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Renewed Re-orientation by LG, LCDAs Panacea To Youth Restiveness


By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta

Increasing re-orientation programmes by Local Government Councils targeted at ensuring massive youth participation in government recruitment exercises in Nigeria, has been identified as a major panacea capable of curbing the prevalent youth restiveness in the country.

The Federal Commissioner representing Lagos State at the Federal Character Commission, Abuja, Hon. Abdul Wasiu Kayode Bawa-Allah disclosed this while addressing the newly elected Chairmen of Local Government Councils and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) during a retreat held in Lagos.

Bawa-Allah explained that the councils remain veritable stakeholders that could address unrest and agitation if necessary measures are put in place aimed at giving adequate support to the teeming youths, thereby enabling them to participate fully in the recruitment exercises, occupying the spaces allotted to Lagos indigenes at the federal level.

“We, however, have observed that the participation and inclusion of our Indigenes in the general employment opportunity into the military and paramilitary; health care and some educational institutions, is far below par.

“Decisions about the security and distribution of this nation’s resources will be taken by those employed into these agencies, and where we are not adequately represented owing to our lapses, cries of marginalization, complaints about being sidestepped, and a growing sense of non-inclusion, will be a felt accomplice,” he said.

Explaining the core mandates of the Federal Character Commission at ensuring proportional sharing of appointments, promotion of vacancies at directorate levels, without sacrificing merit, and the provision of socio-economic amenities, infrastructural facilities at all levels of government nationwide, the commissioner added that the commission has improved on its advocacy activities to the state- based higher echelon and key policymaking institutions.

Positing that the Commission was empowered to carry out staff auditing at any level of government in order to check or advise on the correction of the imbalances that may exist, he expressed that the activities of some erring MDAs were being monitored to correct some anomalies.

He sought for the unwavering support of the council chairmen to enable qualified indigenes to benefit from the few employment opportunities in these economic-challenging times, adding that the State has since been contributing to the nation’s wealth in no small measure through its rich and diverse socio-economic activities.



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