The Federal Government has inaugurated the National Employment Council to curb the menace of rising unemployment in the country.
Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, said this while inaugurating the National Employment Council and unveiling the revised National Employment Policy on Thursday in Abuja.
According to Mr. Ngige, there is need for a shift from reactive and temporary measures to curbing the menace of rising unemployment in the country.
“As job creation policies and programme must anticipate future labour market requirements rather than reacting to it.
“In coordinating implementation of strategies to fast-track employment creation, we must bear in mind that such strategies are most likely to be successful.
“That is, if it anticipates future labour market requirement rather than reacting to them.
“We have to move away from past approaches where strategies for employment creation and poverty alleviation were a response to a crisis or a temporary measure to mitigate the impact,” he said.
Mr. Ngige, who noted that unemployment was a global challenge, observed that Nigeria like other nations needed to make concerted efforts towards curbing the menace.
The minister added that the concern is even more urgent due to the association of youth idleness to perennial violent crimes in the different parts of the country which poses a threat to socio-economic stability.