Nigerian Youths lets come together and put a stop to the mess we are into since last three years – By Adam Abusadiq
By Adam Abusadiq Ibn Osama
The truth is most people still don’t know what obj stood and still stands for in Nigeria, Africa and d world at large…if we can have 54 of obj in Africa then we could get to d highest level of the world…Obj has conviction…i respect our leaders much even dor most of them did alot of wrong than good….Obj and buhari do not deserve our praises at all..they have both acquired all d things world can give…Obj can decide to stick with buhari and that’s all…but as Nigeria’s and youths let’s face reality and truth….Obj speaks the truth and that’s why I don’t think we have any leader with his conviction…let’s join our hands as Youths to say enough of d last 3 years of mess and other years before to make a different decision….NIGERIAN YOUTHS: LET’S TURN OUR CHALLENGES INTO OPPORTUNITIES
According to statistics, Nigeria has a youthful population of about 80 million which represents about 60% of an estimated 180 million people. Of this youthful population, 70% are said to be unemployed. These impressionable minds are just under 30 years of age and many of them out of school. For instance, recent UNICEF figures estimate that about 10 million Almajiris are out there without education and are easily radicalized.
UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, also recently informed us that in Nigeria, girls living in poverty bear the greatest burden as many of them drop out of school and get married early! They, along with many of our youth are left without skills for the modern economy and don’t have much hope of competing in the future. Brown noted that 8 million Nigerian children, 60% of them girls are not in school. “Nigeria is part of a global education crisis”, he stated.
Our demographic and economic realities in Nigeria point to the fact that the youths are facing serious challenges in their development narrative. The situation is terribly bad and unless some serious curative steps are taken, our country may not know peace and development will completely elude us.
Though education is critical and pivotal in the development process, but so also are other areas like health, nutrition, social investment in housing, welfare packages and other economic opportunities.
We can better appreciate the concern by looking at the 2017 Federal budget where out of a N7.444trn budget, education was allocated N550bn, just 7.38%, while in the 2018 budget of N8.612trn, education was allocated N505.8bn which amounts to just 7.03%, a decrease in allocation actually. A similar scenario is what we see in the health sector. In 2016, out of the N6.061trn budget, only N250bn or 4.13% was voted for the sector. Furthermore, in 2017, out of a budget of N7.444trn, a paltry N308bn or 4.13% went to health.
These are clearly below expected standards in a modern economy which needs adequate investment in the human capital element. Indeed the UN recommends that 26% of a country’s annual budget be earmarked for education. Quite unfortunately, there has been very little or negligible provision for social investments to improve housing, healthcare, education and the welfare of young Nigerians by the current government.
This is a serious long standing situation which is getting worse. It requires drastic action to ameliorate the plight of the young Nigerians.
At a special National Economic Council held in Abuja in late March 2018, the inherent issues above were well addressed by the Microsoft Boss, Bill Gates and President of the Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, who emphasized the need to pay more attention to investment in human capital development as a basis for future prosperity. At the core are a healthy and productive and well educated young people who will invariably be involved in building value, structures and processes. But this investment is totally lacking right now and we need to change the tide!
The Federal Government has to reverse its current development investment arrangement which should drastically reduce recurrent expenditure and place a great deal of emphasis on human capital development to create the desired future.
Such reordering is now compelling if we must avoid the calamity as revealed in a recent study by the British Council which has warned that Nigeria is on the “cusp of a demographic disaster”.
According to the study, “If Nigeria fails to plan for its next generation (youths), it faces serious problems as a result of growing numbers of young people frustrated by a lack of jobs and opportunities.
If these young people are healthy, well educated and find productive employment, they could boost the country’s economy and reinvigorate it culturally and politically. If not, they could be a force for instability and social unrest”. The time to act is now; let’s turn our challenges into opportunities!…God bless brothers and sisters