The Borno State Governor, Prof Babagana Umara Zulum, has lamented the high level of joblessness among youths in the state, seeking a partnership with Alumni of Barewa college Zaria to create more jobs.
The governor was speaking when the leadership of Barewa College Old Boys Association (BOBA) paid him a courtesy call at the government house, Maiduguri.
While saying the availability of jobs for youths would help to tackle insecurity in northern Nigeria, Zulum said he would leverage the experiences of the executive members of the association, who are eminent personalities in Nigeria, to reach out to other leaders in their respective states.
“I want to partner with you to see how we can develop our educational system, and see how we can do advocacy in this part of the country on job creation.
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“We have to create jobs, it is one of our main problems.
“We have abundant land, rainfall is not a listing factor but again, over 70 per cent of our youths are jobless,” he said.
He said the problem of Boko haram being faced in Borno and other criminal activities in some parts of the nation were a result of self-inflicted poverty.
Earlier, the National President of BOBA, Engr Dahiru Ibrahim, said they were in Borno State to conduct their annual lecture.