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Wednesday 03rd June 2020,
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Mass Unemployment In Nigeria – About 50 Million Youths Out of Work

Unemployment in Nigeria

Currently, unemployment affects more than 20 percent of the workforce in Nigeria – and is particularly bad among young people. Fifty million youths are out of work. That’s forcing thousands of women to endure tough working conditions just to survive.

Nigerians forced into tough working conditions as unemployment rises in one of Africa’s most resourced nations, Al Jazeera’s Ahmed Idris reports from Abuja. Unemployment affects more than 20 percent of the economically active population in Nigeria. The figures are staggering when it comes to Nigeria’s youth.

Rising unemployment is forcing thousands of people, including women to endure tough working conditions just to survive.

Here are statements surrounding this matter:

“Iam afraid – and you know i am an army General. When a General says he is afraid, that means the danger ahead is real and potent. The danger posed by an army of unemployed youth in Nigeria can only be imagined. There is absence of serious, concrete, realistic, short and long term solution to youth unemployment. Nigerian youths have been patient enough. This patience will soon reach its elastic limit. Nigeria will witness a revolution soon unless government takes urgent steps to check growing youth unemployment and poverty”. ……General Olusegun Obasanjo, (July 27, 2012)

“This is the beginning of a revolution and the move by the people to rid the country of corrupt elements, even though the leaders are scared of using the word “revolution.” ………………Professor Ben Nwabueze, (at the 19th January street protests in Lagos) 

State of the Nation: The Revolution has started!

The fearful and self-preserving criers today are the same daft mariners who marooned the ship of Nigerian state, who surely now deserve no hearing on their mere echoes of long stated theoretical consequences by better educated citizens.

The only thing un-known of the boggy grounds in Nigeria today is the eventual outcome, but there can be no question that Nigeria is in the grips of revolutionary pressures. The legitimacy of the State lately fell into doubt as mindless thefts got pestilential and those hard done by deployed violence in reaction.

The Nigerian revolution has already started. Those awaiting or doubting the likelihood of a Nigerian revolution are delusively living right inside a revolution but claiming to be looking for one, because they mistake the final putsch against the State; rather than its withering away, as the “revolution” itself. Their mis-understanding of the term “revolution” likely results from America’s staid social science syllabus – which is either decidedly mute on or otherwise avidly opposed to Marxian dependency theory and its revolutionary conception of State……..Seyi Awofeso, 27 December 2012 

Ogbuefi Ndigbo

Solution to the problem as a matter of opinion:


home made investors must be encouraged and treated with respect. this will only motivate more potential home made investors to invest with no hesitation. it will also encourage children in general to also want to contribute at all levels. this is also one of the reasons why i find it very difficult to comprehend why mike adenugua was being harassed. this man has done a lot not only in nigeria, but in africa. he continues to share and produce employment opportunities to college graduates all across africa. finally when it comes to technology africans no longer have to venture out of africa for opportunities. opportunities are being cooked heavily in africa. as a matter of fact africans in foreign land are looking to come back home to show off their talent by working for technical organizations all across africa. this type of spirit and powerful drive (mike) should be protected at all cost. and i think nigeria has finally gotten the message. just imagine liberia with just 5 people with that kind of deep vision of mike, i know that we will be flying high.
mike alone is producing close to 10,000 employment opportunities in africa and this number continues to increase day by day. dangoti is another power house and i’m sure there are also numbers of no name out there. we must joint hands in africa and look out for one another. manufacturing market is heading back to africa and home made investors should triple the current number by 2011. I think encouragement, strong support and profound vision within ourselves is the answer.


The problem with Nigeria is not the population, in fact its an advantage, only if used in the right way. If Nigeria is able to properly educate her population, it would be an economic power a la USA, china and india. The big problem now is that our leaders don’t see that education is very vital to Nigeria in the long run. Our educational system (especially at the university level) needs to be seriously updated, our primary and secondary education should be geared away from cramming information (Ababio textbook) to creative thinking. Education at the university level is not producing enough enterprenuers (pronounced as unt-uprur-nor not enta-pre-nior) in the business fields and in the science field its much worse, the informations is so diluted and watery, our kids are using outdated information (1960 textbooks). Also, we need to shift our educational system towards application not cramming textbooks for final exams that are worth 70% of your grades. The infrastructure for research is even lacking, the equipments are not even there. College students don’t even know how to use a computer talkless of Microsoft Excel, and you wonder why contracts are awarded to foreign companies. There are so many things that you can’t do without software these days like civil engineering, computer engineering and just about every college course including journalism.

