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21 Million Nigerian Youth Unemployed, Involved In Crimes – Squash Don, Aibino Regrets

Vice-Chancellor of Summit University Offa, Kwara State, Professor Abiodun Moses Abeno has decried the high rate of unemployment in Nigeria, linking it to an increase in crime.

According to the Vice-Chancellor, more than 21 million young Nigerians are without work to make ends meet.

Of the 21 million unemployed, Abeno said 2.9 million had either undergraduate or graduate degrees from higher education institutions.

He was concerned that the majority of the unemployed fall between the productive ages of 15 and 34.

Concerned, the professor warned that the high rate of unemployment continued to “push young people into criminal activities to earn income to feed themselves and their families”.

Abeno spoke in a lecture delivered during the National Electoral Convention and the 20th Anniversary of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Muslim Abeokuta Alumni (MAPAMA), which was held yesterday in Abeokuta.

Speaking on the topic “Creativity and Innovation: Tools to Solve Economic Crises in Nigeria”, the VC lamented that most of the research projects undertaken by the students at the end of their academic years were shelved.

He said there was no drive to turn ideas from research work into products that could be sold to the public.

While explaining that there is no link between higher education institutions and industries, the donor said this created a gap that discourages the transformation of such academic research projects into marketable products.

He lamented that Nigeria, which is home to more than 300 tertiary institutions, was ranked 124th in the global innovation rankings in 2021, according to the Global Innovation Index.

Aibinu also complained that although the nation has many agencies burdened with the responsibility of promoting innovation and creativity, the outputs of said agencies have not resulted in any significant increase in the country’s technological ranking.

Therefore, he saw that the use of innovation and creativity can be implemented to develop the economic situation through what he called “academic entrepreneurship”, which he said turns academic ideas and research into businesses and emerging projects.

With this, he expressed optimism that graduates will no longer be dependent on the government for job opportunities, but will have the creativity and innovation to transform their knowledge and skills into sustainable businesses.

Earlier in his speech, the National President of MAPAMA, Prince Taufik Oyeni stated that the association has been a platform for the growth of the members in all aspects.

Owini revealed that the authority is implementing major programs in the field of education, economic empowerment, social welfare and strengthening institutional capabilities.

21 Million Nigerian Youth Unemployed, Involved In Crimes – Squash Don, Aibino Regrets

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