Onitshaâ€”Governor Peter Obi of Anambra has said that his government had concluded arrangements to conduct a census of unemployed youths in the state.
Obi disclosed this in Onitsha, Anambra, at the weekend,Â at a book launch where he was represented by Mrs Nwado Obika, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sports.
He said the exercise was aimed at finding a solution to theÂ unemployment problem in the state. â€œThe census, which will begin in two weeks, would also take data on their job interest and talents to facilitate action on unemployment. Government will build more skill acquisition centres in most communities to facilitate its programme on employment and self-reliance,â€ he said.
The book, titled, â€œWhat Our Youths Were not Taught,â€™â€™ wasÂ written by Mr Vincent Ibeh, the 2010 first prize winner of the Anambra State Governorâ€™s Literary Award.
Obi said government would concentrate more on skill acquisition in order to halt the non-availability of skilled and semi-skilled artisans and other professionals. â€œPresently, we rely on foreigners for our mason, tiling work, wood works, etc and while most of our youth are roaming the streets, the foreigners are earning more to take back to their countries,â€ he said.
He added that the government had decided to go the extra mile to ensure that unemployment was reduced to the barest minimum within the next four years.
Mr Nwabufo Nwankwo, the Chairman, National Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN, Anambra State chapter, said that the council will continue to encourage youths to develop a reading culture through various seminars and award programmes.
Nwankwo, who reviewed the 316-page book with 24 chapters, said the book had a lot of inspiration for the 21st century youth.