Our plan against youth migration, by govt
The Federal Government has said its investment in education and infrastructure will stem the tide of youth restiveness and emigration. The government said its efforts towards improvement of infrastructure in schools and capacity building for teachers were aimed at improving the quality of education and equipping students with lucrative entrepreneurial skills.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, made this known during the handing over of a four kilometre road constructed in the Federal College of Education, Eha-Amufu in Enugu State. The road was delivered through The Flood Control Project of the Presidency.
Onyeama said Nigeria would not develop unless efforts were made to education the youth and equip them with vocational skills. He said education and skill acquisition remained the key priorities of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
He said: “For Nigeria to eradicate poverty and develop, we have to train and educate our people. We have a huge population of young below 35; this is why it is important that we provide education and create access for skill acquisition. If we fail to act, we would face serious challenges that can lead to social problems.
“Majority of young people are living in rural areas, where poverty takes its root. Many youths are crossing the Sahara desert to Europe in search of the proverbial greener pastures. Some of them end up at the base of the Mediterranean Sea. We are prepared to reverse this ugly trend by increasing access to education and skill acquisition.”
The minister hailed the college’s Provost, Prof Benjamin Mbah, for tackling flooding and erosion in the school, saying the government would play its part in solving the environmental challenges.
Mr Felix Okeke, who represented the Acting Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Dr Habiba Lawal, said the project was initiated at the instance of the school which sought President Buhari’s intervention to curtail erosion and flooding on the campus.
Prof Mbah thanked Presidency for the gesture. He appealed to the government to build two underground water storage facilities to harvest the flood water that passes through the college.