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Predicament Of Nigerian Youths In The Face Of Present Challenges Of Unemployment

Predicament Of Nigerian Youths In The Face Of Present Challenges Of Unemployment

Kehinde Ayeotan

The bitter and devastating experience of unemployed youths in this country had turned many youths into parasites and frustrated human beings who still depend mostly on assistance from friends and family members to survive.
The havoc which the ugly situations had brought to many talented youths in Nigeria had affected them psychologically. Predicament Of Nigerian Youths In The Face Of Present Challenges Of Unemployment

 

Idleness and joblessness have actually made many unemployed graduates be seen in some places where they shouldn’t be seen if they are gainfully engaged in one thing or the other.Predicament Of Nigerian Youths In The Face Of Present Challenges Of Unemployment 

Some graduates, who are supposed to be in their various offices, are being spotted in “paraga joint” in the morning or in newsstands arguing about sports in order to while away time as a result of frustration from unemployment.Predicament Of Nigerian Youths In The Face Of Present Challenges Of Unemployment

 

As a matter of fact, most prisoners are happier and healthier than most unemployed Nigeria youths. In the prisons, the inmates have access to free food which is not available to the unemployed youths who had gone to school to acquire skills and are ready to contribute their quota to harness the country to greater heights. Prisoners have access to free water.

Nearly every prison in Nigeria has a stable water supply. Unfortunately, the unemployed youths who have worked hard in school, food or no food to get a good grade and upon graduation the suffering continues.

All prisoners have access to all the security in this country; policemen, Nigerian soldiers, and the prison warders provide them with adequate security and ensure that the inmates are safe, but the unemployed youths who have served their father’s land with dedication and selflessness under the sun and in the rain have no security, their lives are not been protected.

Many of them died in the struggle looking for jobs like in the case of the stampede during the Nigeria Immigration employment screening exercise in 2014 in which 7 graduates job seekers died at the Abuja national stadium while scrambling to secure a seat for a recruitment test into the Nigeria Immigration Service.

The prisoners have access to free health care scheme, but unemployed youths cannot afford malaria drugs whenever they fall sick as a result of moving about looking for a job when the sun has “cooked” their brains while moving in the scorching sun hunting for a non existing job.

It is generally accepted that prisoners have no freedom of movement but is there any difference between prisoners and unemployed youths who cannot exercise their freedom of movement efficiently because they cannot afford transportation fare?

Apart from the psychological trauma that the unemployed youths are facing, waiting for job and job opportunities had made many of them lost their dignities in the eyes of the society.

They have become “failures” in the sight of their childhood friends and neighbours who cannot use the base of a cylindrical bottle to write a letter.

The youths who are supposed to be leaders of tomorrow who will harness this country to greater heights are now been ridiculed by those who envied them when they were in their citadel of learning.

The unemployed graduates now turned to articles of no commercial values and condemned pipeline vandals, internet fraudsters, commercial sex workers, “snatchers” of ballot boxes and political thugs as if they study “thuggery 101” in their respective higher institutions of learning

The most painful aspect of it, despite all these hardships and frustrations that the unemployed youths are going through, the various institutions where they graduated from are watching,

And many of the institution’s management saw their products moving on the streets with jacket files looking frustrated. They cannot meet with federal or states government or stakeholders to discuss what can be done to the high rate of unemployment among their products.

Recall that some of those institutions are recently alleged of proposing ahead to hike their tuition fees in this “change era” where some families cannot provide feeding, shelters, and clothing for their family which is the basic necessities of life.

Where the hell do these institutions expect those parents of the students get the money from, parents that have not been paid for over 7months or their unemployed graduate’s brothers and sisters who had graduated for many years that supposed to assisted the family but had no job.

To eradicate unemployment among the youths, Nigeria government must be effective in performing their duties, the government should create social-economic environment in the country, the government should also create schools, good amenities, infrastructure and job opportunities in the rural area to avoid rural-urban migration in searching of jobs

As it was stipulated in the Nigeria constitution that education is part of the right of all citizens and not a privilege. Increasing the tuition fees all in the name of the better educational standard will prompt education to be a privilege in which only the rich and the people in a high position will be able to acquire it.

Education is the instrument for acquiring a national development. If the cost of acquiring this instrument is now heavy load on the people in the country, only the wealthy people will scale it, how then will the country move forward? The need for low tuition fees in all the educational sector is very important so that there will be equality of educational acquisition.


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