OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has tasked the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment to urgently develop a comprehensive template for the establishment of industries across the federation so as to create jobs for 11 million unemployed youths.

This resolution was sequel to a motion adopted at Wednesday plenary on: ‘Urgent Need to Combat Unemployment and Social Vices through Establishment of Industries Across the Federation’, sponsored by Chinedu Martins (PDP, Imo).

Leading the debate, Martins noted that the unprecedented rate of unemployment is the root of the social vices currently experienced in the country and 33.3% unemployment and the 28% youth unemployment rates amounting to over 11 million unemployed youths.

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He said lack of cottage industries in the country which should have played a critical role in engaging youthful energy positively in the production of raw materials as well as semi–finished products has made young people to take up social vices as the only alternative means of survival and social mobility.

The lawmaker therefore called for a comprehensive industrial revolution, adding that the history of the nation, given the recent developments in the political, social and economic spheres of the country which emphasised the fact that youths are important stakeholders in the Nigerian project.

The predominance of industrial clusters in South East Asian countries has motivated industrial growth in the form of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and massive decline in unemployment, making way for stability in the economy, political leadership and lower crime rates as a result of their remarkable success in industrialization, he noted.

“A similar strategy of building cottage industries has worked agreeably in some African countries like Rwanda, Mozambique, Ghana and South Africa, an indication that grassroots industrialization produces an array of positive economic and social impacts,” he said.

The Imo lawmaker further expressed worry that Nigeria was yet to positively harness the human capital resources accruing from its youthful population through the creation of industrial clusters to nip the current situation.

Furthermore, he said it has become imperative for government to restrategise by establishing industries in the 360 federal constituencies which would play a critical role in curbing the unemployment problems and boost the country’s Gross Domestic Products (GDP).

The motion was passed when Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila put the question and the House mandated the Committees on Industry and Commerce to ensure compliance.

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