Youth Unemployment Threatens National Security
Governance experts have warned that the growing unemployment rate among Sierra Leonean youths is likely to become a serious national security threat.
They have advised that the menace should be tackled urgently before it is too late as they are a major catalyst for civil unrest in the country.
These experts include researchers, civil society groups, and college administrators who converged at the British Council Auditorium recently during the 37th Inaugural Ceremony of Members of the National Union of Sierra Leone Students.
According to the Commissioner of the National Youth Commission, Mr. Anthony Koroma, the threat is becoming serious, ‘youth unemployment is a major security threat and we should start thinking seriously about what to do’, he said.
He stated that students should engage in courses that will earn them jobs, and one such course he pointed out is extractive mining. He revealed that courses can be offered at the Geology Department at Fourah Bay College (FBC), and IAMTEC, Kissy Dock yard.
Mr. Koroma congratulated the new executive and wished them good luck.
AIG Soluku Conteh who represented the IG spoke mainly on the upcoming November polls, which he assured that the police will ensure are devoid of violence.
He concluded that the idleness of unemployed youths in the country could make them an easy prey for troublemakers, as the November17th general elections approach.
‘’Young people who don’t have a stake in the future would do anything, but young people who have hope would think twice before they accept things, so let us be focused on youth unemployment so that Sierra Leonean youths can live decent lives,” AIG Conteh noted.
The Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) Prof. David S. Koroma explained about the responsibilities of TEC and assured the audience that they will ensure that tertiary institutions and colleges offer quality education.
The outgoing president of NUSS Mr. Suffian Koroma said that one of the saddest moments in the span of any responsible organization is to relinquish positions of trust.
The incoming president of NUSS Mr. Ibrahim Mansaray from FBC thanked all those who supported him one way or the order to attain this position.
Mr. Anthony Navo Jr of African Minerals Limited donated a purse to the Student Union executive.
By Sheikh Sahid
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