Hurray! Social Security For The Unemployed With Sunny Igboanugo The big news now is that our government has finally gotten round to the issue of the unemployed, one of the critical problems of our social structure. Media reports had it at the weekend that the Federal Government is making a robust social security arrangement that would take care of the unemployed in the country. Quoting the Minister of Labour, Adetokumbo Kayode, at inauguration of the National Working Committee on Social Security Policy for Nigeria headed by former Head of State, Dr. Yakubu Gowon, the report said the Federal Government was aiming, at capturing the informal sector, through the new policy. One of the major troubling ironies of Nigeria, in situating the relationship between the leadership and the led, is the apparent reluctance of our leaders replicating the examples they have seen elsewhere, back home. Most Nigerian leaders, either lived abroad for a long time or are regular visitors and, therefore, home to the way policies and programmes aimed at making life meaningful for the people are not only put in place, but work perfectly in those climes, only to come back home and to be part of the endless rot. There is indeed no telling that our leaders are not blind to how the poor in these societies are cared for, but have even become beneficiaries themselves. Perhaps, it would be difficult, yet, to ascertain why the government has decided to take its present action. Perhaps, those influencing things in Abuja are beginning to feel the pinch of the social vices, such as high-level crimes, which have their roots in the millions of the unemployed in the society, especially the youth. It may even be possible that the recent Federal Government's decision to withdraw policemen from unauthorised persons has suddenly jolted them to the clear danger to which they have become exposed, hence they must have started piling up pressure for the authorities to do something before they are finally consumed also, by the dangerous whirlwind that has snuffed life out of many. It may also be that this is all politics, especially now that in words and body language, politicians are speaking 2011. Whichever, we may never know until the time comes. But for now, this sounds like sweet music to our ears. For it assures that we are still with our sense of values. What a big relief!