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By Idumange John
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Gainful employment is a welfare right of every individual in any democratic society. Nigeria has been wrestling with the phenomenon of unemployment. It is commonplace to see graduates roaming the street seven to eighty years after graduation without job. Youth unemployment correlates highly with youth violence, criminality and other social vices. This is apart from the fact that a nation where the most active segment is unemployed suffers from low productivity. According to the United Nations, there is an estimated 40 million jobless youth roaming the streets in Nigeria. If we do not take care of the youths and take care of our politics, manage our economy well so that poverty is rapidly alleviated, we will have an explosive situation in our hands. A recent report by the in International Labour Organization, ILO equally identified unemployment as the root cause of the growing rate of anti-social activities by youths. Inability to get employed by young people usually creates a sense of vulnerability and idleness which in turn heightens the attraction to illegal activities.

One of the cardinal policies of the Governor Henry Seriake Dickson administration is human capital development and youth empowerment. It is against this background that the administration has created two separate Ministries of Employment & Manpower Development & Youth Development.

As part of efforts towards the consummation of Governor Henry Seriake Dickson's promise to tackle the challenge of unemployment in the State, the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on RESEARCH & SOCIAL MEDIA hereby commences the compilation of names of unemployed youths across the State. Bayelsa State has the second highest unemployment rate in Nigeria As at 2007, the unemployment rate stood at 8.24%, only lower than Rivers State with 10.02%

In this exercise, all categories of unemployed people: Graduates; Persons with Technical & Vocational Skills; School Certificate Holders and people who are self-employed will be included.

The Format of the compilation should be as follows:

LGA of Origin:
Two Passport Photographs:
Marital Status:
Educational Qualifications:
Type of Technical & Vocational Skills
Permanent Home Address
For those who can read and write and are familiar with the internet, please forward your details to email address: [email protected] or call 07039103572 for clarification.

The exercise will commence on May 10, 2012 and last for 30 working days. We will also liaise with the Chairmen of the eight (8) Local Government Councils to cooperate and facilitate the exercise. We do hope the data that would be generated from the exercise will equip government in making realistic policy packaging, planning and implementation. Without these relevant data, planning will be meaningless. We wish to plan because we do not want to fail. We solicit the cooperation of all stakeholders to contribute their quota towards the success of the exercise.

Idumange John
SSA – Research & Social Media