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Youth unemployment caused #EndSARS, says Zulum, Borno Gov.

Borno State and chairman of the North East Governors Forum, Babagana Zulum, has said that yout unemployment caused the recent youth restiveness in the country.

The vocal governor said government has a responsibility to create avenues for gainful employment and also engaging the youth in productive ventures to curb the security threat posed by lack of the requisite employment in Nigeria.

In his opening remarks at the third meeting of the North East Governors Forum in Yola yesterday, Zulum said education remained the most potent tool in addressing unemployment and creating gainful employment for youths in the North East region to help in curbing the menace of insurgency and kidnapping.

He observed that the North East region was bedevilled by security issues including the Boko Haram insurgency, kidnappings and banditry, cautioning that these multifaceted security challenges have enormous effects on the economic and social wellbeing of the region.

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On the issue of terrorism in the region, he said the regional Governors’ Forum would deliberate on ways of facilitating prosecution of those convicted with terrorism within the region in order to expedite dispensation of justice.

“As we deliberate the scourge of terrorism and terror groups within the North East, we need to fashion out ways of facilitating the prosecution of those charged with terrorism,” he said.

Zulum regretted that Governors of the region were worried about the rate of youth unemployment that has degenerated into restiveness as evident in the #EndSARS protests.

The Governor said the forum would also look into the worrying phenomenon of ‘almajiri’ with a view to integrating it into the western formal system of education in order to reduce the threat of leaving behind an army of vulnerable youths that might become harvested as tools for dangerous elements like the Boko Haram insurgents, bandits and kidnappers.

AbeyaNews reports that the meeting was attended by the Governors of Borno Gombe, Bauchi, Taraba, Yobe and Adamawa States.

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