ECOWAS summit Youth unemployment is a potential threat to peace - Prez Mahama

President John Mahama has called on all African leaders to address the youth unemployment in Africa.

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President John Mahama and leaders in the sub-region

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President John Dramani Mahama has charged the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to address the teeming youth unemployment in their respective countries and the sub-region as a whole.

Speaking at the 47th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and government, he said the growing unemployment among the youth is a potential threat to the peace and tranquility of the region.

“I believe that one of the major challenges facing our sub region  and not only our sub region but indeed  the whole of the world is the issue of youth and jobs and it is my hope that the ECOWAS Commission will take up this issue as an issue for discussion because the challenge for job creation for young people is going to be a challenge that faces every single country in our sub region.

“It is a situation that faces even the developed countries and especially for Africa considering that we have the fastest growing youth,” he said.

“And it is my hope that the ECOWAS commission will take up this issue for discussions because the challenge of job creation is a challenge that faces every single one of us and the rest of the world,” he noted.

He added that "Especially for Africa, considering the fact that we have the fastest growing youth population; young people are coming out of school at every level of the educational system in the hope of finding jobs, it’s going to be a major hurdle for us.

“I believe that special attention must be paid to this particular problem. The Youth bulge is both an advantage to our continent and also a danger if we are not able to handle it in terms of creating jobs for them”.

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