Kalu Wants Pay For Unemployed Graduates



kalu  700The danger posed by thousands of idle graduates was once again highlighted on Thursday by former Abia State Governor, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu as he urged government to place them on monthly stipend.
Kalu said, “Graduate unemployment has reached an emergency situation. Something has to be done fast to save our nation. For starters, I do not think paying them some allowance, no matter how little, would cripple the economy”. He drew attention to the multitude of graduates involved in criminal activities, blaming it on their inability to make ends meet even after securing degrees. “Hard times have forced many young men and women to carry weapons. The society sees them as kidnappers and armed robbers. Ironically, theirs is a different opinion. These graduates feel they are Militants, Liberators and even Revolutionaries, “the ex-Governor added.
According to Kalu,”We should not allow the situation to ruin us all. Most Revolutionaries in the past were graduates. Vladimir Lenin who led the Bolsheviks in Russia in 1917 was a lawyer. Mao Zedung of China attended university. Cuba’s Fidel Castro is also a lawyer. His buddy, Ernesto Che Guevara who was executed in Bolivia in1967, was an Argentine medical doctor.”
As a way out, Kalu said, “something close to the post -World War Marshall plan has to be adopted. George Marshall was US Army Chief during the Second World War, yet as Secretary of State after the crisis, he felt the best way to guarantee global peace was to reconstruct Europe, especially the war ravaged countries. Government should learn from that the best way to keep young graduates away from crime is to offer the man alternative.”

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