The Million Dollar Question


          “Which way forward?” is a million-dollar question we keep asking ourselves concerning the Nigerian graduates being unemployable. The way forward for each and everyone is different and should be decided by the direction an individual is headed.
          According to Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, unemployment is the state of being unemployed and unemployed means people who do not have a job that provides money or not having a job that provides money. Therefore , working as an office assistant, a freelance writer or any job at all without income is being unemployed, the aforementioned jobs are also classified as jobs but the absence of pay qualifies the worker as being unemployed.
          Statistics reported by National Bureau of Statistics, Nigeria shows that unemployment rate in Nigeria increased to 23.90 percent in 2011 from 21.10 percent in 2010. Unemployment rate in Nigeria averaged 14.60 percent from 2006 until 2011, reaching an all time high of 23.90 percent in 2011 while in 2006 it was as low as 5.30 percent. The unemployment rate is not security level that should increase per year, it is a factor that should be at it minimum level in a nation.
        Some say the government is solely responsible for the high unemployment rate of the Nigerian graduates but I say; the unemployed are solely responsible for their unemployment in the sense that though the government also has its role to play but the graduates has the sole responsibility to remove the ‘unemployed’ tag from their own neck.
        If I was an employer myself, I would rather employ a graduate with his/her BSc, MSc and other international certificates with hands-on experience rather than someone with just a BSc, that 6 out of 10 average youths possesses this days. Therefore the Nigerian graduates should boost employability tendencies by acquiring skills or certificates that would give them an edge over others. An unemployed...