Obasanjo Warns Nigeria Sitting On Gun Powder if Nothing’s Done To Reduce Level Of Unemployment
Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday called on government at all levels to do more in the area of employment, warning that Nigeria would be in serious danger if nothing urgent is done to reduce the current level of unemployment.
Obasanjo, who gave the warning at the 10th anniversary and 6th and 7th convocation ceremonies of Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), Ijagun, Ijebu Ode in Ogun State, said the nation is sitting on a keg of a gun powder and could explode if the unemployed neither have jobs to feed themselves nor contribute for the positive development of their families and society.
Obasanjo, who thanked the University for conferring on him a Honourary Doctorate of Education in Political Science (honoraria causa), said education is a meal ticket for anybody that has it and is also a means of breaking the cycle of poverty.
He said: “Governments should do more in the area of employment. If there is no job for the unemployed to feed themselves and also to contribute to the development of the country then, we will all be sitting on gun powder.
“If university education was not for development then, it was not serving any useful purpose. It must be for development, either for personal, local, national and even global and that is very important.
“I believe in lifelong education. Nobody should stop learning until he or she dies”.