U.S.-based United African Diasporan States (UADS) says it plans to create 10 million jobs in Nigeria within 10 years.
The Executive President of the organisation, Prof. Brimmy Olaghere, announced this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday.
UADS was established in 2001 by Africans based in the U.S. to partner with New Economic Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) in the area of job creation.
The organisation is also to assist African states in the area of socio-economic growth, development projects and programmes, among others.
He said that when operational, the scheme would engage Nigerians, especially youths in meaningful sources of livelihood.
According to him, UADS will establish many industries and mechanised farms, where many Nigerian youths will be engaged in various jobs.
Olaghere added that it would reduce poverty, stop youths from roaming the streets and stem the tide of insecurity to the barest minimum.
He said unemployment and poverty were some of the factors responsible for the high rate of insecurity in the country.
“As Nigerians, we are all aware of the unprecedented violence plaguing our country in recent time.”
He, however, urged Nigerians not to allow poverty to push them into terrorism, adding that such act was capable of plunging the country into jeopardy.
He said it was unfortunate that Nigerians were not willing to cooperate with the government to end insecurity and other challenges.
According to him, security is a collective responsibility, therefore, it should not be left in the hands of governments alone.
Olaghere said without peace, security of lives and property, no nation could achieve any meaningful development.
He urged the Federal Government to create environment conducive for investors, especially foreign ones, to tap the rich natural and human resources of Nigeria for its mutual benefit.
He also advised Nigerians to take community policing seriously, adding that it would go a long way to reduce the rate of crime, criminality and insurgency.
“Government on its part must also be sincere and honest in its quest to salvage the situation of insecurity in the country.
“Government must ensure that it arrests criminals and deals with them in accordance with the law of the land to deter potential criminals.
Olaghere also urged the government to give priority attention to agriculture, to boost food production and provide employment to Nigerians.
He also called on the government to empower women and create job opportunities for the teeming population, especially the youths to avoid restiveness.
Olaghere commended the State Security Service (SSS) for its “professional and patriotic” service on intelligence gathering.
He expressed optimism that the effort would boost the fight against terrorism and other form of criminality in any part of the country.
“The nation’s security agencies also need to be more proactive in order to reduce the spate of kidnappings and other anti social vices.
“ Our security agencies should apply more intelligence sharing and also network effectively as quick response to threats, and to intervene at potential flash points.” (NAN)