The Vice-Chancellor of Joseph Ayo Babalola University (JABU), Ikeji Arakeji, Osun State, Prof. Sola Fajana, has said that the reason unemployment, inequality and corruption have become the order of the day in Nigeria is because the nation has become a country of impunity and a jungle where anything goes.
Speaking on the topic “Employability in Nigeria: Challenges and Solutions” last Thursday (February 15, 2018), at the first Student Conference organised by the Department of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management, University of Ilorin, Prof. Fajana said that corruption has grossly hampered the growth and development in the country, thereby giving birth to many social problems including unemployment.
He said so many jobs are potentially killing in every sector of the economy due to the ineptitude of those at the corridor of powers to diversify the economy and lead the country to the Promised Land.
The JABU boss expressed dissatisfaction over the issue of teeming unemployed youth in the country, pointing out that if Nigerian leaders retrace their steps and get it right, the issue of the high rate of unemployment and other related menace would become things of the past.
Prof. Fajana gave assurance that conscious efforts with objective mindset on diversification will not only boost the country’s economy but also open more job opportunities for the vast majority of its youths.
He pointed out that the rising wave of graduate unemployment in Nigeria is attributable to lack of political will on the part of government, tertiary institutions’ misplacement of priority and some graduates’ myopic thinking on white collar jobs.
Prof. Fajana said that Nigeria has a compounded graduate employment and employability situation, saying that all hands must be on deck to address the menace for the progress and development of the country.
He warned that if the menace of unemployment is not nipped in the bud, it could degenerate into a crime that would snowball into a serious threat to the peace and social cohesion of the country.
The Guest Speaker, therefore, called for higher education institutions and Public-Private Partnership as a way of giving window of opportunity for entrepreneurial skills for students of tertiary institutions.
He advised Nigerian graduates to develop the right attitude that will make them to be employable, saying that out of every 1,000 graduate applicants, hardly can we find one that has the appropriate skills to be employed in industry.
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Earlier in his address, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, who was represented on the occasion by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), Prof. N. Y. S. Ijaiya, described the conference as very apt and focused especially at this time when the white collar job is not easy to come by.
In his welcome address, the Ag. Head of the Department of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management, Dr I. B. Kadiri, said that the essence of the conference was to educate and enlighten his students on the need to become self sufficient rather than job seekers after their graduation.