The need for stakeholders in Rivers State to create massive jobs to end the current insecurity and the unending blood-letting in the state, has been seriously stressed.
A top politician and former guber aspirant from the state, Chief Dumo Lulu Briggs, made the call during the weekend, when he spoke with our correspondent at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa.
According to him, only aggressive creation of massive jobs and employment opportunities would be the only way to end the insecurity situation in the state.
He said Rivers State was highly populated and that the absence of adequate job opportunities was the major causes of the unending youth cult oriented clashes and insecurity in the treasure base of the nation.
The state, he presently noted, was passing through hard times, especially in the absence of the booming industries and seaports which it was noted for to provide the needed jobs in the region.
He noted that these industries and seaports became moribund during the wake of the agitations in the Niger Delta region for adequate revenue formula. “Right from that time, no new companies or factories have come into the state and the population explosion is still expanding with more youths being rendered idle. You must remember that an idle man is the devil’s workshop”.
Chief Lulu-Briggs called for urgent attention in the efforts to create jobs in the state because of the increasing number of job seekers being turned out from the various universities in the state for the past ten years without jobs. “Rivers State is one of the states that have the highest number of universities in the country and unless we move fast with the creation of jobs, the situation will surely get worst”.
While answering further question, the politician admitted that the elites in the state, including himself, were equally guilty for the inability to establish industries or attract them to the state. “Yes, I must admit that we, including myself, are guilty for our inability to attract or establish more industries into the state”.
According to him, the current insecurity and youth restiveness were major distractions but that efforts must be made to reinvest in the state.
He advocated for a forum of the elites in the state with like minds to broker a way forward in the creation of jobs via the industrialization of the state. “The governor of the state should set the pace and call for stakeholders forum to work out the modalities on what should be done to save our youths and this great state”, he concluded.