Adekunle, Kayode, and Daramola finished from the same high school. Adekunle proceeded to study Law in the university, Kayode studied Metallurgical engineering while Daramola studied Medicine and Surgery. Their idea of higher degrees has always been one that guarantees a stress free life; gives an automatic secured life with class; and also gives the opportunity to join the white collar jobs’ brethren with steady income at the end of every month.
After graduation, they couldn’t set their hands on something in their fields and opted for jobs at their disposal. They later thought of quitting their jobs due to low income and lack of passion for it but in a nation where the unemployment rate grew from 23.9% in 2011 to about 60% in 2013 and with little or no value accorded to our ‘degree certificates’ beyond our border, the possibility of getting a good job is very unlikely unless to trade on a skill they possessed.
The world is groaning with the unemployability nature of most Nigerian youths. Our educational sector is no longer equipping graduates with practical skills that can be traded on but rather keeps over emphasising on ‘book education’. Majority of the higher institutions in Nigeria now offer entrepreneurship as a core course; a course which ends on paper without a particular skill gained from it. After unsuccessful search for jobs, most graduates return to school for postgraduate studies with a belief that it will open up more opportunities of better ‘white collar jobs’.
Opportunities abound around us but we are too consumed with the problem of getting out of the unemployed populace that we refuse to see the way out of our predicaments by being the solution our society seeks. With Nigeria status quo, the country is in dire need of more than ‘book education’ but ground breaking ideas and innovative ways of engaging skills to create jobs.
Relying solely on the government for jobs is not the key to the future but rather to engage in entrepreneurship and by being individuals who can do something that the world wants done; turning challenges into opportunities and creating jobs.