Nigerian businessman and veteran banker, Mohammed Hayatu-Deen has assured Nigerian Youths an inclusion in his government, if he becomes the number one man in the country. In a statement signed and exclusively sent to Zebra News, Hayatu-Deen said the youths are major part of the nation’s population, adding that his administration will engage them productively.
“The current population of Nigeria is 215,735,601 based on projections of the latest United Nations data. The UN estimatesthe July 1, 2022 population at 216,746,934. Of this number, the large numbers of youth in Nigeria (76% are 34years and below) can be regarded as an opportunity if well harnessed. However, with a net addition rate that adds 5.4 people every year (Net increase of 1 person every 6 seconds) without commensurate infrastructural growth, and according tothe NBS website, national estimates for unemployment at33.3%, youth unemployment is at 42.5%, we have a crisis of worrisome dimensions” He continued.
“In a statement commemorating the International day of education in Nigeria, in 2022, UNICEF reports that “10.5million children are out of school in Nigeria, which is the highest rate in the world. The ﬁgure indicates that one-third of Nigerian children are not in school, and one in ﬁve out-of-school children in Nigeria, which is the highest rate in the world. The ﬁgure indicates that one-third of Nigerian children are not in school, and one in ﬁve out-of-school children in the world is a Nigerian.” Millions of Nigerian children have never set foot in a classroom”.
“The current rural ecosystem cannot accommodate this population growth level. The drift in rural-urban migration is huge, with many youths uneducated. I will adopt a systematic approach and focus on rapid and integrated rural development. As a President, I will work with Governors and local authorities to ensure the youth are productively engaged. I will create a community of small towns that are ﬂourishing with new industries and industrial clusters to absorb these people.”