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New Approach, Not Mere Rhetoric Suggestion to Address Nation’s Challenges—Cleric

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‘Sakin Babalola, Ibadan

An Islamic Movement, Shafaudeen Brothers Daawah has held its annual week in Ibadan with a call on the Federal, state governments and the youths to adopt a realistic approach to address the nation’s problems rather than mere rhetoric suggestions at all times.

Speaking at the International Headquarters of Shafaudeen in Islam Worldwide, Wakajaye area Ibadan, Oyo State on “Empowerment Strategy amidst Unemployment: the Challenges of the Youth”, Professor Sabit Ariyo Olagoke decried the unemployment rate in the country and its adverse effects on all sectors.

Olagoke who is the Founder of Shafaudeen Mission said “nations that fail to address issues of youth development in their policy plans and programmes will ever create state of restiveness, violence and insecurity”

He observed that the mono economy of oil with attendant corrupt enrichment of cabal, cartel and kleptocrats coupled with global fall of oil price at the international  market, has aggravated the state of unemployment and underfunding of projects -basic and capital, to the detriment of our human development Index.

Olagoke, a Justice of Peace recommended that “government should work closely with the private sector to promote internship, graduate training programmes and community based projects that create jobs for the youths.

“Agriculture must be made attractive to the young ones spanning from subsistence to commercialized farming with better packaging.Rural education must be given a boost opportunities and reduce rural-urban migration and its associated challenges”he added

Fielding questions from journalists after the lecture, the advocate of equal educational rights for both male and female children condemned early marriage for female children as happened recently in Katsina state where a- 14 year- old girl was forcibly married to a monarch without the consent of her parents  stressing  that it was against the injunction of Islam.

He disclosed that he has consistently been speaking in favour of giving quality education for female children whether formal or informal in order to make them useful to themselves, their society and the nation respectively.

Olagoke who is also Chairman Ajagun Esin Consultative Forum recommended that Law Makers should legislate against early marriage for female children adding “such will help and guarantee social, medical and economic development of the girl-child”

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