The Ekiti State governor, Kayode Fayemi, has stated that insecurity in Nigeria is a consequence of unemployment.
The governor, while speaking at the programme ‘Financing Safe Schools’ yesterday, said Nigeria needs to do more to address insecurity in the country.
The governor said there is a need for a coordinated response to unemployment and addressing the socio-economic effects on citizens.
“Even when we do all that is required of us, that is, stemming the tide of the problem of insecurity, brigandage, I think we need to look at the broader socio-economic response,” he stated.
“It is good to be tough on crime. We must be tougher on the causes of crime. You cannot have a 33 percent unemployment rate in any country and not expect to deal with the sociological implication of that. And that is an area that the Nigeria Governors’ Forum believes we must also work collaboratively with our partners, also work with our financial institutions and private sector in order to find the best mechanism to bring our youth to work”.
Also speaking on how insecurity has affected schoolchildren, the minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, said Nigerians need to speak out against the “disturbing trend”.