Former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has expressed concern over the unemployment rate in the country, stressing that if urgent steps are not taking to address it, “the country may be sitting on a keg of gun powder.”
He expressed this concern on Saturday at the 16th and 17th convocation of the Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State.
The institution was also marking its 10th anniversary.
Obasanjo, who advised the graduating students to think outside the box to discover what they could do positively on their own to survive, noted that the state and federal governments must take the issue of job creation seriously.
He said, “If there is no job for the unemployed to feed themselves and also to contribute to the development of the country then, we will all be sitting on a keg of gun powder.
“We should be able to break the cycle of poverty, through job and wealth creations. We can achieve this at both the federal, state, local, family and individual levels.
“We must all see education as a tool for making positive contributions to our country. But, if after your education, there is no job, you must be able to think outside the box positively, that is one advantage education has provided for you and not making you a tool for evil machinations.”
Obasanjo, who was conferred with the honorary doctorate degree in Political Science, alongside the late matriarch of Awolowo family dynasty, Mrs. Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo and business mogul, Aliko Dangote, said his administration had 12 years ago mooted the idea of elevating four federal Colleges of Education into universities of education.