Professor Ebere Onwudiwe, publisher and Editorial Director of O-analytics Research and Development Initiative (ORADI), in this interview with Daily Trust at the weekend in Abuja, spoke on the threat of high unemployment rate in Nigeria and proffered solutions.
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), says based on 2018 data, Nigeria has an estimated 23.1 percent unemployment rate which is an all-time high. How do you think this problem could be tackled vis- a-vis national security?
Obviously, unemployment, in particular, youth unemployment is one cause of the security challenges in Nigeria. Nigeria’s youth unemployment is over 52 percent which is a huge number that some concerned analysts have called a ticking time bomb. Many nations have gone through this and survived. This suggests that there exist out there many examples of how to defuse this time bomb and turn an explosive situation of a youth bulge in the midst of slow economic growth into some good economic times capable of absorbing many of the idle hands roaming our streets in utter hopelessness.