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Submitted by Mathias Amgbah on

Very interesting piece and i agree on anumber of issues.Firstly for the lower income 40% of youths it is fact that the informal sector is part of the solution.
Take for instance in Nigeria where the agricultural sector has become a focus on creating jobs and most importantly entrepreneurs who can in turn employ more people and fill up the vacuum in the value chain.Recently we have initiated a concept called Corporate Farmers TV reality show which intends to educate young people on the benefits of Agriculture as a full time business fusing it with entertainment to attract the youth while teaching them the rudiments of agric thus we term it #Agrotainment.Organisations such as the IITA,Min of Agric Nigeria and recently Cross River State is set to host the show for the first season with opportunities still open for othe International bodies to partner.
In terms of local governments involvement especially in the area of skill acquisition partnerships have begun to see the establishment of skill centres in local government areas with collaborations from Senate and House of Reps members who are establishing same as constituency projects.
We also have a sports club called Eastside Sports club that is organising ward games in a local government to engage people while spreading the message of the need for peaceful dialogue,participation in politics,entrepreneurship and also tackle social vices such as drug abuse and HIV.
Lastly i agree with you that interventions owned by young people should be supported to empower them as this will create a positive ripple effect on job creation.The problem with some of the programs such as the CBN entrepreneurial centre established in Calabar,Nigeria is after the trainings most youth cannot access funding to execute and implement their business plans.Once the issue of credit can be properly sorted then we would have less people off the streets fulfilling their dreams.While we continuously work out solutions to this global youth problem i believe that in CrossRiver State Nigeria we are setting standards that with more support from organisations such as the World Bank our projects can be replicated in other countries for future global benefits.