A Lagos monwwwarch, Oba Tijani Akinloye has blamed the high rate of youths’ unemployment in the country on lack of employable skills.
Akinloye, who is the Sateru II, Ojomu of Ajiranland who spoke at a news conference on Tuesday in Lekki area of state to herald his 25th anniversary on the throne lamented that the challenges of high population had always been unemployment.
He reminisced that sometimes ago, he initiated studies to seek solution to the unemployment situation, especially among youths.
“The studies indicated that one of the reasons for youths’ unemployment was lack of employable skills, even for those who attended higher institutions,” he said.
Akinloye explained that respite came when the Organisation for Research of World Peace, (ORWP), a Non-Governmental Organisation which he was then the Vice President, inaugurated a training for the youths in Communication and Information Technology, general agriculture, textile, among others.
He added that so far, 3,000 students had been trained with many of them now gainfully employed and others becoming employers of labour.
The traditional ruler also decried the rate at which youths were being used by politicians to foment trouble, saying that it was because such youths were idle and had become the devils workshop.
“If the youths have something to do and are employed, they will not foment trouble. Gradually, we are taking them out of the streets. Joining bad wagon is not best,” he said.
The Oba added that in Ajiranland, just like Nigeria, 60 percent of the population was youths, indicating a strong generation shift, stressing that the needs of these teeming youth population must be catered for.
Akinloye also said the present time called for more active roles for Obas to improve their communities.
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