Angered by the loss of lives of job seekers in the recent recruitment exercise of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), the Lagos State government has said it would explore options in the entertainment and sports sectors to tackle unemployment in the country.
According to the state Commissioner for Transportation, Kayode Opeifa, who disclosed this at a youth talent hunt programme organised by him in Lagos at the weekend, said: “There is nothing strange in what we are doing . We want to let the world know that we need these youths for future development of the country. Rather than taking them to national stadium to go and kill them because they are looking for jobs.
“Or taking them to somewhere and give them N20,000 to fight constituted authorities like the Lagos Traffic Management Authority ( LASTMA) . We are convinced that if we can develop these potential in them this country will be well for it and the youths will go places .
"We started with about 1000 youths where six champions will emerge. We will follow them up and make sure they become great. We are looking for the state championship for Pad football and start it on an annual basis and get pad football as one of the sporting associations just like the game of chess and scrabble. We are going to raise world pad football champions from Lagos here."
Few weeks ago, thirteen applicants were reported to have lost their lives during stampedes that happened at various Federal Ministry of Immigration recruitment exercise venues across the country.