“Do not despair” – @SpeakerDogara to Unemployed Youths
February 17, 2016.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara has urged unemployed Nigerian youths not to despair or lose hope, saying that it is the responsibility of the government to create an enabling environment for job creation. Dogara spoke when he received a group of aeronautical engineers and pilots from Bauchi state, who called on him in his office on Tuesday, according to a statement issued by his spokesman Turaki Hassan.
Speaking on the current economic challenges, the Speaker said although some insist that the previous administration should not be blamed for the country’s woes, he strongly believes that those who brought Nigeria to her current state should be blamed. While acknowledging that the APC-led government campaigned on the grounds of change with promise to fix the country, Dogara, however, noted that the government is working hard to sanitize a rotten system and this, he said, will take some time.
“You know that we are facing challenges in the country at the moment even though people don’t want to talk about it in the sense that they keep saying that we campaigned on the grounds that we are going to fix the country so we shouldn’t complain,” he said.
According to him, “You must put the blame where it is while you face the issues and find solutions to it. We don’t want to dwell in the past. We are facing the future.”
The Speaker urged the unemployed youths in the country not to despair as the present administration is doing everything possible to create job opportunities.
He further said: “Investment in education, skills and knowledge is never wasted.”
Dogara expressed optimism that with the kind of people leading Nigeria and with determination as well as sincerity of purpose, the problem of unemployment would be surmounted.
“Don’t despair because no training is wasted; but it is our responsibility to open the private sector for job opportunities”, he said.
He said it behoves on all to put hands on deck to sanitize the system so as to create the enabling opportunities for employment. “If they are not employed, it will be a disservice to the society as well as discouragement to the graduates”, he said.
Speaking earlier, the leader of the team, Captain Bala Jibrin, said the pilots and aeronautical engineers who were sponsored by the Bauchi State Government in the United States graduated in 2011 but have been unemployed and requested the Speaker to facilitate their employment.
Jibrin, a former Commissioner of Education in Bauchi State, said the government spent about N1billion to train the 20 youths, cutting across the 20 Local Governments of Bauchi State.