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YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT THE CANKERWORM IMPEDING DEVELOPMENT.

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Every society is consigned to account for its affairs through posterity. The sustenance of any society is dependent on its youth: the amount invested on them who are more often than not, the work force of a nation. The term investment here is tantamount to money put on education, infrastructure, social amenities, welfare packages and even security. Where the policies of a country don't affect the youths as a whole positively, and their interests is not being zealously guarded,, such country seats on a keg of gun powder; waiting only to explode.

Over the past 4 decades, the rate of unemployment have escalated tremendously in the country. Year in, year out, statisticians have submitted reports with rates of unemployment among youths especially surging higher. A staggering 70% of eligible and employable youths are unemployed; indeed, out of every 10 Nigerian youth, only 2 will be gainfully employed. This statistics has me perplexed considering the abundance of resources, decadence, level of corruption as well as how money is being laundered (a matter often to wearisome for my sane mind to ponder). It is too much of a contrast to see USA who has its unemployment rate pegged at a single figure due to economic downturn still strive to make it better and Nigeria who has one of the highest in the world only pay lips service to this social vice with no conscientious efforts at changing the ugly trend.

It has become a norm to have youths in their prime searching for jobs on the streets of nigeria in our horrendously, harsh weather under scorching sun penetrating through the depleting ozone layer to our skin leaving us exasperated, tattered with a shattered dream after years of tedious, unnecessary long academic years laboured through flimsy strikes and tuition paid from cooperative loans after an emptied pensioners pocket has suffered a stunted or sometimes truncated payment of arrears due; leaving us only with certificates and curriculum vitae which might never earn us a living. While our leaders grace the same roads in an artificially conditioned air passing through their skin pores from the finest Mercedes cars and an excessive convoy of replica's meant for security decoy and emergencies which never happen and their kids receiving lectures in an utopian society in the "white man's" land which might never be replicated here for us!

What the country leaders don't realise is that youth unemployment is a vicious circle. A country who has most of its youths without a job and a means of livelihood will record the highest crime rate. Idleness will bring about youth restiveness, which will finally bounce back on the society.

The reasons why there is a high rate of crime and various skirmishes are not far fetched. If a youth graduates equipped in his/her arsenal the wherewithal to get himself a job for has long as eight years but can't find one to ease the sufferings of the parents who sold all they had just to get him educated so he can deliver his generation from the firm grip of an impoverished life, he is forced to go into crime because at the ripe age of thirty five (35), he ought to have had a family of his own, a house to sleep in, clothes to wear and food to eat which are the basic entitlements of any human. If such young man roams the street jobless and aimless, he will be introduced to other ways of earning a livelihood. The circle continues.

Gone are those days when a graduate was guaranteed a job with an attractive take home pack that included, a house, a Peugeot car and a handsome salary to reward him for his 1st class efforts in school. Nowadays, you're only assured a discriminating labour market with little or nothing to offer. Most of the jobs on offer have already been given out; the publications are mere formalities, the bureaucracy that goes on behind the scene is unfathomable. More and more government jobs are subject to the highest bidder.

We live in a world where infrastructures and social amenities are at the peak of their deplorable states and being an entrepreneur is extremely pocket strangling with an impossible cost of production and generation of resources. Politics seems to be the only generous employer rolling out hundred of millions to its faithful servants as "representatives" of the jobless masses on a monthly basis and various rewarding trips to see how other countries provide jobs so it can serve as an idea to our self indulging leaders ironically sponsored by tax payers money!

In other to stem the viral growth of this canker-worm deeply eating into the growth and advancement of our people and by extension the country, education and its medium must be taken seriously and heavily invested on not with paltry sums dedicated on it, power must be stable and affordable, security of life and property assured, proper networking of our roads together with efficient transport system and a functioning rail and cargo, jobs must be freely created and given out on merits to those who need them. Our leaders must stop the excessive spending on running the government, politicians should proffer home solutions to home problems.

- Adekanye Adeyinka Olajide.