Stop blaming Nigerian governments for unemployment – Saraki

Senate President, Bukola Saraki at the Special Youth Public Hearing on Job creation and Entrepreneurship (Photo taken by QueenEsther Iroanusi, 11/12/2017)
Senate President, Bukola Saraki at the Special Youth Public Hearing on Job creation and Entrepreneurship (Photo taken by QueenEsther Iroanusi, 11/12/2017)

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Monday urged Nigerian youth and the people in general to quit blaming government or its programmes for the high level of unemployment in the country.

Speaking at a one-day public hearing on youth development and empowerment at the National Assembly in Abuja, he acknowledged that there is a crisis surrounding the subject in Nigeria and called on the federal government, National Assembly, private sector and civil society to focus attention on addressing it.

However, Mr. Saraki said it will do the country no good to continue to cast blame on any individual or administration for the high unemployment rate in Nigeria.

“It is futile to point fingers or cast blame on any one administration and/or government programme. Nigeria’s youth deserve our immediate interest, best thinking and above all, our best efforts to create workable solutions to include their concerns in our national investment framework,” he said.

Highlighting the factors responsible for youth unemployment in the country, Mr. Saraki mentioned population growth outpacing economic growth, inability of school curricula to adequately equip students with skills for employment, and inadequate industries to absorb competent graduates.

He called for the participation of civil society organisations (CSOs) in the search for solution to the crisis, adding that it “is important because their grassroots networks strengthen the legitimacy of the policy making and democratic process.”

Mr. Saraki further pledged the support of the National Assembly to any policy of the government or programme of the private sector or civil society organisations aimed at finding solutions to youth unemployment and developmental crisis.

The public hearing is a continuation of the Youth Development Roundtable discussion sponsored by the Nigerian Senate on October 9.

Participants at the public hearing include the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Protection Plan, Mariam Uwais; President, High Tech Centre for Women and Youths, Omowunmi Hassan; Celestine Okeke from Sustainable Entrepreneurship Economic Development (SEED), representatives of government agencies in job creations, empowerment and youth development, as well as civil society groups.

The National Bureau of Statistics reveals that Nigeria has a youth labour force of 38.2 million of which 15.2 million are out of work or seeking for jobs. Statistics also show that majority of the unemployed youth are female.


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  • Decimator

    “The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Monday urged Nigerian youth and
    the people in general to quit blaming government or its programmes for
    the high level of unemployment in the country”.PT

    Interesting; So the youths of the Nigerian Enclave have heard it.

    Focus the blames on the American, European and Chinese Governments e.t.c for your woes.

    Only the Government of the Nigerian Enclave is clean of any gilt.

    What a misguided Utterance?

    • Olu-Lion

      eyah….please read the story ALL OVER AGAIN.

    • Okakuoofbenin

      Bukola Saraki is a goat!!!!

    • Annabelle

      It’s a deliberate utterance, not misguided. These embezzlers say anything because Nigerians let them get away with robbery of their national treasury. They have scammed Nigerians for decades without consequences so, they continue to talk down and abuse Nigerians with impunity. Instead of Nigerians organizing themselves to stop the diabolic, wicked assault on their lives by politicians, and pastors, they’d rather “leave the matter to God” let these evil men rob their children’s future! Nigerians, its time to open your eyes and seize your stolen future!!!

  • kexiena

    Who has the responsibility of fixing the educational institutions? The Senate president is clueless, and explains why the nation has refused to move forward.

  • Annabelle

    Who should we blame, moron? Who shares the oil money and all the aid from UN and European Union? Who embezzles money for infrastructure and goes abroad for health care while Nigerians die of common malaria? Who sends their children to school abroad while Nigerian schools are worse than public toilets? May be we should blame the Zimbabwean government for Nigeria’s unemployment, thieves!!!

  • Otile

    Not every youth is blaming the government for the hopeless situation of unemployment since 2 years ago Buhari took power. In reality 3 groups or youths are benefiting immensely despite the ungodly situation. The three groups reaping windfall nowadays are:
    1. Children of politicians studying abroad whose dads opened buoyant bank accounts for them to spend as they like. Buhari and Saraki’s children are among this group.
    2. Youth from Katsina, in-laws of Buhari, youths of Buhari’s trusted friends. Many of these are now sitting on money resulting from their recent employment in lucrative Federal security services and govt financial institutions.
    3. Boko Haram Muslim youths who are fighting and getting paid. Any Muslim youth who becomes poor can easily enlist in Boko Haram, if they are captured by Federal troops they will be taken care of until Buhari comes to their prison to free them. If they die in war or prison their rewards are great in Aljinat Firdaus.

  • aiyekotto

    4th Republic: 1999-2019 = 10years
    Bukola Saraki’s official record:
    8 years as governor,
    4years as Senate President (If he’s not impeached or recalled)

    A top (fortunate) official who has held positions that provides gainful employment for youths in saner climes insinuating that his government is not aware of its responsibilities is another evidence that we have been short changed (pun intended)

    I will rather vote for the devil than APC/PDP in 2019!

  • PolyGon2013

    Saraki must be out of his mind. Of course the government shares a big part of the blame. If there is high unemployment in the USA, we blame the government! So, in Nigeria, the citizens reserve the right to blame the government.

  • marc umeh

    In the next 20 years Europe and America may not be enough to accommodate the burgeoning nigerian population. We can run but we cant hide. We respect and practically worship the very people that refuse to plan for the future. We vote for the worst and hope for the best. They sell hope in God to take care of everything for us. I see a dark future