The national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has outlined solutions to unemployment, insecurity, and other issues bedevilling the current administration.
Speaking at the opening of the 2021 annual Arewa House Lectures, which he chaired on Saturday in Kaduna, Mr Tinubu called on the Federal Government to invest massively in job creation.
The lecture was on “Reduction of the Cost of Governance for Inclusive Growth and Youth Development in Northern Nigeria in a Post- COVID-19 era”.
He said the government must urgently think outside of the box in finding solutions to the challenges posed by unemployment.
According to him, the frustration and despair among the youth were largely caused by chronic poverty and breakdown in social institutions.
“Building vital infrastructure such as irrigation and water catchment systems will help agriculture, arrest desertification and provide jobs.
“Another readily available area primed for investment is the agro-allied industry which, for the northern region is particularly advantageous,” he said.
Mr Tinubu added that government must implement a national industrial policy to encourage key industries to begin to employ the country’s growing population.
On the herder/farmer dispute, the former Lagos State Governor said the government “must appreciate that martial security measures alone will not suffice”.
“Problems that are essentially of an economic origin must also have an economic solution.
“Enhanced security may be the necessary first step, but it cannot be the only step.
“We cannot resolve this problem by holding on to one-dimensional answers. We must all be dispassionate in our search for solutions.
“These challenges are multi-faceted and so the solutions must be.
“The issue of insecurity, unemployment and extremism has many things to do with governance, over time.