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Minister of Sports solicits unemployment benefits for youths


The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, says there is a need for the country to have an unemployment benefits scheme for unemployed youths.

Dare made the call at the Annual Ministerial Dialogue on National Social Register (NSR) organized by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development on Tuesday in Abuja.

The unemployment benefits will provide the youths with temporary income that helps them pay expenses pending when they get a stable job.

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According to him, there is no country in the world that does not face the challenges of poverty and humanitarian crisis.

“One of the greatest challenges we are facing in helping the youth in this country is to match their skills with jobs.

“This country needs an unemployment benefit for the unemployed youths. They form the largest group in the database of the country.

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“What the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs is doing is commendable. Thus there is a need for effective collaboration to have unemployment benefits for the youths like is done in the UK,” Dare said.

He stressed that the NSR was a template that could be used to move the country forward.

He maintained that the NSR would go a long way in helping the ministry and others to achieve their mandates.

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According to reports that the National Social Safety-Nets Coordination Office and the Ministry of Humanitarian plans to capture 20 million vulnerable Nigerians to add to the already 26.8 million in the NSR.