The Nasarawa State governorship candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, Abdullahi Maidoya, stated that the state has the highest number of unemployed youths in the country, adding that this has contributed to insecurity.
He said if urgent steps were not taken to provide jobs for the youths, it could make the state completely unsafe for its residents and investors.
Maidoya said this during a media dialogue held at the Nigeria Union of Journalists press centre in Lafia on Monday.
He chided Governor Abdullahi Sule and the All Progressives Congress for failing to provide opportunities for the youths.
The NNPP governorship candidate said in 2023, the state needed a change of leadership to experience rapid growth and development across its 13 Local Government Areas.
In his words:
“Among the 36 states in the country, Nasarawa state has the highest number of unemployed youths and these are the people who mostly contribute to the insecurity we are experiencing in the state.
“Having these large number of unemployed youths mean that we are sitting on a time bomb because they have to eat and solve other financial issues.
“If I am elected as governor in 2023, I will build industries where many of our youths will be gainfully employed.”