The hope of Nigerian Graduates

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The Nigeria society has become such that, most time hope is not always a thing we get to see its soles bruising the streets, the throes of vicissitudes that infiltrate the ambience, give one a thousand and one reasons to lose hope. Little wonder the rate of suicide attempts witnessed in the past few months, most especially among the youths who fall into despair when they are overwhelmed by the brute reality of what seem to be a bleak future.

The social media at the moment is awash with the effigies of young freshy graduated students bubbling with excitement on the completion of their stay in the university and also the long posts of some of them who have received their call up letters for the compulsory one year National Youth Service corps. The previous week, we saw young men and women who have just been called to the bar. On their faces one can see hopes, excitement and enthusiasm.

However, when one places these joys and hopes side by side with the current Nigerian situation, without any atom of pessimism, one could see that these hopes may eventually get dashed on the broken roads of the Nigerian society. The staggering rate in Nigeria is quite alarming unemployment Rate in Nigeria increased to 23.10 percent in the third quarter of 2018 from 22.70 percent in the second quarter of 2018. Unemployment Rate in Nigeria averaged 12.31 percent from 2006 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 23.10 percent in the third quarter of 2018 and a record low of 5.10 percent in the third quarter of 2010.

When one looks at the above facts and compare it with the number of graduates that are gifted to the labour market each year by the Nigerian universities, one cannot help but shudder and ask, where will all these people find jobs even with their aesthetics certificates?

This is a very urgent situation that needs attention. What provisions is the government making for this teeming population of graduates? How are these young minds going to survive in this ambrence when the handwriting on the wall clearly bares the ugly situation. It is not just enough producing graduates, whose potentials are left until they become latent, the question the government should be concerned with now is, how do we engage this youths meaningfully and utilize their talents for the growth of our nation.

Francis Bacon was right when he said that knowledge is power. But it should be equally noted that knowledge can actually be a power for good as well as evil. So if plans are not made to effectively utilized these freshly baked human taslents. It may come to the point when they become putrid and pollute the entire atmosphere. This is no time for social media bills or hate speeches but of finding ways to make room for these young minds else they end up becoming terrors.

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