Insecurity increased due to unemployment rate in the country – Fayemi


Chairman of the Governors Forum and Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi has blamed the recent increase in insecurity in the country on unemployment, adding that more steps should be taken in earnest to address the menace.

Speaking at a programme tagged: Financing Safe Schools, in Abuja Fayemi said there is a need for coordinated response to unemployment and addressing the socio-economic effects on citizens.

According to Fayemi, a country cannot have a 33 per cent unemployment rate and not expect to deal with the sociological implication.

“Even when we do all that is required of us, that is, stemming the tide of the problem of insecurity, brigandage, I think we need to look at the broader socio-economic response,” he said.

“It is good to be tough on crime. We must be tougher on the causes of crime. You cannot have a 33 percent unemployment rate in any country and not expect to deal with the sociological implication of that. And that is an area that the Nigeria Governors’ Forum believes we must also work collaboratively with our partners, also work with our financial institutions and private sector in order to find the best mechanism to bring our youth to work.

“If we do that, we would have fundamentally played our role in addressing the causes of this untoward crisis that the country is dealing with.”

Fayemi thereafter says it is an area the Governors’ Forum, partners, financial institutions and the private sector must work collaboratively to find the best mechanism to bring youths to work.

On her part, Minister of Women Affairs, Paullen Tallen while speaking on how insecurity has affected schoolchildren, said Nigerians need to speak out against the disturbing trend.

Tallen said: “Since 2014, it has been one incident after the other. We’ve been battling with out-of-school children, ensuring that we reach out and increase advocacy for our children to be in school. “But with the insecurity, what has happened in Zamfara, Kagara, Kaduna has created so much fear in the minds of parents. And if parents are scared of sending children to schools, where do we run to? “Education is the greatest hope, life, wealth, and power.

She also called for collaborations of all stakeholders to be able to tackle the menace to make the society better and conducive.

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