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Unemployment responsible for frustration among Nigerian youths–Unity Bank MD

Unemployment responsible for frustration among Nigerian youths
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…As CAPDAN says Emerging technologies will reduce crimes by 80%***

The Managing Director, Unity Bank Plc, Mrs. Tomi Somefun, on Wednesday decried the high level of unemployment in the country, noting that the constant upsurge in the turnout of graduates on a yearly basis without availability of jobs or opportunities had given birth to frustrated and under-engaged youths in the country.

She made the remarks while delivering the 11th convocation lecture of Redeemer’s University in Ede, Osun, while dissecting the lecture entitled: “Unleashing Youth Potentials: Pathway To Nigeria’s Future.”

Somefun said that as a result of high rate of unemployment in the country, there had been constant increase in the number of youths involved in criminal activities.

“The average Nigerian parent or guardian sacrifices a lot to ensure that their children get an education to become independent and contribute to the growth of the society.

“But a good number of them remain dependent on their parents, even after completion of education,” Somefun said, and called on government to place greater premium on youth development and preservation by providing good leadership, quality education and an enabling environment for job creation in both private and public sectors.

Somefun said youth population should be seen more as a great resource and be involved in development, evaluation, monitoring and implementation of ideas and programmes.

She also urged the youth to be the driving force and to take charge to build the future that Nigerians desired by discovering their purpose or reason for existence.

Earlier in his remarks, Prof. Anthony Akinlo, Vice Chancellor of the university, had described the convocation lecture as timely.

Akinlo said the topic would help the graduands to think on how to take up challenges of life and develop their God-given potentials.

He urged the graduating students not follow the crowd but should rather stand out and make meaningful impact on the society.

Meanwhile, the Computer and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria (CAPDAN) on Wednesday said that emerging technologies would reduce crimes in the country by 80 per cent.

The CAPDAN President, Mr Adeniyi Ojikutu, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

He noted that a technology such as explosives detectors Close Circuit Television (CCTV) would help fight corruption and insecurity in the country.

He suggested that the solution to insecurity in the country was massive deployment of technologies.

According to him, in the Billboard technology, if an explosive detector is installed, it will either detonate a bomb or lock a gun when any of such devices passes through the billboard.

Ojikutu said that signals would be sent to control room for analysis and necessary steps taken to avert any insecurity.

“We have 44 major roads in Lagos. If the billboard technology is installed on 11 major roads in Lagos, it will reduce crimes by 80 per cent.

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“Government should install tracking device on cars, phones laptops and CCTV across Nigeria,’’ he said.

Ojikutu said that there was need for proper education to reduce the number of the uneducated in the country who were being brainwashed in collecting ransom through crimes.

CAPDAN is the regulatory body of Computer and Allied products dealers.

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