The Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III, has tasked the Federal Government to combat insecurity in the nation by seeking innovative ways to engage its Youth.
During an exclusive interview with Channels TV on Monday, the monarch lamented over the level of youth unemployment in the country, saying it is worse than a time bomb waiting to explode.
“I don’t even know if calling it a ticking time bomb is appropriate anymore because it is getting so close,” he stated.
The Olu also linked youth unemployment to the current security challenges bedevilling Africa’s most populous nation.
He also called on the Federal Government to seek innovative ways to actively engage the youth as the nation has an abundance of manpower which could be very productive if well harnessed.
“If the youth are not using their time productively, they will inevitably use it counter-productively which is not good for the nation.
“Government needs to find a creative way to engage the youth as in doing so, they are averting so many issues which might arise from not productively and rightly engaging the youth”. he stated.
He also called on leaders to guide young Nigerians, warning that if steps are not taken to tackle the rising unemployment among youths, the unemployment rate could hit 40 per cent.