Forum Canvasses Entrepreneurship Development As Panacea To Youth Unemployment
The need to create an enabling environment for entrepreneurship development among the youth and to increase employment generation in the country has been restated as panacea to the nation’s lingering socio-economic challenges.
This was the collective opinion of the participants at the just concluded annual Lashone Link stakeholder’s forum in Lagos.
Unemployment has been identified as a major challenge militating against the country’s development drive. And again, it was relisted as being responsible for dearth of craftsmanship in the Nigerian educational system.
Speaking during the Forum, the Chief Executive Officer, Lashone Links, Lanre Shonekan, harped on the need for government to partner major players in the economy on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) to change the situation.
“It is high time government and the private sector collaborate to ensure that both parties map out modalities to solve unemployment problems in the country, taking advantage of productive individuals in creating job opportunities”, Shonekan stated.
He said that Lashone Link has overtime collaborated with the national director of employment, Ministries of Youth and Sports and Education to see how new curriculum could be evolved in the educational system.
The organization, it said, had also sought how the new curriculum will be inculcated right from the grassroots, which is from the primary to tertiary education level. “This will help in instilling different skills in the minds of these students to make them self-employed.
“We are solving the unemployment and the housing deficiency problem in the country, and we are looking at providing business opportunities and business capacity development. Our skills are getting depleted, we don’t have personnel to handle crafts, nobody wants to learn any other thing apart from white collar job, and this boils down to unemployment,” he stated.
“Nowadays, it is becoming a trend that graduates don’t practice what they study because they don’t have the environment to work. That is why it is important we create employment through raising people in the estate, agric, and other viable sectors. The search for White collar jobs will be reduced drastically, and Nigeria will be an investment destination.
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