Thursday, 30 November 2017

About 1.8 Million Youth are Entering the Labor Market Every Year - Hon. Mohammed Ogoshi Onawo

About 1.8 Million Youth are Entering the Labor Market Every Year - Hon. Mohammed Ogoshi OnawoLagos - In the recently concluded 9th edition of The West Africa Convergence Conference 2017 that took place in Sheraton Hotel Ikeja, Lagos at around 8am to 4pm, Honorable Mohammed Ogoshi Onawo gave the keynote speech.

In his speech, he said it is gladdening to note that at this 2017 WACC gathering, there are global tech giants, policy makers and regulators, BPOs and HMOs, technology hubs, major drivers of the local ICT companies, and other stakeholders, all of them converging to articulate a future and a hope for a country and her people desiring great changes and strides.

He is glad that the organisers of WACC 2017 have sought to bring this area of concern to public scrutiny and engagements. He said they are contending with the dynamics of technology, the reality of convergence and the contentious social and economic issues over employments and business opportunities for our youngsters in this trying economic times.

While accurate employment data are very hard to obtain, it may be safe to assume that, at least at least, around 1.8 million youth are entering the labor market every year. The pervasiveness of the unemployment is obvious and government is not relenting to tame the scourge which in itself is global.

The latent question therefore is how do we leverage the opportunities from technology to create jobs and encourage small, medium businesses (SMBs)? How do we enhance graduate employability in Nigeria? How do we review the computer science curriculum to reflect the dynamics of technology, convergence,  industry and research/learning institutions?

Skills development that is aligned with industry requirements is a catalyst that can ensure economic growth;  and skills adequately channeled at meeting changing dynamics of an industry or an economy imply ability to foster new careers that can contribute positively to the economy.

We must therefore join hands to thicken the value for skill and new career trainings, expand the portfolio of opportunities for employment and businesses; encourage innovation and drive more flexible forms of employment and work.

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