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Address youth unemployment now, stakeholders urge Borno Govt

BY INUSA NDAHI, MAIDUGURI

Three Non-Governmental Organisations: Centre for Peace, Diplomatic and Development Studies (CPDDS); Women Peace and Security Network supported by the Nigeria Security Reconciliation Programme (NSRP) yesterday tasked Borno State Government on rising rate of unemployment and poverty among youths.

At a one-day stakeholders’ workshop to address increasing levels of unemployment and poverty among the teeming youths in the state, the gThree Non-Governmental Organisations: Centre for Peace, Diplomatic and Development Studies (CPDDS); Women Peace and Security Network supported by the Nigeria Security Reconciliation Programme (NSRP) yesterday tasked Borno State Government on rising rate of unemployment and poverty among youths.roups charged the state government to domesticate the United Nations Resolution, 1325,of the State Action Plan Document. The document according to the stakeholders would address issues on gender violence and other related offences.

*Gov Kashim Shettima
*Gov Kashim Shettima

In his keynote address at the occasion, the CPDDS director, Prof. Michael Noku said: “The rising cases of violence perpetrated by insurgents in Borno State was caused by unemployment and poverty, including injustices. Unless the state government under leadership of Governor Kashim Shettima initiate policies and programmes that can reduce the twin problems of poverty and unemployment among the teeming youths, the problem will persist.”

He added that acquiring skills and trades should also be domesticated in the State Action Plan (SAP), adding that its implementation would address the issues of girl-child education, gender-based violence and other related offenses. He however noted that there will always be an obstacle to sustainable peace in the state and the North-East sub-region of the country if urgent steps were not taken to stem the tide.

He argued that,“For youths’ empowerment to be meaningful, it should essentially add value to the well being of the beneficiaries, who will in turn, be useful to the society. “An idle, snooker-playing youth, with no identifiable skill or visible means of livelihood, will most likely become vulnerable to negative tendencies and may constitute a threat to the society.”

Stakeholders in a communiqué issued at the end of their meeting observed that, women and children who are the most vulnerable and affected by the violent conflict, are not properly empowered.


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