8 June 2014

Nigeria: Youth Unemployment - Africa Needs 18 Million Jobs Yearly - ILO

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has called for a stronger commitment among African leaders to job creation, ahead of an extraordinary summit on employment, poverty eradication and inclusive development in September. The summit holds in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

The ILO estimates that Africa needs more than 18 million new jobs every year to overcome youth unemployment.

According to ILO Director General's, Guy Ryder, during an interactive session, during the ongoing annual International Labour Conference (ILC) holding in Geneva, Switzerland, the region's growth has increased significantly over the past decade but it has not translated into job creation and poverty reduction.

He said "informality and vulnerable employment remain the reality for the vast majority of young workers in Africa, according to ILO estimates, a total of 214 million working poor living in the region. Ouagadougou +10 is therefore a priority for the Organisation."

He added: "Our role is to support African countries in partnership with the African Union" and the strong mobilisation of the tripartite constituents.

"The multi-faceted challenge for the region is to make sure that the economic growth is sustained and better shared, while efforts are geared toward effective follow-up and accountability in the implementation of the Ouagadougou+10 process," Ryder added.

Reporting From Switzerland

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