Nigeria’s burgeoning youth employment is a time-bomb waiting to put the country in ruins, according to a broadcast guru, Dauda Mohammed Chiroma.
Chiroma, who is the General Manager of Albarka Radio, in Bauchi State, at the station’s fourth anniversary lecture, expressed dismay that the future of Nigerian youths who constitute 60 percent of the population is bleak due to absence of meaningful opportunities.
Chiroma, who was speaking on the topic, “Sustainable Career – Path for Nigerian Youths: A Critical Tool for Enduring Nation”, said the ugly development might plunge the country into a more complex crisis that could never be imagined.
He explained that the lecture topic is very pertinent looking into how Nigeria in the last 61 years of her independence is yet to address issues regarding the plight of her youths.
The General Manager expressed gratitude to the Bauchi State government for its patronage of the station’s services, and creating an enabling environment for private businesses to thrive.
Former vice president, ABTI Yola, Prof. Abba Tahir asserted that the success story of the privately owned would not have become a reality without the unflinching support of the state Governor Bala Mohammed.
Prof.Tahir said “For us as a government under the visionary Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, we allow private radio to operate in the state without any interference”.
To this end, he said, two new private radio stations would soon come on air on air in Bauchi attributable to the enabling environment created by the Bala administration to make the industry more lucrative and attractive.
Tahir expressed optimism that the known culture of Albarka radio station for community oriented programmes would be sustained to further cement the bond between the station and listeners which, he said, is critical to its growth and survival, and indeed the people of Bauchi state.
According to him, private radio stations are never enemies to the state government, ‘as it used to be in other places’ born out of the positive perception of the enormous contributions of such stations to the socio-economic and political development of the people.
Prof. Abba Tahir while observing that Albarka radio was lucky to have a pragmatic management team whose sole concern is to propel the station forward, and expressed delight that Albarka has done excellently well in the last four years to its teeming audience.