The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) has tasked President Muhammadu Buhari and the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar on sectors to focus on ahead of the 2019 elections.
President of ASCSN, Comrade Bobboi Kaigama during the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the Union held in Abuja on Monday urged presidential candidates to focus on job creation, and reduction of poverty and unemployment.
He noted that the negative trajectory of the country has led to high level of unemployment and increased crime rate, hence, reason for government to shift its direction.
According to him, “We seem to have lost so many years as we keep on wobbling and fumbling with recent statistics indicating that Nigeria is at the bottom of the table in terms of Human Development index.
“It is apt to note that this negative trajectory of the country has led to high level of unemployment, especially among the youth, leading largely to excruciating poverty and deteriorating standard of living.
“The end results of this ugly scenario are explosion in violent conflicts, militancy, insurgency, armed robbery and kidnapping, all of which have assumed worrisome dimensions in intensity and magnitude.
“Economic diversification holds the key to the emergence of a robust economy capable of creating jobs and reducing poverty and unemployment.
“Government at all levels to articulate and implement an economic blueprint for the diversification of the economy by leveraging sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing, hospitality, tourism and ICT to boost productive activities and revenue generation and thereby reduce insecurity.”
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