Letter to the unemployed Nigerian

THE FG HAS STARTED THE ONLINE REGISTRATION OF UNEMPLOYED NIGERIANS TO SUPPOSEDLY HELP CURB AND DOCUMENT UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

 Source: Nigeria Bureau of Statistics, Unemployment/Underemployment Report Q2 2016

Source: Nigeria Bureau of Statistics, Unemployment/Underemployment Report Q2 2016

 Source: Nigeria Bureau of Statistics, Unemployment/Underemployment Report Q2 2016

Source: Nigeria Bureau of Statistics, Unemployment/Underemployment Report Q2 2016

Following a prior promise, the federal government has now commenced registration of unemployed Nigerian youths all geared towards not only unemployment rate reduction, but job creation. But, i have questions, is this any different from the job promises from years before, does the data base automatically create jobs or is it just a platform that will die a silwnt death and raise and simultanoeudly kill the faith stirred up in these young hopeful Nigerians?

There will be a practical demonstration of the workings of the portal at the NDE stand at the ongoing 28th edition of the Enugu International Trade on Thursday. The directorate sees this initiative as a bold step toward deepening the effectiveness of its employment creation strategies and a critical input into the process of designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating programs and schemes.
— Edmund Oluwiri

The Deputy Director, Information and Public Relations of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Edmund Onwuliri, announced in a statement, that the registration exercise geared towards collecting the recent data of unemployed Nigerians is being carried out in compliance with the NDE’s mandate to obtain and maintain a data bank on unemployment and vacancies in the country. 

According to TrendingEconomics, Nigeria's unemployment rate rose for the seventh straight quarter to 13.9 percent in the third quarter of 2016 from 13.3 percent in the previous period. It was the highest level since 2009, as the number of unemployed rose by 5.2 percent to 11.2 million, employment rose at a much slower 0.6 percent to 69.5 million and the labour force increased 1 percent to 80.7 million. Meanwhile, youth unemployment rate increased to 25 percent from 24 percent in the previous period. A year earlier, the unemployment rate was recorded at 9.9 percent. Unemployment Rate in Nigeria averaged 9.52 percent from 2006 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 19.70 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009 and a record low of 5.10 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010.

The online portal will capture all the relevant data of all the unemployed persons who register, and serve as a job exchange platform linking job seekers and employers.

Wait! Online? So the government expects unemployed people to first have proper functioning smartphones and then be able to pay for subscriptions? Even we that work have to grudgingly subscribe to these things to be in tandem with the rest of the world. So if they claim this initiative is to help these people get jobs; i would rightfully suggest a representative from each local government, area or even street depending on how the geographic division wants to be done, should be chosen and serve as a liaison between the government/ companies and these youths; so there is a vacancy and the information is circulated by the representative on behalf of the organisation and qualified candidates apply and go for interviews. Honestly speaking if you are looking for a job, all your money goes into going for countless job interviews and maybe eating from time to time, so going to a cafe or buying data is not really a necessity unless you are under-employed and can afford that luxury.

Also it might be time to stop waiting on the government, it is no longer news that they do not care or at least as much as they should; so start something on your own after conducting in depth market research of course.