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Youth Unemployment In Nigeria: Some Implications For The Third Millennium

Nigeria, Unemployment, Political Stability, Youth Work Incentive., Otaki Osana Alanana
KEYWORDS: Youth Unemployment In Nigeria: Some Implications For The Third Millennium


This paper emphasises the implications of youth unemployment in Nigeria, for the third Millennium The implications are both social, economic and politicaL It is argued in the paper that youth unemployment is potentially dangerous as it sends disturbing signal to all segments of the Nigerian Society The rate of youth unemployment in Nigeria is high, even at the period of economic normalcy i.e. the oil boom of the 1970s (6.2%); 1980s (9.8%) and the 1990s (11.5%). Youth unemployment therefore is not a recent phenomenon as is conveyed in the various tables in this paper. The theoretical stand point of the paper is influenced by functionalist school of thought. with a biase for European school of modern is m which argues that youth play a central role in the overall survival of Nigeria. Ignoring the political. econom1c and social roles they play amounts to threatening the very survival of Nigeria as a nation thus to reduce unemployrnent, the paper suggests among others, the establishrnent of Work lncent:ve Progamme (WIN) by tile Nigerian State, as is done in the capitalist America. Goverriment in league with the private sector it is further suggested, can create job corps for school dropouts as one major rernE:civ to unemployment. The paper further sees hope for Nigeria only if Youths are mobilized by way of genuinely socializing them into taking their roles in the stratification system.

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