Buhari To Unemployed Youths; Turn Your Hands To Anything That Circumstances Dictate
It is time to sit up and bring the entrepreneur in you out.
Over 60% of Nigeria’s population is youth and majority of them are unemployed.
The unemployment rate in Nigeria has continued to grow, with the government still the highest employer of labour.
Some young Nigerians are even looking for an opportunity to grab a government job and begin to earn a little to support his family.
Their case has not been helped by the label they now have - UNEMPLOYABLE.
On New Year Day, President Muhammadu Buhari gave a speech, asking unemployed Nigerians to jettison the idea of sitting and waiting for employment from the government or the Organised Private Sector.
He seems to be saying there is no job anywhere, but he also pointed to what the youths could do and earn money.
In his speech he said: “I am today appealing to enterprising Nigerians with ideas and unemployed graduates and other able-bodied and literate men and women with ideas not to just sit and wait for employment from the government or the Organized Private Sector.
“Great nations are built by enterprising people who turn their hands to anything that circumstances dictate”.
The Nigerian economy slipped into recession in the second quarter of 2016 and lingered till almost the end of 2017 before a weak recovery was recorded.
The situation has left many Nigerians in complaint rather than being innovative.
“There is no money to start a business,” an unemployed Nigerian will tell you.
But President Buhari also reassured Nigerians that the government was slowly stabilising the economy.
“It was in order to change the steady and steep decline that we adopted the more sustainable policies and programmes captured in the Economic Recovery Plan.
“Diversification efforts have resulted in improved output particularly in agriculture and solid minerals sectors. The relative exchange rate stability has improved manufacturing sector performance.
“We have got to get used to discipline and direction in economic management. The days of business as usual are numbered,” he said.
Here is one area to look at if you are unemployed and President Buhari also pointed to it in his speech.
"Two years ago I appealed to people to go back to the land.
"I am highly gratified that agriculture has picked up, contributing to the government's effort to re-structure the economy.
"Rice imports will stop this year. Local rice, fresher and more nutritious will be on our dishes from now on," the President stressed.
Agriculture is still working and President Buhari still wants more unemployed Nigerians to go into farming.
To help those intending to go into agriculture find their footing, the Federal Government few months ago shared videos of crops that do well in each of the five regions of Nigeria.