As the world commemorates this year’s world youth skills day, Nigerian youths have been advised to look beyond their academic qualifications and acquire the requisite skills needed to be gainfully employed rather than wait for white-collar jobs after years of graduation.
Those who spoke to news men in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital also want government at all levels to pay more attention to technical and Vocational Education for the training of her teeming youths roaming the streets without jobs.
Each year Nigerian tertiary institutions admit close to 2 million students and produce about 600,000 graduates. Available records have shown that there are about 90 million unemployed youths in the country and majority of them have degrees but without jobs.
Respondents say, to tackle the rising unemployment challenges bedevilling the Nation, government should create opportunities for youths to acquire skills to make them self-reliant .
They also suggested that tertiary institutions in the country offered mandatory technical and vocational education as part of their curricula.
University students, Uwasinachi winner and Ezeji favour who took advantage of the prolonged Academic Staff Union Of Universities asuu strike to learn fashion designing and hair dressing, adviced their fellow students to embrace any skills of their choices and to set pride aside.
The World Youth Skills Day, is observed globally on July 15 every year and this year’s theme is “Transforming youth skills for the future” .