The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki has formally inaugurated his novel youth empowerment programme and promised to provide 40,000 direct jobs.
Speaking at the ceremony which was attended by the State governor, Mr Abdulfatah Ahmed, some federal lawmakers and the Speaker, Kwara state House of Assembly, Dr Ali Ahmad, Dr Saraki charged political leaders in the country to empower the youths to be job creators in order to reduce the high unemployment rate in the country.
He equally urged the state government to continue to make the youth empowerment the main trust of its administration.
The Senate President also expressed the hope that different leaders from all parts of the country will emulate what he has done and play their role by creating opportunities for our youths.
“I want to also appeal to the Speaker of the Kwara state House of Assembly, Dr Alli AHMAD to look at laws that can help to create opportunities for a lot of youths who after graduating from a particular skill can have customers to buy their products,” he said.
The Senate President also said that the main reason why the 8th Senate passed the law that of ‘made in Nigeria’ products is to create opportunities for Nigerians who have products and services which will be found in the market.
“We must think out of the box. These are challenging times for us as leaders and we must contribute our quotas for the empowerment of the youths. It is against the backdrop of the economic recession in our country; the difficulty that people are going through particularly the youths that account for about 70 million of our population, of which 50 percent are unemployed, that we initiated this scheme,” Dr Saraki added.
He reiterated that “it is with these pains that I have come up with this scheme to help our young people who are ready to work but could not find jobs to be able to play their parts. This is why we started this programme. It has taken a while to get the programme here but I am hopeful that with what we are seeing, this is the beginning of the great future for the young people of Kwara state.”
Earlier, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed had said that the state government has made available over N1.9 billion to entrepreneurs across the state.
According to him, “for me, it is satisfying to note that the 40,000 youths scheduled to benefit from this scheme are not limited to the central senatorial district but extend across the length and breadth of our dear state.”
The former minister of Sports, Mr. Bolaji Abdullahi, in a lecture, urged the youths to take advantage of vocational training as white collar jobs were no longer available.