A Report of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), that was released in June, 2017, revealed that 58.1% of youths within this age bracket in the working population who are currently working are underemployed. Government is working strenuously to promote activities that could create jobs as well as introduce palliatives through social investment programmes.Areas focused upon by government, apart from the regular public service jobs are agriculture and the creative industry. Government has keyed into the 2015 Action Plan for African Agricultural Transformation for an agribusiness-driven economy; encouraging youths to look in the direction of agriculture to create wealth. The African Development Bank believes that agro-industrialization has the greatest potential for Africa to achieve more rapid and inclusive growth – and create jobs…
THE CREATIVE INDUSTRY
Many Nigerians have succeeded in this sector. Being creative could be by way of inventions, or the ability of a person to use his or her brain or endowments to perform some tasks that are relatively unique. Thinkers are best positioned to be creative, and governments are putting in place policies to make people think deeply to be successful in every human endeavour. Thoughts are translated into gains. Several people have carved their names in gold in the area of inventions. Some did, but were never known because they lived in obscurity. Others too invented some useful items which their societies never bothered to encourage and so, lost great opportunities. In the past few decades, remarkable achievements have been recorded in the creative industry. Some went into the financial services sector and used their acumen to emerge leaders. Many of them like Aliko Dangote, Tony Elumelu, UNESCO Artiste for Peace – late Twin Seven-Seven and other members of the Osogbo School of Arts like JimohBuraimoh and MurainaOyelami are tremendously fulfilled. Some of these notable people are products of self-efforts. Others like Sade Adu, King Sunny Ade, SikiruAyinde Barrister, Ebenezer Obey, Lagbaja, Mo Abudu, OmotolaJalade-Ekeinde, Bolanle Austen-Peters, John Fashanu, AsizatOshoala, ToyosiAkerele-Ogunsiji, and Funke Akindele have carved their names in gold. Instead of planning to run abroad illegally, our young ones could emulate these talented Nigerians by being creative, committed, dedicated, and resilient in the pursuit of whichever goal they decide to pursue.
Should you be adamant on seeking paid employment in the public and private sectors, please go through the opportunities below. Good luck.