“It is on record that there was a time in Nigeria in 1970s and early 80s when fresh graduates from various tertiary institutions were getting jobs with cars attached from their employers. But today, graduates of 10 years and above work on the streets, searching for job that do not exist”. said the H.O.D. of the Department of Mass Communication, Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Ondo State. Mrs. Florence Iyaduni Adedowole while delivering a speech on the topic “REDIRECTING THE MINDSET OF NIGERIAN GRADUATES TOWARDS SKILL/VOCATIONAL ACQUISITION FOR SELF RELIANCE POSSIBILITIES, PROSPECTS AND CHALLENGES” at the Faculty week celebration of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Communication Studies, Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo held yesterday Thursday 6th December 2018.

Florence who represented the guest speaker of the occassion, Dr. Raman Olaniyan Abubakri urged Nigerian youths and students to engage in vocational work during their leisure time, as this will enhance the Nations’ Economic growth.

She describes the experienced of the guest speaker of the occasion, Dr Raman Olaniyan Abubakri, who in an attempt to gain financial freedom developed interest in taxi driving after he left university in 1992 before he got a lecturing job.

Florence described how unemployment has driven most Nigerian youths out of the country. “Unemployment has been pushing Nigerian youths outside Nigeria through the dangerous deserts and Mediterranean sea, where their lives are easily lost in exhaustion occasioned by extremely hot weather, robbery attacks and ship mishaps due to overloading”.

She also pointed out some Nigerian graduates who are making waves in their varied entrepreneurship ventures having redirected their mindset towards self reliance’s “Taiwo Abiri is an Economics graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, he learnt car repairs after his one year in the NYSC. In 2015 alone, he made N25 Million ($126,000) as a motor mechanic

Popoola Rasheed graduated from the Department of Mass Communication in 2014, today he is a telephone technician in Osogbo, Osun State.

Saheed Olaitan studied Geology in FUTA,but today he earns a living with tiling, he is married with children.

Mr. Sule Ismaila graduated from Kaduna Polytechnic in 2002, along the line he learnt graphic art and design on the plane of ICT. Today, he does not wait for RUGIPO authorities to pay salaries as his business fetches him daily income.”

While addressing the challenges in vocational business, Florence Adedowole said Funding, Multiple Taxation, Insecurity, Disturbance from related associations, Pride, Discouragement from friends and relations, Negative attitudes of Trainers to the Trainees have been regarded as the major challenges which required the commitment of the trainees, the trainers, the funding Institutions and the government both at the Local, State,Federal level to the cause and task reducing poverty syndrome which has been multiplying geometrically due to the ever growing rate of unemployment in Nigeria.

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