Let me get one thing straight, natural resources like oil never made a country rich, its industrialization. How many high-tech industries (electronics, semi-conductor, ICP’s, semi-processors, chip manufacturing, software) do we have? How many heavy industries (ship manufacturing, train manufacturing, aero space manufacturing, car manufacturing) do we have? The state should lead an industrialization drive like Singapore, Taiwan and Malaysia did, instead of building skyscrapers to beautify abuja or building some “Tinapa” resort in calabar and praying for foreign investors to come down from heaven. Wetin oyinbo man fit do wey we no fit do also.


The solution to unempolyment in Nigeria are as follws

1 let there be electricity 24-7-365 and watch the ripple effect in just 12 months

2 Get all the states of Nigeria Networked by rail Transportation and sue me if unenployment does not crash by 50% in 12 months

3 get interest rate as low as 7% per annum and sue me if unenployment does not crash by 70% in 12 months

4 Terminate molue operation in Lagos and Nationwide

5 get the schools working but no free education

6 let no chinese or indian be involved in farming or trading in Nigeria. Let them establish production plants and produce finished product in Nigeria

I promise u if all of d above is in place, Nigeria will rule the world by 2015


In order to help those in the countryside (rural areas), Agriculture is the solution. The govt needs to subsidise agriculture by providing farmers with free seeds, free fertilizers and free tractors to plow there land, whoever performs well is given more land. Also, the govt should provide free harvesters, free vehicles and a great means of transportation including great road networks from the villages to the cities, and a good railway network to different areas around the country avoid the clogging of roads. Also, the fed. govts should provide electricity and clean water for people in those areas. It should also levy taxes on farmers so that it can use it for free compulsory education for primary and secondary school students. The wiring of electricity in the rural areas would help boost local (light) industries like textile manufacturing and food processing. This would lead to reverse migration because the kids who have gone to the  cities to look for work only to find none (and ended up being “agberos” and “ashewos”) would come back to the villages.
Also, the govt needs to levy taxes on those who own property or businesses in the urban areas (cities) and abolishing taxes on property and businesses in the rural areas so that  people would start migrating to the rural areas instead of clogging up our cities (e.g Lagos). This is how the govt should promote businesses in the rural areas.


Free education at the primary and secondary level is a basic human right. That is a long term solution to armed robbery. There are a lot of people who can’t afford free education in naija, you probably don’t see them, because to you they don’t exist, but just go to the slums of any city in naija and you would know what i’m talking about. It would cost soooooo much to connect every state with a railway. There should also be access to credit (capital) and by the way how high is Nigeria’s interest rate? If its higher than 4%, that should be a be a travesty. Oh what pathetic leaders we have. It seems to me that Nigeria is just worried about appreciating the naira compared to the $ instead of using our low value currency to our advantage (see Japan). When Nigeria starts exploring high-tech products to the rest of the world like electronics, our devalued naira would make us competitive compared to the $, but first of all, we have to produce something that the rest of the world wants. Oil is simply not going to cut it.
Vocational and “blue collar” jobs don’t make countries rich, economic power houses, its high-tech industries that do. Like i said the govt should lead a state led industrialization drive, starting with simple, basic technology from the East (Aba boys and their electronics).

you said that Education is not going to solve nigeria’s problems, just go see what all the developed countries in the world have in common then come and tell me if education is not worth it. Where do you think our future “Einsteins” are going to come from? Our future Donald Trumps, Bill Gates, nano-technologists, and MIT graduates are selling groundnut, robbing people, working on farms, or even extorting money (area boys), when are we going to teach this kids and harness there potential?

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1 Comment

  1. Omidire Olaoluwa December 31, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Most of d solutions have been said, i will like to add few ones which are also paramount to solving the unemployement in the country.
    1. Government policy should always be prioritized towards creating employment. I mean, signing of contracts, approval of budgets e.t.c authority concern should first ask themselve how many will dis create? Instead of what percentage will be my own share.
    2. Govts should place an embargo on the importation of any good that can be produced in Nigeria. And give the existing producer easy access to interest free loan from govt purse. Cloths, shoe, paper, coffin, bread, cement e.t.c of any kind should not be imported again after empowering the local producers and Mr President himself should start wearing localally made attires with his cabinet members.
    It is important to remind ourselve that not all imported goods are superior to our locally made one but we are just buying them to show how much wealthy we are.
    3. Let how much you pay as tax base on how many private you have, how many private houses you acquired.

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