Lagos State Council of the Boys Brigade of Nigeria on Wednesday lamented the high level of youth unemployment in the country, saying the nation’s economy is not creating enough jobs to gainfully employ our exploding youthful population.
The seventh president of the council Mr. Olusegun Paul Ladega who stated this at press conference in Lagos noted that the swell in the numbers of socially excluded young persons who are Not in Education, Employment or Training is a keg of gun powder and a source of potential social upheaval.
Ladega said, “Concrete steps must be taken by the Governments at all levels as well as by all persons of goodwill to stem and reverse this unsavoury trend.
“We call for a restructuring of our Education System to provide a combination of Academic Knowledge, Vocational and Life Skill Instruction as well as Moral and Citizenship Training. Our Education programmes should be development focused. It is lamentable that in the midst of the massive youth unemployment and Under Employment, Thousands of Foreigners continue to find jobs and work opportunity in the Country: an indication that part of the unemployment problem is that of employability, new skills and knowhow need in a rapidly transforming economy.”
He said the Brigade learning delivery process which combines the inculcation of Christian Values and Life skills in our Boys and young persons is a veritable human resource development institution which the Governments at all levels should consider partnering with in order to give children in the country a more rounded education that will enable them attain their full potential and find fulfilment in life.
Harping on politics and the polity, he said the Boys Brigade is a youth development focused body, saying teenage boys and girls with leadership potential in the brigade are trained as Non-Commissioned officers and are given Charge over certain aspects of the management at their local Boys Brigade Company.
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