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Graduates Are Aimlessly Searching For Jobs Not In View – Olanipekun

Former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), has disclosed that the growing rate of unemployment in the country should be a great concern to governments at all levels.

According to reports, Olanipekun, who is also the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of the Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo, made it known that Nigeria appeared not to be bothered by the danger posed by the huge population of unemployed persons in the country.

According to him, “So many graduates are being yearly produced by the 170 universities in Nigeria to join the teeming crowd in the unemployment market, roaming the streets aimlessly and frustratingly searching for jobs which are not in view, and which are not being created or provided by government.”

He noted that, “Yet, governments at all strata in Nigeria surprisingly appear not to be bothered about the dangers latent and inherent in youth unemployment in the country.”

He continued that, “By data released by the National Bureau of Statistics in August 2020, the unemployment rate in Nigeria rose to 27.1% in the second quarter of 2020, translating to an alarming increase from 23.1% in the third quarter of 2018.”

He added that, “The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, also raised the alarm that the unemployment rate in Nigeria would reach a crescendo percentage of 33.5% by the end of 2020.”

He maintained that, “We are inching towards the end of 2021 and any accurate data, honestly and unbiasedly generated, would put the unemployment rate at not less than 40% as at now.”

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