The president, National Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agricultural (NACCIMA), Iyalode Alaba Lawson, has called on the government at all levels to seek innovative approach to tackle the menace of unemployment, epileptic power supply and poor infrastructural development.
Speaking at the presidential quarterly Business Forum (QBF) recently, Mrs Lawson called the attention of Federal government to the next generation Nigeria Report of 2010, which recommended a massive investment in young people, to equip them for modern economy and technology through provision of quality education, including skill acquisition and expansion of vocational training that will equip them for self employment.
Her words: “Unemployment rate is 18.8 per cent and still on the increase, so we need to embark on massive vocational skills training for young people both in school and out of school,” she stated.
The NACCIMA boss reminded the government the indispensability of steady power supply towards improving productivity and job creation in the country, saying that, there is urgent need to improve power supply especially in the South-South and South- East, to enable myriads of old industries which crumbled as a result of high cost of Power generation to be re-activated, as well set up new ones across the country.
She, therefore, called on the Federal Government to declare state of emergency in road construction, especially the Lagos -Ibadan express way which is strategic to Nigeria’s economic activities.