The year 2016 has been taunted by some optimists, as a watershed in the Nigerian Economy due to the new Government’s resolve to create over 2m jobs in the next 4 years.
The Nigerian Youth, over the years has been maligned into chasing several less lucrative options in pursuit of their dreams. Firstly. we all need to understand that the dreams of the average Nigerian Youth are relative to the opportunities that face them on a regular basis. As a recruiter, I noted that the average young graduate wants to engage in just “any job” as far as it pays money and it makes him/her busy. This now leads to a big question, HOW ARE JOBS CREATED?
According to the just presented budget for 2016, Capital expenditures stands at 3.8 Trillion Naira , which means a lot of funds will be channeled into Infrastructural development, Mining and Power generation which sounds like music to the ears of graduates in Engineering, Mining and Geological Sciences. At this point, more efforts need to be made by the Government to discourage the excessive influx of of foreigners termed as expatriate workers in order to win the war against lowered per capita income among the citizenry. This also brings to mind the need to for Government to sort out the need of the NLC in order for Peace to reign and for Productivity to prevail.
In the year 2016, we expect the creation of Quality Jobs along the lines of these industries, not also forgeting the Government’s resolve to create additional 500,000 teaching jobs before the end of the year 2016. However, I view this move by the Govt with a lot of skeptimism and Chagrin because at this time and age, Teaching should not be viewed as “just any other job” out there that can be picked by never do wells. A lot has to be done to ensure that those to be considered for this job are the “elite crop” of performing graduates in their respective fields of training. Proper professional certificates must be issued by the National Teachers Institute to ensure they chose to stay on the long term and adequate promotion structure must be put in place for them.
The readiness of the Government to also open up the SME structure to young graduates will not only increase their potential, it will boost the country’s capacity in terms of production especially in the Agricultural sector.
At this point, where do Human Resources Professionals play their role? This is a point at which a comprehensive database of graduates (both in the Private & Public Universities) has to be acquired yearly by the Ministry of Labour & Productivity to ensure they are properly placed in the careers of their choices and not just placed on any job. in the coming year, VGS Recruitment Solutions will be coming out with a novel product to administer test on fresh graduates on their proposed career path in order to help them make quality decisions on their future. We believe building the capacity of the Nigerian Youth is a necessary step that needs to be taken towards a successful Nation Building.
God bless the Nigerian Youth!
God bless Nigeria.