Bare days to the general election, youth representatives of the two main political parties, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), were chosen to participate in Rubbin’ Minds’ Youth Debate to defend their party’s manifestoes.
In one of the segments, a spokesperson for the PDP, Mr Demola Rewaju, said the ruling Party’s promises remain as phantasmagorical as they were four years ago.
On the issue of jobs and unemployment, Rewaju said there are 21 million Nigerians currently unemployed. He said the figure is the highest in the nation’s history.
In rebuttal, Mr Ikem Isiekwena of the APC said it is false that 21 million people are unemployed.
Faulting the figures reeled out by his counterpart, the APC spokesperson said the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics does not collate absolute numbers of those who are unemployed.
He however noted that over 500,000 jobs were gained in the last quarter. He also said that more jobs have been created by the APC in the last 4 years than was created under the PDP in 16 years.
Isiekwena argued that the reason unemployment remains an issue is because of the high birth rate in the country.
The APC spokesman said the Buhari-led government has created at least 500,000 job opportunities for young people in every local government.
There were other segments in which other spokespersons of the APC and PDP debated very critical issues as they affect Nigeria.
Some of the other major talking points within the course of the debate were on the issues of security, health, education, Infrastructure and the economy.