The Plateau Government has been advised to provide “some level of social welfare’’ to young school leavers to minimise poverty largely blamed for the lingering violence in the state.
Alhaji Ibrahim Mai-Salati, the President, International Foundation for Democracy and Stability in Nigeria, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos on Thursday that the state “has too many unemployed young school leavers.’’
“The abundance of unemployed youths in Plateau is working against stability and the?state must address it,’’ he said.
He advised the state government to open up the tourism industry so as to engage more hands.
“Most of the youths could serve as tourist guides. Most could also work in the outfits that would be established to meet the demand of tourists,’’ he said.
Mai-Salati expressed regret that Plateau had suffered so much capital flight which had affected its internal revenue profile, and called for concerted efforts to revive industries that had gone comatose.
He called for more skills acquisition centres that would empower the youths with skills that would make them assets to themselves and the society. (NAN)