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AYGF urges youths to demand expansion of production capacities 

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Africa Youth Growth Foundation (AYGF), has urged Nigerian youths to demand expansion of the nation’s production capacities and diversification of the economy.

The group opined that such expansion could be achieved through agriculture, minerals and mining, oil and gas, manufacturing and industries, science and technology, telecommunications, transportation, and electricity for global competitiveness and comparative advantages.

Executive Director of the group, Dr Arome Salifu, who gave the charge in Abuja, during a Youth Leadership and Mentoring Programme, said the youth demography must take a resolute position to either be the victims or victors of the current circumstances in Nigeria, as incidences of suicide among young people have assumed a scary dimension in recent times. 

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He added that youths must realise that they have both the responsibility and the opportunity to create the present and the future they want to see.

He therefore urged both the government and the citizens to declare a state of emergency in the social sector due to the current level of regular and irregular migration from the country as well as insecurity and social challenges.
According to Salifu, the challenges were undoubtedly connected to and symptomatic of the current level of unemployment poverty in Nigeria. 

“The current socio-economic outlook in Nigeria is particularly challenging, coupled with our fast growing population at nearly three per cent, and occupying the unenviable position as the country with the highest number of poor people in the world.

According to the National Bureau of Statistics, Nigeria’s unemployment rate was at 23.13 per cent in the third quarter of 2018. Youth poverty and unemployment are not any better.

“Youths need not only shape the conversation and design a new narrative, but also to set new and ambitious agenda for themselves and those entrusted with public trust, resources, and power through constructive engagements that could help in our collective national discovery, recovery and realisation,” he stated.

Also speaking, the National President, the Civil Liberty Organisation, (CLO), Igho Akeregha, who blamed the poor performance of entrepreneurship in Nigeria on failure in governance, urged youths to demand for accountability and transparency from the government. 

Akeregha described the N30,000 monthly stipend paid by the Federal Government to graduates under its social investment programme as a conspiracy to make youths remain in poverty. 


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