Youth Employment: Follow Aregbesola’s Footsteps, Osun ACN Tell FG.

The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in Osun State has urged the Federal Government to adopt the Osun youth employment model.

It said unemployment was at the core of the nation’s security challenges.

The party said: “If the government takes, at least, 50,000 youths off the streets annually in each state, the army of the unemployed will reduce yearly by 1.8 million.”

ACN was reacting to the worsening security situation and a newspaper report that the unemployment figure rose to over 40 million last year.

In a statement yesterday by its Publicity Director, Mr. Kunle Oyatomi, the party said the high unemployed population was a fertile ground for breeding robbers, insurgents and kidnappers.

ACN believes that if the Federal Government studies the Osun Youth Employment Scheme (OYES) and adopts it, security will improve in the country.

It said only a multiple approach could curb the nation’s security challenges.

The party said besides military option, a creative way of pulling youths away from crime must be found and one of the most pragmatic approaches was OYES.

It said: “OYES has reduced unemployment and prevented crime in Osun. It would have a similar effect on the nation, if adopted by the Federal Government. The scheme was not only designed to keep the youths busy by earning a living, it offers them skill acquisition training at home and abroad to prepared most of them for self employment.

“The government also assists them financial to start their private businesses. If one of the poorest states in the federation can do this and create jobs for 40,000 youths in two years, then the Federal Government should be able to double that figure in the 36 states.”

ACN said the Subsidy Reinvestment Programme (SURE-P) of the Federal Government was ineffective because only the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) youths were benefiting from it.

Urging Mr. President to adopt the OYES model, ACN said: “Unemployment has become life-threatening in Nigeria and the only solution is to address it pragmatically before it destroys the country.”

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