Unemployment is gradually becoming the order of the day in Nigeria as a
result of the quest for white collar jobs. There are over ten million
unemployed graduates roaming the streets, prone to crime almost hopeless. This
demographic finding portends challenges and opportunities. The challenges are
economic and social, both are highly connected. The interactive session and
motivational seminars that attract thousands of participants annually,
cannot solve the teeming problem of illiteracy, despair and unemployment
faced by the average Nigerian youth.
It is also a
known truth that seminars in Nigeria have become abused, over-circulated and
tiring. While the presentation content delivered by our guest speakers are top
notch laced with valid illustration using true life stories of other Nigerians
who have risen above obstacles in our environment to inspire, challenge and
realign the thoughts and aspirations of the participants with lifeâ€™s purpose,
it may achieve some temporary result emanating from passion and motivation but
the question then becomes, after that one day seminar, Whatâ€™s next?
In todayâ€™s world, to get a job to access opportunities, KNOWLEDGE IS NOT
ENOUGH SKILL IS THE KING. There is no issue that should be addressed as a
matter of urgent national importance towards development other than that of
skill acquisition, considering the current failure of our basic education to
yield the expected positive results. This has led great consequences such as
armed robbery, militancy, kidnapping and a host of others.
Each year, only 40,000 out of the 400,000 Nigerians graduates who passed
out of NYSC scheme get jobs. Furthermore, only 20percent of 40,000 graduate who
get employed are in a desired place of work. These are clear indications that
the employment capacity of the country is inversely proportional to available
job seekers. The employing capacities of multi-nationals (which are the dreams
of young job seeking graduates) that service millions of Nigerians are
How do we as a nation, seeking a future for their great country of ours,
tackle the challenges of astronomic rate of unemployment being faced by the
youth? How can our youths grow from more jobs seekers to flourishing
entrepreneurs? The answer is not far-fetched KNOWLEDGE IS NOT ENOUGH SKILL IS
THE KING. Nations like china,
India, japan, North Korea, have massively invested in human capacity
development which has led to tremendous economic growth in their various nation
for instance, china is known to be the worldâ€™s fastest growing major economy,
the largest exporter of goods and largest manufacturing economy in the world.
This feet was achieved due to the introduction of vocational skills to cater
for the ever growing population which is set at above 1billion people.
Furthermore, it is a known fact that people who have vocational skills earn