NUPENG Wants Govt. To Tackle Unemployment To Curb Crime

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
May 7th, 2014

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) on Wednesday said that the Federal Government would curb crime if it addressed unemployment issues in the country.
This is contained in a statement in Lagos by the President of the Union, Mr Igwe Achese.
The statement expressed concern about the alarming rate of unemployment and described the development as “the major cause of the growing insecurity and high crime wave in the country”.
It added that the worsening state of unemployment was a time-bomb, waiting to explode if not checked on time.
The current wave of violence in the northern part of the country, kidnappings in the south are a result of unemployment in the land,” the statement said.
It urged the Federal Government to partner with the private sector to open up the economy adding that this could be achieved through re-industrialisation.
On power supply, the statement urged the government to make the power sector to work so that reliance on electricity generators to drive the economy would be drastically reduced.
It also expressed optimism that stable power supply would enable small scale or cottage industries to thrive.
The statement urged the government to develop rural areas to reduce the rural-urban drift adding that it would go a long way to help to decongest the urban cities.

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