Unemployed graduates in Nigeria have been advised by the Federal Government to stop seeking white-collar jobs, advising them to look elsewhere for sustainable alternatives of livelihood.
This disclosure was made through a statement credited to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, at a town hall meeting on ‘Popularization of Blue/Green Collar Jobs among Graduates of Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria’ held in Benin, Edo State .
Represented by the Director, Special Duties and Projects Department in the ministry, Martina Nwordu, the minister urged Nigerian youths to invest their talents in blue/green-collar jobs.
In his words: “The richest youth of the world, aged between 21 and 31 years, are not employees of government, but smart entrepreneurs who distinguished themselves in creative skills in various areas.”
According to the minister, the meeting which held concurrently in four other geopolitical zones of the federation, was to sensitize representatives of key stakeholders in graduate employment on the benefits of blue/green-collar jobs as an alternative response to the challenges of graduate unemployment.
The minister noted that the meeting was part of the activities in the Graduate Employability Enhancement Scheme, an initiative of his ministry, on how to break the resilience of high unemployment rate in the country.