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To reduce insecurity, govt has to be more sensitive towards providing for youth – Fidelis Junior Iruedo


Nigeria’s young and emerging business mogul, Fidelis Junior Iruedo have blamed the continuous rise in insecurity on government not doing much for Nigerian youths.

“The government have to learn to emulate what is going on in foreign countries. I remember over six years ago when I was in the United Kingdom, they had a place called Job Centre. At that center, you could search online at their office or online for available jobs all types of jobs.

“And that same place called Job Centre is funded by taxpayers money. They give unemployed people about £150 every two weeks or every month which goes a long way. In Nigeria, if you don’t have a job, you have nothing; no money is coming from anywhere to support you. This is why many young people are desperate because they find themselves in hopeless situation.”

Iruedo charged government to create programmes that could help the youths learn a trade create more jobs.

“Government should give grants to help small and big businesses, both new and existing businesses,” he said.

Speaking on the #ENDSARS protest that rocked the country a few weeks ago, he further urged the government to handle the aftermath with maturity.

His words: “really allow freedom of speech as it seems people could get locked up for expressing themselves! I could go on and on. The government needs to care for its people. This is the difference between Nigerian and some of these foreign countries.”

As for young Nigerians leaving the country in droves for greener pasture, he offered his perspective, saying: “It is only right that they travel. There is nothing wrong with leaving Nigeria; it is a good way to learn about life, a very good way to get more exposure that they could bring back to make their country a better place.”

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