Moving around Nigeria has opened my eyes to different sentiment and seriousness of leadership in various places I have lived. One undisputed fact is that unemployment is very high in Nigeria. How do we create job to keep our youth engaged?
Our education system make employee out of anyone that passes through it instead of breeding entrepreneur. National Youth Service Corps, NYSC has two to three batches of legion of corper coming into labour market. Greater number of which has no guarrantee of securing job.
Internet has created ample enterpreneurship opportunities but yet to be tapped into by the majority of our youth who thinks internet is just to socialize.
Gone are the days when we have technical schools. We hear of public and private partnership policy that only consider large scale industries many of which have closed down. The policy seem to have completely neglected the partnership with small scale concerns.
The small scale industries is the bedrock of industrialization in a developing economy like ours. The federal government need to get it right that small scale is the greater option of industrialising Nigeria. Small and Medium industries, SMI have capacity to create job in any economy.
Many nigerians doesn’t have patience of going through productive ventures. So they resolved to buying and selling. Nigeria enviroment is naturally difficult to making success out of productive ventures, everyone looks out for the quickest way to requip the return on investment. For several years now large scale industries have continue to close down. Examples are Dunlop Tyres, Michelin Tyres and pocket of textile industries in the far north.
When we talk about empowement, politiicisation and greed had made nonsense of the policy. As it’s used to be! A young man or woman is enrolled as an apprentice for six month or a year, after which a machine or two, a small generator and some other small items like scissors etc are provided to the trainee graduate. But many times , in a short while, those things are sold out. The reasons for that are many, among, eagerness to make quick money, the knowledge is for service, not for manufacturing, half of the fund for such empowerment would have been embezelled.
What do we need to do?
Government should now focus on those who have put sustantial time to their vocation. Probably create a bureau or a center. Those who have put ten or more years in their vocation should be asked to bring what they have on the table.
After thorough examination, such people should be given adequate assistance in finance and marketing and to aid their gradual expansion from one level to the other.