The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Archdiocese, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, has urged the Federal Government and Ministers to give the promised jobs to the nation’s unemployed youths, rather than give the jobs to their families.
According to Archbishop Kaigama, the unemployed youths must be employed without having a godfather or connection, saying that this will go a long way to end youth restiveness in the country as well as a guide against recent protests by youths who came to fight for the scrapping of the disbanded Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) and bad governance.
Kaigama in his Homily Sunday at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Parish, Sabon Lugbe, Abuja, also called on the Federal Government to go for capacity building by investing on the young ones in order to have a very robust productive sector in the country, rather than over-reliance on Oil.
The Catholic Archbishop also cautioned the Federal Government has against continuous borrowing that is at the moment telling on Nigeria, however, asked when other countries will borrow from Nigeria.
He also urged the youths to divert energy into Productive and creative things, instead of engaging in destruction, just as asked the youth to go into small scale production and skill acquisition where they can engage themselves instead of waiting for white-collar jobs that may not come, adding that youths should not allow tribal and religious sentiment to divide them.
Kaigama said, “I, therefore, call on our leaders to generate good job opportunities and create avenues for skills acquisition so that our youth can nourish our country with their great talents.
“I pray that the jobs that have been promised to youths by the Federal Government will not end up being for family and friends of those who matter. To our youths, you must not sit back in total anticipation of white-collar jobs, I encourage you to offer voluntary services and develop your skills in the smallest possible way you can.
“We all need prudent and profitable use of time, talent and resources in order to give a good account of our earthly stewardship, so that we can hear the Lord say, “Well done, good and faithful servant… enter into the joy of your Master” (Mt. 25:21).
“As a country, we must channel our resources into human capacity building and productive ventures instead of our overdependence on oil, foreign aid and aggressive borrowing from other countries.
“We are blessed with huge agricultural potentials to make us self-reliant and our youth gainfully employed, and there is no reason to be referred to as “the poverty capital of the world.”
Why we don’t progress well is because we fail to make the necessary sacrifices and transparency that could propel us to greatness.
“Many Nigerians are thriving abroad but at home people with good brains and skills are frustrated because of the deficiency of social infrastructure, technical equipment, coupled with corrupt practices.
“Our leaders should provide the conducive environment and help people who have gifts to employ them for the good of fellow Nigerians (cf.1 Peter 4:10).” Most Rev. Kaigama added.