At such a time when our nation is engulfed in record unemployment rates, and our position continues to dwindle among development indicators, the hope initiative club is redefining the future of this nation. We cannot help but appreciate the visionary management of the Centre for constitutional government and all members of their staff, we owe many things to come, to their selfless efforts towards the involvement of young people in processes, programs and debates that set precedent for the leadership module this country will take in the near future.
For the different university chapters present here today, my hope is that the attendance of these forums does not become to us, a ritual exercise, but rather a reflection mechanism towards the country where we want and where we want it to go from our generation, henceforth. It is my discrete honor to share with you thoughts on the subject of unemployment from the social, political and economic dimension to enable us contextualize the need in addressing this problem as a country, but more importantly, as a generation.
Our country has achieved a status of damnation when it comes to the question of employment. Young people have resorted to luck oriented means of earning a living as opposed to the work oriented means.
They seek their luck in sports betting, political commentary and appropriate branding like the poor youth or any availed means that seems to present a future of some form of livelihood, by this I mean the crime preventers in their thousands. On wonders how we got here. How that a nation so endowed with natural resources spanning from lakes to forest cover, from mining fields to fertile soils cannot seem to translate the same into opportunities for job creation. In 1990, at the time of our salvation from anarchy of political history with regard to the gun rule, there was a genuine feeling that the country was on a forward path to economic development which include the expansion of employment opportunities in economic activities in deafening silence of guns through the peace then achieved. At about the same time, the World Bank issued structural re-adjustment policies for low developed countries that would limit government expenditure to core administrative means and liberalize the economy to be private sector driven. Of interest to me is the particular idea by the World Bank that government should invest more money in primary rather than tertiary education.