Youth unemployment, most traumatic societal ills in Nigeria – Don


A Professor of Business Administration in the Department of Economics and Business Studies, Redeemers ‘ University, Ede, Osun State has said that youth unemployment in Nigeria remains the most traumatic societal ills facing the country.

He asserted that the only solution to this menace is for Nigerian government in collaboration with private organizations and universities to embark on entrepreneurship drive for social development and self employment.

Adeleke made the submission on Thursday at the 4th Inaugural Lecture series of the Redeemers’ Univeristy, Ede, Osun State, with the theme “Development By Choice And Prime In Performance: Entrepreneurship For Industrialisation” .

He emphasised the need for government and all stakeholders to prioritise change in orientation of Nigerians towards entrepreneurship.

“One of the major challenges confronting Nigeria society today is mass unemployment across age, sex and state boundaries. One viable option for reducing unemployment is for people to develop entrepreneurial mentality and self employment”

“Nigeria is better than Malaysia , and Indonesia in terms of inherent opportunities for growth and availability of human capital, those countries are presently ahead of us because they embraced entrepreneurship in their developmental agenda.

“Nigeria can develop without going through steel roling meal or Ajaokuta. Entrepreneurship encourages individuals to be creative and come up with progressive initiatives to build a virile nation.

“The process of attaining enviable industrial and technological advancement has to be planned, premeditated and carefully assigned for implementation.

“There is need to revisit the National Education Policy of 6,3,3,4, especially, the aspect that emphasizes apprenticeship and vocational skill acquisition training so as to meet the Nigerian labour market needs.

“As a way to enhance the promotion of Entrepreneurship, the Nigerian government should introduce and entrench a National Entrepreneurship Week (NEW) into National event strategies, such as, lecture and other activities can be organized to support and increase the awareness for entrepreneurship development at all levels, region, state, community and organisation”, he said.

Earlier, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Depo Adeyemo, called on government to create conducive environment for entrepreneurship to boost economic development of Nigeria.

“Nigeria is not conducive enough for entrepreneurship, it is incumbent on the Federal Government to change the paradigm and create an environment that would be conducive”.


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