Group tasks Buhari on jobs creation through harnessing natural resources

A group, Opportunity is Given International (OGI), has tasked the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, to ensure massive job creation when he is sworn in, by harnessing the untapped natural resources in the country.

The coordinator of OGI, Comrade Chimbo Obieze, advocated this in an address he delivered at a seminar on youth empowerment organized by the group yesterday, in Onitsha, Anambra State.

Obieze noted that the country was highly blessed with a lot of mineral resources, which can be harnessed not only for foreign exchange purposes but developed as huge employment sites; thus employing tens of thousands of unemployed youths.

He noted coal, zinc, copper, iron, etc mining sites could be developed adopting safety standards and using manual intensive methods; which would absorb millions of job seekers in the country.

“The basic key for our survival and prosperity as a nation had been provided by God already; our land apart from using it for agriculture and agro-allied potentials; still holds lot of commercial quantity of mineral resources yet untapped.

“These mineral resources could be tapped, using manual intensive methods, which must follow laid down rules for safety. When this is done; tens of thousands of jobs would be created by harnessing these minerals that are found in commercial quantities in the country.

“It will help keep youths away from the streets and neighbourhoods; while idleness that causes crime among youth would be minimized,’’ he said.

On the seminar, Obieze said that it was meant to inculcate in youths in Onitsha, Nnewi and environs the entrepreneurial skills that will help them to survive in Nigeria’s harsh economy, as well as financial and time management skills.

He said that the seminar had reawakened youths to little things they could engage themselves within their immediate neighborhood that can stop them from being idle.

“Opportunity is Given International (OGI) is an economic network meant to bring youths together to form common synergy on how to overcome financial and economic challenges.” He said.

By Ifeizu Joe

Ifeizu is a seasoned journalist and Managing Editor of TheRazor. He has wide knowledge of Anambra State and has reported the state objectively for over a decade.

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