Senior Special Assistant to Delta state Governor on peace building and security, Comrade Daniel Ezekiel has called on private organizations operating in the country to assist government in tackling youth restiveness through job creation.
The SSA made the call when he visited Chevron Nigeria Limited in its Warri office on Tuesday.
Comr. Ezekiel noted that efforts by private sector towards creating jobs especially multinational companies will go a long way in relieving governments at all levels of burden of creating job opportunities for youths roaming the streets.
He described as alarming, the rate at which youths throng into the labour market yet could not find job to do, saying that such matters are of great concern to His Excellency , Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa , reason he made various skill aquisition programs primarily targeting the youths in his SMART agenda.
Ezekiel however noted that the SMART agenda will not have a maximum impact if multinational companies fail in their duty to partner with government through social corporate responsibility.
He maintained that unemployment among the youths population is a time bomb, saying that all hands must be on deck to detonate it through positive means that will take their minds away from criminal acts.
While commending Chevron for its efforts in tackling youth restiveness through various schemes, he called on them to do more especially in the area of engagement of host communities.
In his reaction, the company’s Warri area manager Mr. Sam thanked the SSA for his visit, noting that such effort aimed at establishing a good working relationship with Chevron is commendable.
He told the SSA that Chevron has been engaging in so many empowerment process aimed at assisting the host communities through the Global memorandum of understanding (GMOU) and has equally been providing job opportunities for youths through communities elected representatives.
In his own submission, the head of security department, Mr. Umoh explained to the visiting SSA some of the security challenges facing the Company and how SSA could use his office to tackle them.