Kaduna Produces 30,000 Graduates yearly – DG Bureau of Public Reform
By Alex Uangbaoje, Kaduna
Kaduna State Bureau for Public Reform, has disclosed that the State produces about 30,000 graduates yearly into the labour market and painfully most of them cannot be absolved into the market.
The Director General of the Bureau, Bashir Mohammed made this known while speaking to Newsmen at a town hall meeting for Youth Employment and Empowerment Programme (YEEP), held in Kaduna on Monday.
Alhaji Bashir said with the resources of government it is obvious that the State Government alone cannot employ these graduates, so there is need to create alternative employment avenues for them.
He added that “in order to ensure that the youth are gainfully employed, the State Government through Ministry of Youths, Sports and Culture, organized this town hall meeting between all MDAs and Youth of the State to harmonized technicalities for gaining employment into the few portfolios in the state.”
The facilitator of the programme Mr. Bonet Emmanuel, said the aim of organizing the town hall meeting is to ensure that, “we facilitate a programme where government speaks to the young people that exist on what they’re doing around youth employment and empowerment programmes in the state.
Mr. Bonet Emmanuel who is the Executive Director of AID Foundation, disclosed that the Foundation has been working with young people for a number of years, particularly on empowerment.
“We’re partnering with Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme, (NSRP), which is a DFID programme that works around peace and security.
“We do know once peace is a topic, young people are the focus and as such it has been proven that youth restiveness is caused by unemployment. This has been one of the major drivers of conflicts. So we’re working with young people in certain local governments across the State in partnership with the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture.
“The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture has several departments and agencies that also have one youth programmes or the other. There are several other agencies that are doing one thing and the other for young people, and we felt that it is pertinent for these agencies to come and tell the young people how they are providing their services. This is a sort of providing accountability to the young people, this is why we’re here,” he said.
Speaking in the same vein, the Programme Manager of AID Foundation, Tessy Maina, said the objective of the meeting is to create a platform where the government and the youth can interface on issues around youth employment and empowerment.
“Research has shown that over a period of time there’s this blame game between the youth and government.
“The youth accuse government for not providing employment and empowerment that’s why they’re engaged in violent conflicts. Government on the other hand say the youth are not skilled, and so every administrations that comes on board said they have lots of programmes to offer the youth.
“The youth who are supposed to be the beneficiaries are not receiving information, so what this platform does is bridge that gap. The government is saying this is what we’re doing; and the youth ask how they could access the programmes provided for them. How does government select beneficiaries for such programmes because findings have also shown that these programmes are politicized, man-know-man. So when government said its empowering 200 youth 80 per cent of them are those who know people in power. A situation that is not healthy for the state.
“So, this move is to depoliticized, how are you spreading the information, the criteria is clear. If government is doing something they’re saying this is the criteria. Anybody who is illegible based on this criteria can apply; and so the persons who benefit are not based on who they know, location the hail from. All religious, ethnic biases are put off,” she said.
On his part, Permanent Secretary, Kaduna State Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, Musa Adamu, said the problem of youth employment is lack of proper information. So there’s need to create synergy for information and educating youth on employment and empowerment, and that’s what the programme is all about.