Unemployed?

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At about the age of thirty or thereabout, one is expected to have settled down, having completed ones educational pursuit, find a job get paid, become independent and start up a family.

But the reverse is the case in most of our african context. Education is expensive, as a result one would need all the support he/she could get to be able to go through all the rigours of educational training and expenses that goes with it.

Statistically speaking 6 in every 10 graduates from our higher institutions in Nigeria are unable to secure jobs in more than a year after graduation.

Sometimes living life in my country feels like a waste. Now I can understand the reason why most of the youth in africa seek greener pasture oversea at all cost!

Submitted: June 19, 2007

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Unemployed?

Cry my beloved country? I remember a book going by that name while I was in high school, but the problems in my country(Nigeria) goes beyound this.

At about the age of thirty or thereabout, one is expected to have settled down, having completed ones educational pursuit, find a job get paid, become independent and start up a family.

But the reverse is the case in most of our african context. Education is expensive, as a result one would need all the support he/she could get to be able to go through all the rigours of educational training and expenses that goes with it.

Statistically speaking 6 in every 10 graduates from our higher institutions in Nigeria are unable to secure jobs in more than a year after graduation.

Sometimes living life in my country feels like a waste. Now I can understand the reason why most of the youth in africa seek greener pasture oversea at all cost!

Is it that the jobs are not there or that the bureaucracy to obtaining it are so great! I have made some reviews of several of the vacancy spaces advertised in my country, and have found that most of the firms are not ready to employ the young graduate. Instead they put so many obtacles to deter the applicant, (e.g the applicant must have several years of working experiences to qualify for such positions advertised). Where does a fresh school leaver obtain such requirements? This calls to mind the question “the chicken or the egg which should come first in prominence?” latter on in some of these cases only for the positions to have been reserved for some persons known or affiliated to some officials of the company.

My country is rich, my country is blessed but majority still live in abject poverty. The pot bellied corrupt government official feeds fat on his loot while the citizens wallow in pain, suffering and poverty.

The judicial process and the rule of law is so weak in my country that most of these currupt people take advantage of it. Murders go on like mysterious scenes in movies. Are the police so naïve that they could not solve these murder cases which in the long run makes one feel puzzled at the capability of the police. Or perhaps simply they are not trained to handle such cases? Umh..
Well the list is growing of unsolved murder cases especially involving politicians. Well if the politician is not safe, if politics is a dangerous hobby, should I consider myself safe being a concerned citizen?

Are we really equal or who is to serve who?
I asked myself this question based on what I saw on a street in my home town sometime ago. It was close to one of these election periods and people were brewing up for the rallies. I saw a fleet of cars all lined up with the vips in them so to speak. Among these cars were hummer jeeps,navigators e.t.c. All these cars were flashy, while the citizens who were expected to vote for them during elections could afford three square meals with difficulty.

When the elections were over, and the winner having been sworn into office the same sight is to be seen. For when they pass you on the street, it is with reckless abandon. They blew sirens that could deafen the ear. They use force to claim their right of way, thus making every other person on the street a second rate citizen.

The rich and corrupt official goes abroad with his loot and he is welcomed with open arms as a vip or his excellency while the poor who wish to seek greener pasture and a better life for himself and his family is labelled as an illegal immigrant and a criminal and possibly deported at the slightest opportunity.

Many corrupt individuals in my country are single handedly richer than my country. They have plunged my country into dubious debt with corrupt foreign officials as allies and now we the common citizens are bearing the brunt of this acts.

It is a common sight for some people seeking public office to promise heaven on earth during electionering campaings but most of our youths are so blind to read between the lines. How can they read meaning to this anyway when ofcourse their reasoning is defective? For instance people reasoned that if a person seeking public office comes from a wealthy family, that the person would not have the intention to embezzle public funds. No reference is made to the character of the person as long as he has some cash to throw around for grasp. Well unfortunately I guess the youth with this school of thoughts have been proven wrong with what has happened in my country during the past few years.

I wish the youth could improve their thinking and logical ability and are able to read between the lines and see what is conceded in the masked called human character.!

 

Why am I writing this? Is it because I am angry, or because I am dissatisfied with life and opportunity in my country or because I am almost 30 and stil dependent on my parents or because I am stil unmarried or because the situation in my country has placed me in the drop-out category educationally or because I am simply unemployed?

 


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