Abdulrasheed Bawa, The Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has lamented the high rate of unemployment commonly seen among Nigerian youths.
He, therefore, warned that Nigeria is living on a time bomb if the issue of youth unemployment is not addressed amidst the growing population explosion in the country.
Bawa further expressed his sadness by saying that, through thus most youths are being lured into var
He lamented that the youth were increasingly being lured into criminal activities. Bawa, who was represented by the Director of Research, Department of Policy, Planning and Research, Mr Abiodun Adebanji, spoke on Tuesday in Kano at the opening session of a two-day conference, organised by the Centre for Economic, Social and Population Research (CESPOR), Bayero University Kano.
He said, “There is a relationship between youths’ unproductivity and their condition. More than 50 percent of our population is the youth, and there is a projection that by 2050, it will grow even bigger.
“But, if nothing is done to make these youths productive, it will portend danger, especially if there are no jobs readily available for them.”
Bawa said the agency secured 2,220 convictions in 2021, lamenting that most of the culprits were the youth.