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Unemployment fuels instability - Speaker

18 June 2013, 07:52

Abuja - Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, said the unemployment rate in Nigeria was no longer tolerable and warned that unless something urgent was done, the country would grapple with militancy and youth’s unrest.

“We should not forget that the army of unemployed youths in many African countries are either easily mobilised or mobilise themselves into spontaneous militancy,” he said during the international conference on ‘Emerging Democracies in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities.

The two-day conference was held in Abuja.

Tambuwal argued that employment rates in the country and the African continent would not improve if policies were not stabilised.

“Youths play a prominent role in making or marring nationhood. We know that about 46.5 percent of Nigerian youths are unemployed and under normal circumstances, 10 percent unemployment rate is intolerable.

"Employment rates will not improve unless we are able to stabilise our policies, grow infrastructure, grow our economies and enthrone good governance. We need to engage our youths positively,” Tambuwal said.

He raised concern that many countries in Africa had failed to commit to good governance.

“Consequently, conflict, poverty and social disarray continue to plague our countries in Africa, creating a vicious circle of instability that inhibits economic development,” Tambuwal said.

- CAJ News



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