Checking unemployment in Nigeria

The unemployment question in this country has become an emergency ailment, requiring a surgical operation. Whatever is being done is just a drop in the mighty ocean. The governments are at their wits end about this nagging and collosal problem.

First, this problem needs to be well-defined, articulated and brought to the front burner for all hands to be on deck about it.

At the moment it is being treated like virtually a non-issue and something that time will take care of or a problem that will solve itself.

Being a problem that grows with time, we know it can grow so much that it can consume the country and everything in it. If this sounds alarming, it is perfectly in order. And it is how we intend to sound.

Hardly a day passes without the mass media postulating on the solutions to unemployment. But there is no responsible reaction to this by any level of government in the country. They stay stiff, unconcerned and adamant to the dangerous phenomenon and pretend that it does not exist. If this is their judgment of the situation then we are disappointed. How does un-employment arise in an economy that is racking in a lot of money from the easy sale of oil? It means that the country’s huge financial resources are going into useless things, if the money cannot to be spent in making its people employable and providing favourable conditions for job creation.

What the high un-employment level in a rich country like Nigeria proves is that the country is not capable of giving its people necessary skills and competence to work and earn a living. It also means that the country prefers to have its population idle and unproductive. Who does this in modern times?

The statistical size of the population in question is staggering and people are not comfortable going into that.

All we can say is that something must be done about un­employment now that the resources are presumably there to deal with it.

We call for a legislation that will take a holistic view of the largest picture of the festering problem and prescribing a workable solution.

The   solution   we   envisage   must   review   the   content   of the country’s educational industry to see whether what it produces are what is demanded by the labour market. Any disparity in this must be corrected.

In   this   era   of   national   dialogue, we must admit that unemployment is so large and delicate an issue that warrants a mention at the ongoing national conference too. It is not going to be easy and funny when the temper of jobless people runs high and their patience run out.

We warn that the problem can get out of hand. If people are employed, productivity in the country will increase by leaps and bounds and life will be better for all.



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