The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Youth Committee, has called for inclusion of young persons in governance as a panacea for closing unemployment gaps in the country.
Its Chairperson, Mr Victor Ekpo, made this call at an event to commemorate the 2019 International Youth Day, in partnership with ActionAid Nigeria, with the theme, ‘Promote Youth Employment: Ensure Economic Independence for the Young’ in Abuja.
According to him, inclusion of the youth not only in employment, but in political, social and other spheres of life is a recipe for sustainable peace and national development.
While commending the NLC leadership for taking the lead in mainstreaming young persons in its policies and programmes, Ekpo called on affiliate unions to prioritise youth inclusiveness to further strengthen the union’s struggle.
“As we leave this programme, we shall be champions of transformation in our unions and the country at large.
“We therefore add our voice to call for greater youth participation in governance and also for transformational policies that will make youth employment meaningful to all,” he said.
Ekpo called on young persons to be law abiding and desist from criminal activities that could endanger the peace of society.
He added that commemoration of the International Youth Day was an opportunity to draw attention to the need to make employment accessible and inclusive for young persons.