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Covid-19, insurgency aggravated problems of insecurity, unemployment–Gov. Akeredolu 

By Friday Omosola

Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has said the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic in the world and insurgency in Nigeria has worsened the problems of insecurity and unemployment.

Akeredolu said profitable and optimal engagement of the youth is crucial to a desirable future, adding that they constitute the largest percentage of the population.

He said this on Wednesday at the Exco Chambers of the Governor’s Office while receiving participants of the Senior Course 45 program of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, who are on a Study Tour to Ondo State.

The 46-man team was led by the Faculty Leader, Commodore Promise Dappa.

While appreciating them for finding the state suitable again for the Study Tour, Akeredolu noted that the importance of the topic of the Study Tour, “Youth Unemployment and National Security”, cannot be overemphasized.

The Chairman Southern Governors Forum explained that the challenges of insecurity and unemployment are hydra-headed not only in the country but in the world at large.

The governor further said the prevailing unemployment in the country has now made some youth seek greener pastures abroad.

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He added that there is a correlation between unemployment and insecurity, stressing that all hands must be on deck to address the problems.

Akeredolu reiterated the need for state police, saying the stand of his administration is that a police command in Abuja can not serve the nation of 300 million people.

However, the Faculty Team Leader, Commodore Promise Dappa, said the purpose and objective of the study tour are for the participants to visit selected states every year to study the prevalent socio-cultural, socio-economic, and security challenges in those states.

He added that it is to also see the efforts and various actions taken by the various state governments towards addressing those prevalent challenges.

“They are also required to establish a nexus between those challenges, the actions were taken by those governors and the security of the states and national security as a whole. That is why this year, the theme of the tour is “Youth Unemployment and National Security of Nigeria,” Dappa added.

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