The Senate has asked the state and the federal government to declare a state of emergency on unemployment in the country.
In a motion moved by former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, he said that unemployment was one of the major reasons why insurgency, kidnapping, armed robbery, cybercrimes, and other vices are on the increase.
According to him, with the increasing rate of unemployment, the country is sitting on a keg of gun powder if nothing is done to control it.
“Any nation with such number of unemployed but employable youths is only sitting on a keg of gun powder,” he said.
He lamented over the rising number of curriculum vitae and application for employment from constituents. Describing it as a most pressing demand on the hand of every legislator and public officer, he noted that “These energies and potential talents that are lying idle and wasting away are usually misdirected towards many unprofitable and harmful ventures and lifestyles.”
Ekweremadu reiterated that an indication of the breakdown of the private sector, which is the major driver of world economies is a situation where school graduates have to queue up for jobs only in government offices.