Predictions by the National Directorate of Employment, NDE, Awka, suggested that the mounting desperation among Nigerian youths due to exceeding rate of unemployment may as well increase rate of crimes; kidnapping, robbery, prostitution, restiveness etc.
During the opening ceremony of the ‘Start Your Own Business, SYOB’ training of the directorate, the NDE Director General, Mr. Olakunle Obayan charged the youths, especially graduates of tertiary institutions, to acquire skills that would take them away from such vices.
The holiday programme was devised as a means to motivate and train not less than 150 youths in Anambra State, including those in junior secondary school level, various skills acquisitions. About 318 youths received N20,000 each under the Artisan Resettlement and Mentoring Scheme at the ceremony in Awka.
Speaking further at the ceremony, Mr. Obayan said the concept of SYOB was borne out the desire to ensure that unemployed graduates of tertiary institutions were exposed to the benefits of self-reliance through entrepreneurship.
The training, he explained, would also guide the youths in their choices of business ideas, which, he stated, would instill in them self- confidence in managing their business successfully.
Mr. Obayan said:
“I am sure that you are aware that statistics of unemployment in Nigeria is high. It is also important to note that more universities are emerging, which would mean more graduates being churned out to join the already bloated market.
“This particular situation can only result in frustration and give rise to various deviant behaviours, such as youth restiveness, prostitution, kidnapping, robbery and so on.”
Mr. Obayan pointed out that small-scale businesses has been a backbone on which most developed countries are able to achieve economic prosperity.
“For that reason, NDE encouraged the formation of small businesses that had the potential to develop into big entities, depending on the commitment of the business owners.
“The purpose of the training was to ensure that the beneficiaries recognized their individual potentials, as well as be able to write feasibility reports that would expose them to funding facilities.”