The chairman of Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission, Sam Amadi, has called on the Federal government to take immediate steps that will halt the killing of Nigerian youth.
Mr. Amadi made the call Wednesday in Abuja while delivering a paper, ‘Nigerian Youth and Nation Building’ at a lecture organised by the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy as part of the celebrations for the International Youth Day.
“The Nigerian government should invoke its force of arm to hunt down any person who kills any other Nigerian anywhere in Nigerian in the pretext of religion,” Mr. Amadi said.
He also called President Goodluck Jonathan to issue an order to all security agencies to do everything possible to put an end to extra judicial killing of youth in Nigeria.
“Executive orders should be issued to all the law enforcement agencies to always do everything necessary to make sure no Nigerian youth is a victim of extra-judicial killing by a law enforcement agent or self-appointed ethical or religious enforcer,” he added.
Mr. Amadi who lauded the government for initiating the YouWIN programme also called on the state governments to also initiate entrepreneurship programmes in their states, as according to him, “it is not just the federal government that should be serious about youth employment and entrepreneurship”.
Mr. Amadi said states should be the main drivers of youth employment since they have the primary responsibility of promoting the welfare of residents of their territories.
He advised that the best strategy to create jobs should be anchored on a smart entrepreneurship development program.
“It is obvious that our over-bloated public service cannot provide good paying jobs to satisfy the ever-increasing army of job-seekers. The private sector is underdeveloped to create the desired thousands of jobs without far-reaching transformative economic policies,” he said.
Mr. Amadi suggested that to achieve the objective of “turning job seekers to job creators” the government should consider renaming the present Ministry of Youth Development to that of Ministry of Youth Entrepreneurship to focus on job creation and youth entrepreneurship.
Earlier in his presentation, the coordinator of AFRICMIL, Chido Onumah said
“International Youth Day is celebrated on August 12 each year to recognise the efforts of the world’s youth in enhancing global society”.
“In 1998, a resolution proclaiming August 12 as International Youth Day was adopted during the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth. The recommendation was later endorsed by the UN General Assembly in 1999 and International Youth Day was first observed in the year 2000,” he added.
The IYD Mr. Onumah said “seeks to promote ways to engage youth in becoming more actively involved in making positive contribution to their society and setting a policy framework and guidelines for national action and international support to improve the situation of young people all over the world”.
The lecture was chaired by the immediate past chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Ifueko Okauru, who challenged the youth to always believe in the unity and progress of the country and also proffer new insights into how to move the country forward.
Mrs. Okauru said the youth remains the best hope of the country and the right vehicle for nation building.
The Minister of Youth Development, Inuwa Abdul-Kadir who was announced as the Special Guest of Honour, neither attended the event, nor sent in a representative.