Nigeria has revealed plans to train 10,000 youths a year to work in the Delta region in an attempt to stop them attacking and stealing oil from pipelines, reports have revealed.
According to Reuters, the minister for the Niger Delta, Usani Uguru Usani said, the government plans to build nine vocational centres and “Between 5,000 and 10,000 will be trained yearly”.
The programme is expected to curb the attacks on oil and gas facilities and the education centres will train the youths in leather goods manufacturing, mobile phone assembly and e-commerce, Usani told Reuters.
Nigeria has been grappling with a plethora of problems affecting its youths. The country has a high youth unemployment rate, which can provide a fertile breeding ground for militants and gangs involved in oil attacks.
Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram has in the past used prevailing economic hardships around the areas they operate in to recruit new members.
Unemployed and disgruntled youths are sometimes compelled to join terrorist groups and militant gangs because of lack of jobs and difficult economic conditions.