Youth Unemployment Crisis

In March 2014, the world watched in shock as the desperation among Nigerian’s unemployed college graduates caused a scene of frantic and fatal chaos in the Nigerian capital city of Abuja. In response to an interview invitation by a public department to fill a few job openings, about 56,000 graduates, according to most reports, showed up. In a desperate rush to reach the officials, the mammoth crowd surged into a stampede. In the aftermath, seven people were trampled to death, dozens were wounded and treated in hospitals, and many needed to be hospitalized.

“Youth unemployment and underemployment are among the main barriers to development in West Africa, say experts. Not only does the exclusion of young people from the labor force perpetuate generational cycles of poverty, it also breaks down social cohesion and can be associated with higher levels of crime and violence among idle youth.”

– Diego Rei, Senior Regional Adviser on Youth Employment in Africa

DAKAR, 10 February 2014 (source)

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