FG pledges employment for Nigerian youths

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Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Alhaji Kabiru Turaki,

Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Alhaji Kabiru Turaki, on Monday said the Federal Government has initiated programmes that would give Nigerian youths limitless opportunity to be gainfully employed.
Turaki disclosed this when members of the National Committee Against Touting, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Abuja.
He commended the NGO for its fight against touts in the country, saying that government would do everything possible to assist the NGO to ensure its total eradication from the society.
“The President has come up with programmes, such as SURE-P, You-win among others, for the Nigerian youths, not only becoming gainfully employed, but also given them opportunity to learn trades.
“Also the youths will have the opportunity to undergo vocational training that will make them useful and to also become more productive to the society,”he said.
The minister said that, “being a voluntary organisation, there is limits to your powers, therefore, make sure that you move around with security agencies in the course of your duties.
“In the course of what you are doing, do not be carried away, the security agencies, especially the police are always there to support you.”
On the issue of security, the minister said it was a serious national issue that should not be politicised by any group or person.He said that the issue of terrorism goes beyond political, religious or ethnic differences and called on Nigerians to join hands with the government to create a better society.
The minister described the menace of touts as a serious social problem that sometimes used as instrument to unleash terror in the society.“Touting has become a very serious social problem in this country, in places like motor parks, market places and areas where financial transaction are been carried out.Touts provide a veritable avenue for criminals to be recruited and sometimes use them as instrument for unleashing terror on the society,”he said.
In his speech, the Chairman of the NGO, Mr Ike Anikwendu, said that the NGO monitors various public places to identify touting points and report to security agents.He appealed to the minister to assist the NGO with funds and relevant equipment to carry out their activities effectively.
Anikwendu said the committee has functional offices in all the 36 states of the federation including the FCT.The chairman said the committee has embarked on major proactive security operations, whereby touting points were sanitised and made unconducive for them to operate.

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