Stakeholders mull intervention to address migration, unemployment
Stakeholders, who converged in Abuja, said the growing migration challenge in Nigeria is surmountable if the Federal Government changed its approach to the education sector, and provide necessary policies that will make the country attractive to young people.
While the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), has said Nigeria has about 1.3 million international migrant stock in 2019, as a lot of Nigerians stranded across the world, especially in Libya, are repatriated, the stakeholders said there must be a collective action plan that would provide jobs locally.
Speaking at the Next Economy close out meeting, which was orgnaised by SOS Children’s Village Nigeria, National Director, Eghosa Erhumwunse, noted that until the university system started providing the needed skills for employment, the country’s unemployment figure may not abate.
With a total of 4,123 Nigerians voluntarily returning from Libya between January 6 and December 18, 2018 alone, Erhumwunse insisted that the country needs a fovourable environment that would discourage young Nigerians from searching for greener pastures in Europe and other continents.
“We need to take action. We need to go back to our drawing board. Nigeria has more of youthful population so for us to ensure that people are going out of the country; we need to empower young people and improve the educational system. We need to address the gap in our educational system.
“Young people are not with the required set skills and competence to seek job or create their own jobs. We need to build their capacities in both hard and soft skills,” he said.
With the Next Economy initiative, championed in collaboration with Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Erhumwunse said the move is aimed at addressing youth unemployment and poverty.
stakeholders however said the initiative is not enough, adding that government and other developmental partners must be committed to addressing the underlining causes of migration in the country.
A Pragramme Coordinator for Next Economy in Nigeria, Louisa Ogwuru, added that the programme equally promoted entrepreneurship, reaching out to about 2,769 across the country.
She insisted that young Nigerians must understand that there opportunities in entrepreneurship beyond white collar jobs.
The Chief Marketing Officer, Poise Nigeria, Asher Adeniyi, who also spoke at the event, noted that the programme in the country goes beyond the availability of jobs to the right skills for jobs.
He equally noted that young Nigerians must also change their mind-set from availability to be optimistic, and improve their skills for the right jobs.
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