Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has called for the creation of jobs for the youth, particularly in the agricultural sector, to address the problem of unemployment in Nigeria.
Mr Obasanjo gave the advice Thursday while speaking on the topic ‘Unemployment in Nigeria: The Way Out’ at a job fair at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
He said there are job opportunities all around the country, especially in agribusiness.
“Being a sole business person in the agricultural business, I had discovered the great job opportunities in agriculture,” said Mr Obasanjo. who has run farms across the country since 1979.
His farm in Ota, Ogun State, one of the largest in Nigeria, produces a variety of poultry, livestock and food items.
One of his farms was among 16 businesses shut down last month by the Oyo State government for defaulting in payment of environmental development levy.
In his address to the students at the fair on Thursday, Mr Obasanjo said the only problem is that Nigerians are yet to discover opportunities in agriculture because the system seems not to be encouraging the platform for the youth.
He stressed that the realities of the 21st century Nigeria cannot do away with agriculture.
“This means that it is very important we start discovering the immense opportunities in agriculture by embracing agriculture passionately,” he said.
Several companies at the event, including Julius Berger Nig. PLC, Portion Consult and Brick-House Construction Company LTD, offered the participants opportunities such as CV checking, consultations, and other jobs.
The Vice-Chancellor of OAU, Eyitope Ogunbodede, in his address described as unfortunate the present system in Nigeria that is unable to provide jobs for the youth.
“The present curriculum in the university is currently undergoing a design to bridge this gap,” he said.
“And this has been going on through the various seminars the university has been organising and hosting to ensure that whatever courses every student offered on this campus will be able to equip them for the current job challenge,” he said.
Mr. Ogunbodede, a professor of Dental Public Health, said the aim of the university is that students can stand on their own and earn a decent living after school.
He said several organisations were partnering with the university to achieve this aim of job creation.
Mr Obasanjo refused to comment on current political issues in the country and avoided entertaining questions from journalists at the event.
PREMIUM TIMES earlier reported he held a closed-door meeting with his former vice president who on Sunday emerged the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the 2019 election, Atiku Abubakar.
Deadly Zika Virus fast circulating in Kenya
The deadly Zika virus, which almost marred the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, has been detected in Kenya for the first time.
On Friday, local researchers said they have detected 33 Zika incidents in West Pokot County and one in Turkana County, the first ever recorded in Kenya.
The team from the Ministry of Health, the Nairobi-based International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (Icipe), Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology want measures put in place to prevent a possible outbreak.
The researchers in the study published in Virology Journal on Friday on May 17, 2019, said they had found evidence Zika virus has been circulating undetected in human populations in West Pokot and Turkana counties.
The team led by Edith Chepkorir of Icipe was hunting for yellow fever, dengue, West Nile and Zika viruses in the two counties.
The areas were being investigated because they border Uganda, South Sudan and Ethiopia where recent outbreaks of yellow fever and dengue have been reported, with possibility of spillover into Kenya.
In the study, they found all the four viruses present with Zika being recorded for the first time in Kenya.
The team had collected 877 samples from the two counties with 33 turning positive for Zika in West Pokot and one in Turkana.
“The results in the current study suggest circulation of Zika in both counties, yet there have never been reported or confirmed cases of Zika in Kenya,” the report notes.
The virus was first identified in a rhesus monkey in 1947 in the Zika forest in Uganda. Coincidentally, the new study says the Kenya cases were detected in an area called Kanyerus, West Pokot, which is very close to where the virus was first recorded in Uganda.
EFCC arrests 10 suspected Internet Fraudsters in Abuja
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abuja Zonal office have arrested ten suspected internet scammers popularly known as “Yahoo Boys” at Favour Estate Land Estate, in Abuja.
They were arrested following a tip-off by an anonymous source.
Some of the items recovered from the suspects were exotic cars, laptops and smart phones.
A statement released by the antigraft agency gave the names of the suspects as Okorokpa Clifford, Ejechi Rukeme Clarence, Omoagbere Nelson, Olamide Agbi, Prosper Williams, Zhenom Moses, Nasiru Saudi Ali, Shakajede Okiemute, Okoro Andrew and Amorighoye Laju Precious.
Christchurch shootings: Court charges Mosque attacker with terrorism
The man accused of killing 51 people in the Christchurch mosques attack has been charged with terrorism, New Zealand police have said.
Brenton Tarrant was charged with “engaging in a terrorist act”, police said in a statement on Tuesday.
He is already facing charges of murder and 40 of attempted murder following the attack on two mosques in the South Island city on 15 March.
The Australian is next due in court in June.
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