Unemployment in Nigeria: The Ticking Time Bomb | Updated

Filed in Education by on July 27, 2020

Unemployment in Nigeria: The Ticking Time Bomb | Updated.

If the immigration recruitment in 2014 and its attendant tragedy were a bad food with sour taste, the ongoing police recruitment has so far proved to be a wrong recipe that may end up as food poisoning if appropriate caution is not taken immediately and effectively. Details below.

Unemployment in Nigeria: The Ticking Time Bomb

In a guarded move, the Nigerian Navy has denied its taste bud of that bitter pill waiting to be flushed down its throat as it has suspended its appetite and deferred the evil day.

The reality of unemployment has been reverberated in recent recruitments by various agencies of the Federal Government. Over 300,000 applicants had indicated interest for 3,000 vacancies in the Navy.  The police website crashed in less than 24 hours due to heavy traffic of applicants; and in three weeks, there are already over 700,000 applicants for 10,000 officers that are to be recruited to join the Nigeria Police.

In all these, one thing is loud, echoing across the land and seeking for urgent attention of the discernible: the rate of unemployment has reached a frightening proportion requiring urgent attention.

Although unemployment is a global phenomenon, the Nigerian situation is critical and calls for an urgent attention. Every year our universities continue to churn out graduates (both employable and unemployable) into already saturated labour market.

School leavers and drop-outs throng the streets in search of daily living.  In a bid to weather the storm in the ailing economy, companies are forced to retrench and downsize, hence, workers that were once gainfully employed have been thrown back into the labour market in search of jobs that are not available.

The menace of unemployment keeps staring us in the face as a nation. It has become a vigorous threat to our corporate existence, as well as our growth and development as a people, yet we seem to dodge the reality of its consequences.

The greatest assets of any country are its human resources. Sadly, many of our agile, able-bodied young men and women have been enrolled in social vices, having been denied of any meaningful venture to keep body and soul together.

Culled from Punch Newspaper

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