Story from Najib SANI, Bauchi
The government at all levels in the country has been advised to give serious educational and entrepreneurship training to the youth and children in order to fix the nation and provide enduring solutions to the endemic insecurity bedevilling it.
Stakeholders and civil society organisations gave this advice during a seminar tagged ‘How to fix Nigeria’ organised by Oya Media Nigeria in conjunction with Women Development Association for Sustenance (WODASS) with support from the Mac Arthur foundation held at Development Exchange Centre (DEC) Bauchi.
One of the discussants at the seminar, Nuru Yusuf Kobi who is the state director of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) advocated that for Nigeria to get a lasting solution to its numerous problems ranging from insurgency, banditry, kidnappings and criminality, government at all tiers should train youth on vocations and support them to start various occupations.
He added that such skills should be taught to the citizens from primary schools to tertiary institutions so that as soon as they graduate, they can be self-employed.
“We are now trying to find solutions on how to fix Nigeria. One thing we noticed is that if you want to fix Nigeria, you must talk about the teeming unemployed youth we have in this country now.
“We should develop a curriculum that will move towards entrepreneurship where people will learn skills and use them to live on their own. We need to have our educational system towards establishing technical and vocational schools where practical knowledge of doing things will be taught”. He suggested.
Another discussant, Mrs Lydia Shehu, a former permanent secretary in the state also stressed that education and youth empowerment could help in fixing Nigeria as youth have a pivotal role in the Nigerian project.
While the Senior Special Assistant to Bauchi state governor on empowerment Khalid Barau Ningi tasked the citizens to shun criminality, thuggery and make good use of the government’s policies.
Earlier, the representative of Oya Media Nigeria, Sakina Ayeyemi explained that the programme was organised for stakeholders to proffer solutions to the problems of poverty, insecurity, illiteracy and unemployment in the nation.
She pointed out that the northeast is most ravaged by the problems hence their decision to hold the seminar in the region.