Awogbenle puts youth unemployment on front burner as citizens conference holds October 24

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By Ibraheem Solahudeen

Seun Awogbenle, a youth-inclusion advocate and co-founder of Millennials Active Citizenship Advocacy Africa, MACAA, has said that the issue of youth unemployment in Nigeria would be the focus of the 2020 edition of the Citizens Conference, an annual convergence of policy makers and stakeholders which started in 2018.

While unveiling the theme of the conference, ‘turning ideas into opportunities,’ Awogbenle said the event will aim to “address the unemployment question, provide a roadmap on maximizing Nigeria’s large youth population and harness their huge reservoir of potential for growth, productivity and competitiveness.”

He added, “Unemployment remains Nigeria’s pressing challenge. According to the National Bureau of Statistics, Nigeria’s unemployment rate at 27.1 % is the highest in the country’s history.

“More than 21.9 million people are currently unemployed and over 2 million entrants join the labour force annually. Clearly, the labour market is unable to keep up with the rising demand.

“To prevent the situation from turning into a tragedy, Nigeria needs a clear agenda on job creation and access to economic opportunities.”

The MACAA co-founder, who is also a renowned public affairs analyst, disclosed names of expected speakers at the event, stating that the keynote address would be delivered by the Founder and CEO of The Cable Newspaper, Simon Kolawole.

Other speakers at the conference include Shina Peller, a member of the house of representatives; Bolaji Abdullahi, former minister for youth and sports development; Founder BTDT Hub, Dr Dipo Awojide; Actor and Creative Entrepreneur, Deyemi Okanlawon; TV Host, Morayo Afolabi-Brown; Chief Strategist, Alpha Reach Japheth J. Omojuwa; Founder and President of X3M Ideas, Steve Babaeko and CEO, Mamza Beauty Fatima Mamza.

The conference is scheduled to take place virtually on October 24.

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