Rep seeks di­a­logue on job cre­ation

The Punch - - NEWS - Leke Baiyewu, Abuja

The law­maker rep­re­sent­ing the Ede North/ede South/egbedore/ Ejigbo Fed­eral Con­stituency of Osun State in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Mr Bamidele Salam, has called on the Fed­eral Govern­ment to de­clare a state of emer­gency on unem­ploy­ment in Nige­ria.

Salam also called on the govern­ment to con­vene a na­tional di­a­logue to de­sign a 10-year pol­icy plan for job cre­ation.

The law­maker made the call in the sec­ond se­ries of his ‘New Year Re­flec­tions’ posted on his Face­book page on Thurs­day.

The post read, “When a po­lit­i­cal leader wakes up in the morn­ing and sees peo­ple queue up in his house to ask for help on food, med­i­cal and school fees, he should know that the sys­tem upon which he pre­sides (over) has failed. It is not a bless­ing but a curse to have so many able-bod­ied young men out of job and hav­ing to de­pend on free­bies to sur­vive.

“As we begin a new decade and in the very likely event of global eco­nomic slow­down, it is very im­por­tant that the Fed­eral Govern­ment de­clares a state of emer­gency on unem­ploy­ment and con­vene an all-in­clu­sive fo­rum where a 10-year sus­tain­able ac­tion plan will be adopted to cre­ate a min­i­mum of 5 mil­lion jobs ev­ery year.”

Salam had on his Face­book page on Sun­day ar­gued that the N37bn pro­posed for the ren­o­va­tion of the Na­tional Assem­bly Com­plex Abuja could have spent on health, ed­u­ca­tion and in­fra­struc­ture.

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