As part of efforts to enable unemployed university and polytechnic graduates acquire skills that will make them employable and competitive in a changing world, Center for Information and Technology Development (CITAD), a non-governmental organization(NGO)organized a career development and entrepreneurship training for unemployed graduates.
The Research Assistant with CITAD, Alhaji Hamza Ibrahim Chinade,stated this at a one day workshop on techniques and employment/entrepreneurship opportunities at CITAD Conference Hall, Bauchi, last weekend.
Chinande said the purpose of setting up Job placement information services Unit (JOPIS) was for the unemployed graduates to acquire employable skills, stressing that the unit has demonstrated high prospects to unemployed graduates for job acquiring skills from Foundations, NGOs ,Government and wealthy individuals.
He disclosed that about 30 graduates were targeted to benefit from the training but over 40 turned up.
“Graduates from ATBU Bauchi, Fedpoly Bauchi and University of Maiduguri all turned up for capacity building exercise with sound business ideas of securing jobs and skills of becoming self-reliant ”
“As long as a number of graduates still remain unemployed, we will continue to improve the capacity of training more unemployed graduates to become employers of labour”, he said.
Chinade called on the unemployed graduates to work hard and create jobs for the next generation, adding that the attitude of waiting to be employed by government might result in the next generation not having any job.
He also noted that the main challenge in the country is that most Nigerian graduates lack the necessary skills that will enable them secure employment.