By Milcah Tanimu
Uche Nwosu, the former Chief of Staff to the Imo State Governor and President of the Ugwumba Leadership Center for Africa, has emphasized the urgent need for increased job opportunities for young people. He warned that the escalating rate of youth unemployment in Nigeria could lead the country toward a state of political instability.
Nwosu conveyed this message while leading a delegation to meet with Dr. Gabor Krauss, the acting Hungarian Ambassador to Nigeria, in Abuja. During the meeting, he underscored the gravity of the situation, stating, “The ongoing growth of extreme poverty and the widening gap in youth unemployment pose a significant risk to Nigeria’s political stability. Addressing these issues is of paramount importance as they represent a critical social and economic emergency.”
Highlighting the purpose of his visit, Nwosu shared that he aimed to collaborate with the Hungarian Ambassador to generate employment opportunities, specifically targeting the youth and women demographic in Nigeria. He elaborated, “Our collaboration seeks to establish a flexible platform through which young individuals and women can access financial support for their entrepreneurial pursuits. This initiative is particularly geared toward those interested in sectors such as agriculture, technology, and entertainment.”
Nwosu went on to explain that the motivation behind this partnership stemmed from the pressing need to counter the distressing challenges posed by high youth unemployment and extreme economic poverty within households. Additionally, the partnership aims to mitigate the social and economic security risks that are associated with these challenges.
Dr. Gabor Krauss, the acting Hungarian Ambassador to Nigeria, expressed eagerness to collaborate with the Ugwumba Leadership Center in order to alleviate the difficulties faced by Nigerian youth and women.