By Dave Oso
Senator Akin Odunsi, yesterday, faulted the Federal Government for paying lip service to youth employment in Nigeria, saying that the country was sitting on a keg of gunpowder, if the unemployment situation was not urgently addressed.
Speaking on the ill-fated recruitment exercise carried out by the Nigeria Immigration Service, Sanator Odunsi, representing Ogun West senatorial district, said: “What happened on March 8, has clearly exposed the lies of the Federal Government that it has provided one million jobs for Nigerian youths, which up till now, no one has seen or felt the impact in the employment market. Was it not an irony that over 700,000 applicants are jostling for jobs vacancies meant for about 4,300, and to add salt to injury, they still had to part with N1,000 each.”
Odunsi addressed newsmen, in Otta, Ogun State, at the youth empowerment programme he initiated for 22 university graduates drawn from each ward in the senatorial district.
He expressed worry that the huge turn-over of jobless university graduates every year would have a spiral effect on the larger populace.
He said: “If the 6-3-6-4 education policy was implemented to the letter, not many of our kids would go beyond three years in school, thereafter, they would go into skill acquisition programme such as carpentry, plumbing, tailoring, welding to mention a few, but that was before. Do we today have functional technical schools anymore? They’ve all been replaced with half-baked graduates who are thrown into employment market every year.”