be ours, especially considering the incredible resources, both human and natural, with which our nation is blessed.

He emphases the need to return to sound values which will make us prosper again as a nation and values are about morality.

A society that will develop and make significant advancement must have a certain number of people who will be dissatisfied and uncomfortable with things as they are, and be willing to commit their time and energies to doing something about it. They are the true leaders Nigeria is waiting for. The others will follow.

However, I would like to say that the fundamental attitudinal change we need in our nation right now is a moral one. If we continue to disregard and even despise those millions of Nigerians who are suffering because of the unjust system we are running children, young people, widows, the unemployed we will never attain sustainable development.

The nation will continue to inch our way forward, celebrating insignificant advancements; but even those will be seriously compromised by the price we will pay in terms of insecurity and constant restiveness in the country.

The worrisome developments in the country at this time, with drums of war starting to be beaten all over, also afford us a singular opportunity to check some of our attitudes to nation building. Can a nation be built on inequality and injustice? Again, we look to the leadership of the nation to provide a sincere, well-reasoned approach to tackling these challenges.

 “If nothing was done to halt these monstrous vices from devouring us, our country is doomed,” he said.

Earlier Mrs  Rekiya Muhammed Ibrahim, Director of Administration Education Secretariat who represented the Mandate Secretary, This is a kind of sensitisation that has been on-going for a while . We have been having it since 2022.

We are orientating the minds of our teachers, the school administrators and other staff of the education secretariat to have a change of attitude towards their work.

We believe if we are able to have this sensitisation for our school managers, administrators, teachers, it can go down to our pupils and they will also have a change of attitude.

You know we are in the administration of renewed hope. We want this country to change for the better. There are a lot of narrative vices that are going on in society. We believe that this orientation will help them have a rethink of how things are being done which will be traced down to the students so that this nation can develop.

We urged them to pay attention and listen, and take home the positive attitude to change the way they do things and further impact the knowledge to their students because our youths these days are something else.  

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