Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has advocated for the enactment of population law as a solution to reducing the worrisome spate of youth unemployment across the country.
Governor Akeredolu made the call while speaking at the ‘Summit On Youth Unemployment, #ENDSARS and Aftermath: The way Forward’ held at the International Culture and Event Center (DOME) Akure, the State Capital, on Wednesday, Akeredolu lamented the increasing population rate in the country.
Making reference to China’s population law, he stressed that a nation that has no population law is not prepared for growth and called for a deliberate effort in introducing such law to check population growth in the country.
“We must be able to control our population through population law,” he said.
“We are almost the size of China population. But in China today, there is a law that you can’t have more than one child. We must be deliberate about this population law.”
The Governor further emphasised that the country must chart a new course to address the issue of youth unemployment, explaining that no state government, whether national or sub-national, can employ all the unemployed youths in the country.
He said that the country must also look into the continuous registration and approval of Universities, adding that establishment of technology institutions and trade centers should be encouraged to provide self-sustainable employment for the youths.