Nigerian Youth Parliament has called for the expansion of age in job requirements by public and private sectors in a bid to end unemployment in Nigeria.
This call was made by the member representing Bauchi State, Hon. (Engr) Imrana Garba while presenting a motion titled “The Need for the Expansion of Age limit as one of the requirements for Job recruitment in Nigeria” at the first sitting of the Nigerian Youth Parliament.
The sitting was held at the Kano State House of Assembly Complex, Audu Bako Secretariat.
Hon. Garba pointed out that different administrations has instituted programs to reduce unemployment but none has solved the menace among the youths.
He said that ” many administrations both military and democratic have come up with different programs aim at reducing the rate of unemployment such as National Poverty Eradication Program (NAPEP), Subsidy Re-investment Program ( SURE-P), Social Investment program couple with the effort of National Directorate of Employment ( NDE ) among others but yet the scourge of unemployment is still ravaging the young population”
Garba added that unemployment cut across all set of youths in the country both educated and non-educated in urban and rural areas.
He highlighted that if age limit is expanded, it will give room for people with slow education to get employed without age barrier.
The motion was seconded by Hon. Esther O. Sharon representing Enugu West Senatorial District.
In his contribution, the co-sponsor of the motion Hon. Ugonna Okafor representing Imo West Senatorial District expressed concerned over how age limit has denied some vast graduates the chance to get employment in both public and private organizations.
The motion was deliberated at the floor of the house in which Hon. Comfort Olafare, Hon Claude Orike Ndubisi, Hon. Saliu Shinawu, Hon. Prince Olufemi, Hon. Nita Biyack George, Hon. Daniju Sultan among others contributed.
In a related development, member representing Osun East Senatorial District, simply known as Hon.Costly also presented a motion on ” The Need for Intentional Investment in Youth Capital Development to Harness the Democraphic Dividend”.
She urges the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports Development to ensure that youth survivors of war and conflicts as well as young people living in IDPs camps are well captured in Digital Skills Entrepreneurship Empowerment and Leadership ( DEEL) program.
Aderigbe also called on the NYP members as the Youths Legislative Body to be at the fore front of advocacy and implementation of Nigeria’s demographic dividend road map.
The motion was seconded by Hon. Engr. Imrana Garba member representing Bauchi Central.
Also at the plenary, the North East Caucus Chairman and Member representing Bauchi North, Hon. Kamal Jibrin Jama’ar raised a motion titled ” Youth Unemployment and Restiveness in the North East: The Need for North East Development Commission (NEDC) to engage the Young Generation in Resolving the Menace”.
He said the North East Development Commission (NEDC) was established in 2017, with the assent of the Bill on October 25th, 2017 by President Muhammadu Buhari; and the commission charged with the “responsibility to, among other things, receive and manage funds from allocation of the Federal Account International donors for the Settlement, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of Roads, Houses and business premises of victims of insurgency as well as tackling menace of poverty, illiteracy level, ecological problems and any other related environmental or developmental challenges” in the North-East State which consists of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe.
In the motion co-sponsored by the members of North East, NEDC is expected to engage the teeming youth in skills acquisitions and vocational training to improve their standard of living through the establishment of Youth Development Centers in all States of the region.
Hon. Jibrin therefore called on the commission as a matter of urgency, rehabilitate schools affected by insurgency and establish new ones.
Jibrin also urges NEDC to establish Guidance and Counseling/Rehabilitation Centers in all the States of the region for deradicalization of victims and repentant insurgents.
Contributing to the motion, Hon. Shettima Umar representing Borno North, expressed concern over the level of out of school children in the region, stressing for conserted effort towards ameliorating the problems.
Hon. Shettima also advocated the need for NEDC to create an office in Maiduguri, the headquarter of Borno State in order to have first hand information on the plight of the people of the area.