Mr. Emmanuel Dei-Tumi, Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation for Future Leaders International (FFLI), has attributed the high unemployment rate of 18.1 per cent in West Africa to the low levels of education.
The Foundation for Future Leaders International is a non-profit youth development and advocacy oriented organization.
He was speaking at the closing ceremony of a 2-day dialogue of stakeholders on the theme “Youth Employment; Discussing the implementation and strategies to address youth unemployment in West Africa”, Thursday in Accra.
Mr. Dei-Tumi in his address noted that the dialogue explored the role of the private sector in the implementation of youth policy frameworks and strategies.
In a speech read on his behalf, Mr. Abduolie Janneh , Executive Secretary, United Nation Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), said young people needed to be equipped with scientific, technical knowledge and skills to enable them become entrepreneurs and productive in rising sectors such as telecommunications, manufacturing and agriculture industries.
He said youth employment schemes which focused on public work programmes did not address the issue since they were not sustainable in the long run.
“This also points to the importance of well-structured and carefully calibrated forums to enable Africa’s youth to convey their aspiration”, he added.
He commended the activities of the FFLI and said such private sector activities were pointers to what was possible if more came together to critically address issues pertaining Africa’s youth for their inevitable destiny as leaders of the continent.
He reiterated that the unemployment challenge before the country and sub-region was critical which required contribution of all stakeholders.
He further assured the participants that the ECA would continue to work closely with its partners and all relevant stakeholders including the organizers of the conference to achieve their collective aspirations.