10 February 2012
Lack of marketable skills from unemployed persons has been identified as the greatest obstacle to employment generation and poverty reduction in
Kogi State Coordinator of National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Malam AbdulKadir Oba Sa
'adu stated this yesterday while delivering a lecture to the 2011 Batch 'A ' Corp members on the occasion of their winding up ceremony in Lokoja.
In his lecture entitled "Job opportunities for Unemployed Graduates", Oba said unemployment has degenerated into worrisome proportion with school leavers and graduates of high institutions mostly affected.
He said that those who have no skills despite their degrees and certificates often worked for very low wages despite working for long and at high intensity.
"Our economy has discovered that over 70 per cent of the unemployed populations in the country are unskilled people between the ages of 16 and 38 years. Our greatest concern is the attendant consequence such as high crime rate, sectarian/tribal agitations, youth restiveness which are prevalent amongst this group," he said.
Oba explained that it was in recognition of this that the NDE advocates for skills acquisition and entrepreneurial development which, he said, is a panacea to the problems of unemployment.