Welcome to the second part of this series. Today we are going to discuss employment/unemployment. Personally I think the rate of unemployment in Nigeria is very high. I said personally because I don’t have any research to back up my claim. Imagine a country where PhD holders are still looking for jobs. It’s quite sad when you think about it. How can someone go through 4 years of University, maybe a year to get the Masters degree and about two years to acquire a PhD and still find it difficult to get a job in Nigeria. It’s even worse when the person studied engineering, which takes six years to get an undergraduate degree.

People even go as far as acquiring two Masters degrees just to increase their chances of getting a job in the Nigerian system. I have come across Medical doctors who after medical school, decided to go get some postgraduate training to improve their CV and their chances of joining the employment sector. In the developed world, I’m sure those degrees would count for something but in Nigeria, hmm, there’s just no guarantee. From what I’ve seen so far, getting a job in Nigeria is 80% of “who you know” and 20% (if not less) on merit.

If you don’t understand what I mean by “who you know”, send me an email and I’ll break it down for you lol.

Now about employment, if you haven’t read the first part of this series, then you should check it out. The employed ones sometimes are not so different from the unemployed. When people are payed peanuts then I think they might as well be unemployed. This is the main cause of unmotivated staff at the work place. People like these are so unwilling to do their job because they are not getting their worth. It’s even worse when a persons basic expenses are MORE than his salary than cover. If only transport to work takes up more than 50% of a persons monthly salary, then what’s left of the sum?!

The employment sector is now so choked that people don’t even mind working for free. It may be called an internship, probation period, whatever it is called these days, it’s still working without pay. I mean these are University graduates with legitimate degrees. At least now they have something to look forward to everyday, rather than twiddling their thumbs at home . Half bread is better than none right…

Here’s the irony of it all, once these same group of unemployed people become employed, they let the lackadaisical attitude of the workers get to them. They carry on with the tradition of being lazy and forgetting those days where they would have given their right arm to get a job, any job. What a tragedy!

We say we want change. Are we ready for change???

Thanks for reading. What are your thoughts on unemployment in Nigeria? Please leave your comments in the ‘leave a reply section’ below. I would love to read your feedback.

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  • Mmachukwu Omonode May 10, 2017 at 1:10 am

    Awesome writeup. You nailed my thoughts exactly!

    Increasing number of unemployed folks. The working ones have nothing to shows for it. They work to eat, to exist and it ought not be so!

  • HN April 26, 2017 at 8:56 am

    After reading through i discovered you summarised it beautifully when you said “it’s so sad when u think of it”.
    Btw, these days, you don’t have to think of it, coz its staring at you right in the face.

    • Janet April 26, 2017 at 4:17 pm

      Thanks for your feedback

  • Makafui April 25, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Lovely, thought-provoking piece. Will be sending you an email soon😉

    • Janet April 26, 2017 at 4:15 pm

      Thanks. Expecting the mail…


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