IBADAN – The Youth and Student Ministries of the Nigeria Baptist Convention is partnering a UK firm, AHEAD Strategies, in the drive to reduce unemployment rate in the country. The Baptist Convention and the UK firm are organising a two-day workshop starting from Thursday at Bowen University, Iwo with the theme: “The Practical Intervention for Solving Youth Unemployment”. The Director, Youths and Students Ministries department of the convention, Rev. Samuel Olaleye said that youth unemployment in the country was of great concern to the church, adding that the church could not keep quiet and watch, while the ugly trend continued. “This is the reason why we have signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with AHEAD Strategies to train our unemployed youths on how to secure a job and how to be self-employed. “This workshop is open to everybody irrespective of their religion or tribes. We are expecting over 2,000 youths at the workshop,” Olaleye said.
[eap_ad_1] The head of the UK firm, Mr Benjamin Taiwo, said that eight out of 10 graduates in Nigeria depended on their parents or sponsors for over two years without job. “Over 150, 000 graduates go into the job market without jobs.” According to him, the workshop will enable the youth to be exposed to job opportunities and how to meet up with their requirements. “This workshop will also assist the unemployed individuals to meet the requirement of the job market. They will be developed technologically and educated on how to know how to apply the skills in seeking for jobs. “They will also be tutored on how to be self employed and how to create opportunities for the unemployed individuals because only nine per cent of the nation’s educated elites own and run their businesses in Nigeria. “There is an urgent need to expand the group and to teach the youths how to run businesses successfully,” Taiwo said. (NAN)