Even though a sizable number of ”pressmen” as government officials always say, are on the payroll of the ruling party in Nigeria today, that does not distract professionally resolute Journalists from outlining the chamelionic nature of governance.
Failure is a recurrent feature, when the people’s voices are ignored and the imposition of the desires of a few occupys the front page.
Politicians have over the years groomed army of youths to promote their interests. Majority of these youths do not necessarily possess the basic qualification-Senior Secondary School Certificate(SSCE) to make any meaningful impact in life.
To fill the vacuum, politicians console these category of youths with limitless supply of outlawed substances and alcohol, so long as the youths do their bidding.
The unemployment rate in Nigeria is at an all time high, with unemployable graduates constituting a significant number of the unemployed.
Of worry is the fact that most Primary, Secondary and tertiary institutions of learning are ill equipped and have on their pay rolls, poorly motivated manpower to impart the required knowledge. State Governments now employ graduates to positions originally meant for unskilled labour, as political patronage and nepotism determines who gets what.
Professionalism no longer exists in the civil service of most states, as workers continue to redefine their positions to reflect the survival of the fittest ideology currently in vogue.
It is on record and it is already a reference point that the All Progressives Congress(APC), the ruling party had its first progressive governance lecture series on 24 February, 2014, in Ibadan, Nigeria.
At the lecture series, Ayo Teriba, Chief Executive Officer, Economic Associates, delivered a lecture titled ”NIGERIA’s HIGH GROWTH-HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT PARADOX”.
Treiba had said, ”As Nigeria’s growth surged in the past one and a half decades, unemployment rate has increased three fold. Elected officials have been unable to translate growth to increased employment, largely because they have left the task of fiscal and monetary policy management growth, constrained domestic demand and worsened the employment rate. To make democratic governance a tool for delivering economic tangible and enduring economic benefits in the future, Nigeria needs to make monthly employment data available before the end of each month, fix rail transportation, rethink fiscal policy, refocus monetary policy and ensure that elected officials accept responsibility for policy formulation and coordination”.
However, the future is here and it is doubtful if Teriba’s recommendation are being followed.
Interestingly, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, Governor of Imo state and Chairman, Progressives Governors Forum has lamented ”the current unemployment situation in Nigeria is unacceptable and is a danger to the social, economic and political stability of Nigeria. It also impacts negatively on our ambitions as a country, afterall, how can Nigeria, with over 20 million youths who have no jobs and millions of others wasting away claim that we want to be a major power in the comity of nations ?
That claim would be laughable if not tragic-tragic because we come across as refusing to empower the youths on whose shoulders will rest the task of taking Nigeria to the next level. We can no longer remain insensitive to issues around unemployment and crises of governance in Nigeria”.
Will the Presidnet Muhammadu Buhari led administration reverse the current trend of economic and other sectoral challenges ? Nigerians are already taking note and stock of the activities of the present administration for future reference.