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Graduates who complain of unemployment, are those without skills – Reno Omokri


A former presidential aide, Reno Omokri, has identified the problem of Nigerian graduates who complain about lack of employment.

The Nigerian rights activist made this know in a statement via his official Twitter handle on Monday evening.

In a series of tweets, Omokri opined that skill acquisition is a killer of poverty, adding that companies lookout for skilled workers and not degree holders.

Speaking to those who expect jobs from the society, Omokri said that the only job they’re owed is the one they create with their skills.

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“Graduates who complain of unemployment, are those without skills, but with the mentality that society owes them a job because they are graduates. The only job you are owed is the one you create with your skill. If you don’t have skills, go and learn some.

“If you have a degree you can still be poor. If you don’t have a degree, you can still be rich. But if you have a degree and a skill, you can hardly be poor. Nothing kills poverty like skills. Companies are looking for skilled workers, not degree workers.”

According to the National Bureau of Statistics, the rate of unemployment in Nigeria as at the second quarter of 2020 is 27.1% indicating that about  21,764,614 (21.7 million) Nigerians remain unemployed. while a combined date of unemployment and underemployment rate (28.6%) in the country stands at 55.7%.

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Nigeria ranks seventh on  theglobval ranking of the largest population in the world with an estimate of 207,922,463 as of Monday, November 9, 2020, according to Worldometer.