Factors Responsible For Unemployment
Of all the problems facing this country, the most serious one which needs urgent attention is unemployment. The popular saying is 'Ddevil finds a job 4 an idle hand'. Dis popular saying holds the fact for all times and also in all places. The consequences of unemployment are manifestly visible everywhere in society. Most of the cases of robbery with or without violence are attributable to unemployment. Prostitution, human trafficking, drug trafficking and many other social vices are traceable to unemployment. For when a person is not gainfully employed, there is nothing he cannot do 'to keep body and soul together'.
So what are the factors responsible for this monster that is terrorising the whole country?
First and foremost there has been the proliferation of tertiary educational institutions in the last two decades. Apart from those established by the Federal Government, each state government has founded its own tertiary institutions. In addition, each religious body has founded or is about to found a university of its own. These tertiary educational institutions turn out graduates in large numbers year-in year-out. Unfortunately no provision is made to employ these graduates.
Apart from this, many of the existing industries and factories are folding up as a result of the harsh economic climate. Thus words such as: retrenchment, rationalisation, trimming of work force, etc, have entered into the industrial language of the country. This, in plain language, means thousands and thousands of workers have been sacked and more are still going into the unemployment market.
Unfortunately, the epileptic nature of electricity is not helping matters. Thousands of people who depend on electricity for their means of livelihood do not have access to it. Power supply has been very erratic. Many technicians and artisans have therefore been sent to the unemployment market. Thus there are the armies and armies of the unemployed.
But then, my fellow Nipers , what can we do to get out of the problem?