A group known as The Advocacy for Job Creation (A4JC) has come out to declare that 2023 election must be driven by issues of job creation and only candidates who can create jobs as well as create the favorable conditions for businesses to emerge and thrive.
Speaking at a Press Conference in Enugu, the lead partner of the group, Daniel Nnaji said that it is time for real issues to drive Elections in Nigeria. He said that the group has been monitoring unemployment statistics and policies of different governments on job creation. He lamented that the government has performed woefully as unemployment rate continues to skyrocket and more businesses struggle or close shop.
He added that in the coming weeks, the group will release a “Name and Shame” list where they will publish the names of political office holders that have contributed to this unemployment crises in Nigeria.
Mr Nnadozie Kanu, added that the group is serious about mobilizing the millions of unemployed and underemployed youths into voting only for candidates that have the capacity to create jobs.
When asked about what the group will do about elites, godfathers and power brokers who decide who becomes what in the country, one of the group’s spokesperson, Mr. Caleb Onyeabor, replied that ” It will not be business as usual come 2023. People don’t need rice no more. People don’t need 500 naira and 1000 naira for 4 years. People are angry. What they need is jobs, jobs and more jobs, adding that the group represents millions of unemployed and underemployed youths whose votes will determine wins or loses and they are ready to mobilize themselves to ensure that the right candidates emerge.
“If the godfathers and elites want to continue imposing incapable candidates, they are calling for problems and we will give them that problem. We are ready to give them that problem. The youths affected are a force to reckon with and we will see that play in the elections”, Caleb added.