CAJ News Agency (Johannesburg)

18 March 2014

Nigeria: "Depressed" Minister Targets Youth Unemployment

Abuja — THE Federal Government is confident the national youth policy would significantly reduce youth unemployment in the country.

The Minister for Youth Development, Boni Haruna, said the Ministry was working assiduously towards putting measures in place that will seek to develop the entrepreneurial skills and potentials of the youth.

“With adequate entrepreneurial skills and provision of funds, it would be possible for the Government through the national youth policy to reduce the number of unemployed youths significantly,” he said during a courtesy call on him by delegation of members of Villanova Old Boys Association in his office in Abuja.

The Minister noted that Nigerian youths were dynamic and resourceful and as such could have their energy re-channeled towards more creative ventures.

“Unless this is done, unemployment would be a potential bomb,” said Haruna.

Meanwhile, the minister expressed sadness at the death of some youths during the Immigration Service recruitment exercise.

About 20 youth lost their lives following a stampede.

Haruna said he was depressed at the news of the incident and pledged commitment to alleviating the plight of millions of unemployed youths in the country.

He seized the occasion to console the families of the youths who lost their lives and promised to devote his time towards formulation of development programmes for the youth in line with the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan.

He thanked the delegation of the Villanova Old Boys Association for paying him the visit.

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