Yemi Adedeji, Abuja
Hassan Abdullahi, the Deputy Speaker, Kogi State House of Assembly, says the proposed Kogi Youth Development Commision Bill will drastically reduce unemployment, and also curb violent extremism in the state.
Abdullahi stated this on Monday in Abuja during an advocacy roundtable dialogue organised by ActionAid Nigeria and Kogi State Youth Advocacy Cluster in Abuja.
Describing the bill as apt, the lawmaker said it would reflect the interest of about 1.8 million youth in the state, address restiveness and eventually become Kogi Youth Development Commission when passed.
He said that the lack of synergy between government agencies was obviously responsible for the high rate of youth unemployment, noting that past governments failed to sustain youth development programs and activities.
This, he said, gave birth to poor social orientation and skill gap resulting in youths restiveness and other social vices in the State.
The deputy majority leader revealed that the which bill is currently at the committee stage when passed “shall help in addressing unemployment and other violent extremism.”
In his remarks, Mathew Kolawole, the Speaker of the House gave assurance over passage of the bill into law.
He identified significance of the proposed commission to developing the state adding that it is capable of reducing social vices in the state.