By Nwaorgu Faustinus
Unemployment can be defined as state of being jobless. An unemployed person is one who is searching for job, ready and available to work, but cannot find it.
Nigeria is not the only country grappling with the challenges of
unemployment particularly among her teeming youths and graduates, other countries both third world, developing and advanced are as well in this boat as she is. In Nigeria, the situation has led to the establishment of such bodies as; National Poverty Eradication
Programme (NAPEP), National Directorate of Employment and others. As sound as these bodies’ policies and programmes are, not much has been achieved in terms of comprehensive and exhaustive job creation and employment.
It is no longer uncommon to see unemployed persons besieging cyber
cafes in search of job opportunity on the internet. Some who do not
have the financial muscle to spend hours at the café, trek kilometres
of road visiting government owned and private organizations with their
hand written application letters and qualification for enquiries for
available employment opportunities, all to no avail.
In the same vein, those who have exposed themselves to series of
interviews with assurances from their interviewers that they would be
contacted in no distant time have continued to wait in vain. It is
even more disheartening for one to pass an interview, whether it is
written or oral and to discover that one’s position has been taken by
another person. This circumstance is the lots of many job seekers who
do not have connection with “the powers that be” in an organization be
it public or private. It is at this point that a few job seekers view
their chances of securing employment as “bleak”, then frustration and
despondency will set in. It is also at this point that negative
thoughts will infiltrate their minds.
Many a job seeker may know how some purported paramilitary recruits
who gained employment in the time past or recently were able to make
it. Applicants who paid allegedly N150,
000 – N300, 000 to some top paramilitary officers are counting their
losses. This is because the top paramilitary agents were not able to
pull a string on their behalf. It was purportedly ministers’ and other
top ranking politicians’ candidates whose names were short listed for
training. The alleged payment of thousands of naira in Delta State
recently by job seekers in the state to secure employment which is
under investigation demonstrate the bleak chance indigent job hunters
have and the extent bribery and corruption has enveloped Nigeria.
In a circumstance of this nature, what becomes the future and fate of
indigent applicants who do not know or have connection with a minister
or a strong politician who can wield enormous influence for them? Only
Consequently many job seekers, who cannot bear the pangs of poverty
and hunger, after fruitless years of job hunt, become ready tools in
the hands of politicians who equip them with guns and use same to
perpetrate crime during political campaigns and elections to actualize
their paymaster’s selfish political ambition.
I still recall how some alleged state government called on people whom
guns were given to, to return them after 1999 and 2003 elections were
over. But were the guns returned? Your guess is good as mine. Such
guns no doubt have found their way into the hands of those who ought
not to have them. What more? They use guns to rob, kidnap and
The rate of crime which is on the increase can be attributed to
joblessness among other factors. One who has been privy to the
confessions of armed robbers will concur with me that majority of them
are driven into life of crime because of not having anything to do. It
is high time the powers that be; politicians, ministers and bosses of
both public and private organizations stopped using their position to
favour the employment of those who grease their palms, close
relations, political associates’ friend or children etc. to the
detriment of people who merited to occupy such positions base on merit
and ability to contribute meaningfully to growth of the organization.
They should employ those who did excellently well in both their
written and oral interviews.
The creation of employment opportunities should not be left in the
hands of government only; the private sector should also take part in
reducing the rate of unemployment by investing in key sectors of the
The likes of Alhaji Alinko Dangote, Mike Adenuga, Alhaji Atiku
Abubakar, Orji Uzor Kalu, Prince Tonye Princewill and others too many
to mention that have contributed in no mean measure towards employing
a lot of graduates through various investment ideas should be emulated
by others who have the financial clout to setup private companies that
will serve as avenue for the creation of more jobs for the unemployed.
It is when this is done that crime associated with joblessness will be reduced.
Nwaorgu Faustinus wrote in from Port Harcourt