Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Unemployment - Local Youths Angry With Govt - Minister

Daily Trust
15 September 2011

Nigerian youths, especially the unemployed ones, have lost confidence in government, Minister of Youth Development Bolaji Abdullahi has said.

Speaking Tuesday in Abuja at a media briefing on President Goodluck Jonathan's 100 days in office, the minister said, "the youth are angry with the government and may explode any moment from now because 41.6 per cent of them are jobless".

"Most Nigerian youths do not want to identify themselves with the country because they don't have any hope of surviving in it", he added.

The minister, who described youth unemployment in Nigeria as a ticking time bomb that could explode any time soon, maintained that the condition that made youth in the United Kingdom and some Arab countries revolt was not as bad as what Nigerian youth are going through now.

Abdullah urged government at all levels to create jobs to restore the lost confidence in the youth.

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