Edo State government has tasked Nigerian youths to embrace skills that would enable them to be self-sufficient in order to drive the nation’s economy and reduce the high rate of unemployment in the country.
The State Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon Comrade Philip Shaibu made the call in Sabogidda-Ora,Owan West Local Government Area of the State during the launching of Owan West Youth Foundation.
Shaibu, who was represented by the immediate past Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Mr. Demian Lawani, said the future of the nation lies in the hands of the youths and to justify that, they should embrace skills that would guarantee that which they have yearned for.
He noted that the Owan West Youth Foundation came at the nick of time when the country was battling with high rate of unemployment.
According to him, the state governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki is very keen about the wellbeing of the youths, hence, 60 percent of his cabinet members are youth.
The deputy governor also urged the youths of the local government to take advantage of the skills acquisition that the foundation was offering, with the view of collaborating with the state government in reducing the rate of unemployment in the state and in the nation at large.
Earlier, the local government Chairman, Hon Frank Ilaboya, said that the recent #EndSARS protest that shook the nation was an indication that all is not well with the nation and that the various political leaders in the country have to rise up to the clarion call of creating enabling environment for the youth to strive and embrace skills acquisition that could make them independent.
“The recent #EndSARS protest is a wake up call that we as parents, politicians are not doing what we should be doing. Now, we have been woken up from our slumber by the youths themselves.
“Let us quickly align our onerous responsibilities. It is never too late,” he said.
He said the era of recruiting the youths for political violence is over and that the foundation has come to redefine the youths of the locality.