Experts seek youth involvement in industrial, agric sectors

Experts have urged the Federal and state governments to ensure that youths are adequately informed of the available opportunities in the industrial and agricultural sectors of the nation’s economy.

The experts stated that there is need for the Federal and state governments to get more youths involved is the nation’s ongoing industrialisation drive aimed at boosting productivity, attracting massive investments and creating jobs.

Speaking with The Nation, an industrialist, Mr. Funso Ayeni, said there was an urgent need for the Federal and state governments to ensure that many Nigerian youths are allowed to play major roles in driving growth and progress in the country.

The President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, Ayeni said, needs to draft a National Policy on Youths Engagement in Investment and Development (YEID) to reduce the high rate of unemployment and boost the economy.

He said the high number of youths that can be engaged in agricultural and industrial development justifies the need to create an enabling environment that will catalyse the engagement of many Nigerian youths in the investment market and trade.

He noted that youth entrepreneurship and investments are often seen and hailed as drivers of economic growth and development and positive change in the world so, Nigeria should not be an exception.

Ayeni further said: “The Federal and state governments must look into developing techniques and models that will enhance the rapid and positive involvement of the Nigerian youths in their industrial, agricultural and economic development programmes.

“The government must realise that youths have a large stake in our economic growth because they are the engine room of every nation; this could be supported by their large number and the figures provided by the National Population Commission and the United Nations.”

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