Baptist Convention partners foreign firm to tackle unemployment

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IBADAN – The Youth and Ministries 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 Ministries department the convention, Rev. Samuel Olaleye said youth unemployment in the country was 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 or tribes. We are expecting over 2,000 youths at the workshop,” Olaleye said.

[eap_ad_1] The head the UK firm, Mr Benjamin Taiwo, said 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 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)