June 13, 2024

NLC requests that the  FG prioritize youth  development and  employment.

NLC President Joe Ajaero issued a statement on Friday in Abuja to commemorate the 2023 International Youth Day. The annual event, observed on August 12th, carries the theme ‘Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for all Ages.’

Mr. Ajaero expressed concern over the rising unemployment in Nigeria, citing recent estimates from KPMG that indicated unemployment had surpassed 40%. He emphasized that the increased cost of living due to higher petrol prices, along with rising school fees, disproportionately affected young individuals, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

He called for the government to prioritize addressing youth unemployment by offering substantial assistance to local manufacturing. Additionally, Mr. Ajaero urged the federal government to explore avenues for fostering the creative talents and productive capacities of young people to accelerate national development.

Mr. Ajaero highlighted the commitment of the NLC to tackle the challenges faced by young people, as they play a vital role in both the future of trade unions and the nation-building process. He emphasized that the International Youth Day presented an opportunity for the country to critically evaluate matters concerning the development and well-being of its youth.

The roots of International Youth Day date back to the adoption of resolution 64/134 by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2009. This resolution declared the year starting August 12, 2010, as the International Year of Youth and called upon governments, civil society, communities, and individuals worldwide to support activities on local and international levels to commemorate the event.

The concept for International Youth Day originated in 1991 during the inaugural session of the World Youth Forum of the United Nations System held in Vienna, Austria, where young individuals proposed the idea.