Muslim elders task government on youth employment, skills acquisition
Elders Forum of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Nigeria branch, have urged government to tackle youth unemployment with much robustness, as this has been a major drawback towards real development.
Noting that, youth unemployment should be confronted forcefully through proper technical training, moral re-orientation, financial aid, and educational empowerment.
This call was made in a communiqué signed at its 43rd Annual National Ijtema (Convention) held in Badagry. Themed ‘GLOBAL SECURITY: THE CRITICAL NEED OF THE TIME’.
The group urged Federal Government of Nigeria not to relent on its efforts in containing the virulent virus called corruption. It firmly believes that this epidemic lies at the root of Nigeria’s underdevelopment, poverty, moral degradation and social and infrastructural decay.
They implored the Federal and State governments to strengthen the various law enforcement agencies to fight the scourge and enact new laws to fortify existing ones so that the fans of corruption will have nowhere to hide.
According to the elders, “since pluralistic societies have the fertile potential for conflicts, and Nigeria being one of such, there is the critical need for formidable security of lives and property of the citizenry.
They urged government to invest more human, technical, logistic and financial resources in the security apparatus of the country. “Efforts should be diligently directed towards de-escalating cases of kidnapping, ritual killing, armed robbery and ethnic conflict.”
The group equally viewed development of the agriculture sectors as one the most potent tools of youth empowerment. They therefore, called on the government to increase the budget on agriculture, increase the provision of resources such as land for agriculture and improved seedlings in order to not only provide jobs on a massive scale for the populace but as well to improve the industrial, revenue, nutritional, and security potentials of the country.
The group called on the adherents of all religions in the country to pray fervently to God, that He may improve the peace and security of Nigeria so that it may not be consumed by ethnic, social, and political conflagration.
“The Convention prayed that Allah may guide political leaders to steer the ship of our nation’s development to greater heights and stay corruption free”.