By Felicia Imohimi
An NGO under the aegis of School of Government and Politics (SOGP), has called for collective action to address unemployment in Africa to mitigate social vices across the continent.
Mr Augustine Nnakwe, Programme Director, SOGP, said this on the sidelines of the Africa Job Creation and Investment summit in Abuja.
He said the summit organised by SOGP led by Mrs Obii Harry, in partnership with Trybe Africa, was aimed at addressing the alarming rate of unemployment in Africa.
The programme director said through collaboration, there would be job opportunities in various sectors of the economy and improvement in the lives of millions of Africans.
“As we look towards the future, it is essential to recognise that unemployment is a continental challenge that requires a collective and urgent response,” Nnakwe said.
He lauded SOGP and Trybe Africa for their leadership role in addressing critical issues in the continent and urged other stakeholders to support the initiative.
“By working together we can create a brighter future for Africa and its people.
“The programme was informed by the need to find sustainable solutions to the employment challenges in the continent.
“It is no secret that Africa records one of the highest rates of unemployment in the world, with more than 200 million young people and women currently unemployed,” he added.
He said the summit’s objectives include the creation of a platform where stakeholders across the continent could meet to discuss current state of unemployment in Africa and proffer workable solutions.
Nnakwe said it was also an avenue for networking among job creators and investors, with a view to creating job opportunities across several sectors.
“The summit is to encourage further investment in Africa’s economy through discussions and presentations of viable investment opportunities.
“The initiative also hopes to enhance skills development through training and mentoring programmes. By developing necessary skills and competencies, job seekers and entrepreneurs can become more marketable and attract investors.”
Nnakwe said SOGP was born out of the need to prepare the next generation of Africans for governance by developing their leadership capacity.
It was also born out of the need to enlighten the populace to demand accountability from their leaders, the programme director added.
Dayo Benjamin-Laniyi, the Chairperson, Trybe Africa Board, and CEO Doxa Media, said the summit was about unlocking the immense potentials of Africa job market.
She said it was also to drive key threads in different professions and entrepreneurial spaces, to drive economic growth across the continent.
Benjamin-Laniyi said that Trybe Africa believed that job creation was the solution to the social insecurity, adding that poverty alleviation should be replaced by the mind-set of wealth creation.
“By investing in the youth we believe our partnership will empower you not just as you today but as people who are able to converse with the pedigree of engaging government.
“Also a pedigree of packaging and delivery of governmental mantra. Just get in your track and demand the way forward by your motions,” he added.
NAN reports that the programme brought together several stakeholders from government, private sector and civil society organisations to develop sustainable solutions to the unemployment challenge in the continent. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Abiemwense Moru/Maharazu Ahmed