Being unemployed can be so traumatic, not when one has spent so many years in a higher institution. And the growing number of unemployed graduates is becoming alarming. Those who stroll the streets searching for jobs that are sometimes unavailable is an indication that the bright future of an average youth in Nigeria is not guaranteed.
The frustration sometimes becomes multiplied when you go for a job interview and could not still get a job at the end. Some are lucky to get fixed somewhere by their godfathers who are in high places while those who don’t know the Oga at the Top, roam the streets endlessly.
However, the recent Immigration recruitment organized by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) exposed how many graduates are in desperate need of employment across the country. Some unemployed graduates shared their frustration with ENCOMIUM Weekly…
TAYO MUSTAPHA: ‘It has been difficult’
My name is Tayo Mustapha. I am a graduate of Mass Communication from Babcock University. I graduated two years ago, I have applied at several organizations but to no avail. I have given out my CV to friends and families but only made promises without concrete assurance.
It has been difficult seeking for two years and the frustration is quite obvious. I can’t be depending on my parents all the time like I am an undergraduate. The government should please, make provision for the millions of graduates out there.
MORAYO AJAYI: ‘It has been hell’
My name is Morayo Ajayi, I studied Political Science at Olabisi Onabanjo University and graduated in 2008. It has been hell without a job, I feel very frustrated most times. Starting a business in Nigeria is not easy because it is someone who has enough money that can start a business.
Still, God has been faithful. I do little things here and there to keep body and soul together.
ENIOLA ADEBISI: ‘Getting a job has been challenging’
My name is Eniola Adebisi. I am a graduate of Geography and Regional Planning from Federal University, Minna and graduated in 2010. Getting a job has been very challenging. Even though my uncle has tried with his connections, we are still believing God for the best. My siblings and my uncle are responsible for my upkeep presently. Though I also do small business as well.
I don’t have enough money to start a business on a large scale so I keep praying to God for the best.
FOLARIN OJUADE: ‘It’s been terribly frustrating’
Right now, I have not been able to hold down a job. Most places I submitted my curriculum vitae (CV), require so many years of experience and sometimes it’s those who they know that they give jobs. It’s been terribly frustrating, even people who have jobs are not finding it easy, not to talk of we that don’t have. We waste transport fare and at the end of the day one won’t even secure a job.
I was even scammed at some point. I was asked to buy forms for a particular job but at the end of the day, there was no job and no refund was made. It’s easier for people who have the so called oga at the top.
So far, I have been doing little business, sales of wristwatches, shoes and perfumes. It’s been a little lucrative and it also gives me time to do other things.
EZRA PEREZ: ‘It has been difficult’
I graduated three years ago from University of Lagos (UNILAG), where I studied History and International Relations. All my effort in securing a job have proved abortive over the years. I would say, it has been difficult for me to survive. I am a man and it is shameful that I still depend on my parents before I can do anything. I am not getting younger and therefore, I need to start taking care of my own basic needs and responsibilities.
It is time for the government to listen to the voice of the people and curb unemployment in the country.
AISHAT ODUMERU: ‘Life has not been easy’
I studied Business Administration at Lagos State University (LASU), Lagos, and graduated in 2010. Life has not been easy especially when you don’t have a job to support you. I live with my parents and happen to be the last born. Although, my sisters have been supportive all this while, I can’t be going to them all the time for assistance, I need to get a job of my own.
Due to this joblessness, I had to learn fashion designing, so I won’t just spend my whole day and time doing nothing in the house.
EBERE ALOZIE: ‘It is frustrating’
My name is Ebere Alozie, I graduated from University of Nigeria (Nsukka) in 2012 and studied Economics. It is frustrating and unfortunate that one goes through the stress of having a university degree and ends up not having a job. What is the point of going to school. There are times whereby, I am unable to meet my basic needs and I watch the government spend money lavishly on things that do not add economic value to the country. This is not fair, graduates are suffering in Nigeria.
HABIBAT ASURAMU: ‘My husband has been my pillar’
Since I graduated four years ago from Federal University of Technology (FUTA), Akure, I would say life has not been moving as it should because you expect to get a job after school and start living the life you have always wanted and also meet your basic needs. But my country has a twist to the story.
Although my husband has been my pillar of support over the years I still feel like having my own job.
OLATUNJI IDOWU: ‘No connection, no job’
I studied Economics at Lagos State University, LASU. I graduated in 2009 and till date I don’t have a job. The country gets worse every day. I am presently doing menial jobs to make ends meet because starting a business involves huge capital.
Nigeria is a country where no connection, no job has become our daily slogan. Once you don’t know anybody, it’s very difficult to get a job.