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Obasanjo tutors govt on converting robust population into asset

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The former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has said political will and action are key to facing off the unending unemployment challenges rocking the country.

The former head of State asserted that the population of  Nigeria can be transformed into an asset.

He made the statement during his speech on Friday at the Oyewusi Ibidapo-Obe symposium in Lagos.

The two-time president stressed worries over the country’s increasing population, especially among the unemployed youth.

Obasanjo noted that owing to unemployment and the inability to manage the country’s robust population a lot of young people have indulged in violent groups and kidnap gangs.

In his words, “First cluster of questions are: How are we going to feed this growing population? How are we going to house them, educate them — provided we have security and other variants of security?

his statement continued: “The second cluster of questions are: How do we keep this large keg of a large army of unemployed youths from exploding? How do we keep them from enlisting in violent groups and gangs of kidnappers?

“A not-well managed cluster of the population is frightening.

“There appears to be a solution. Political will and political action can make the population an asset. This is the master key. The key has the will and the action. It is not enough to shout political will in mere political rhetoric.”

OBJ further stated there was an index that countries could use to enhance their populations and make them an asset.

“I’m proud to introduce the population and assets responsiveness index, just as UN, AU and other international agencies have established indices for comparing the performance of countries,” he adds.

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