Unemployment: MTN, First Bank want technical education prioritised
Text by Sunday Michael Ogwu, Lagos elecom giant, MTN Nigeria year as part of our sustainability program and First Bank Plc have called but I bleed when I see the quality of the on government to refocus on people we churn out.” technical education as an urgent way of He noted that the dwindling GDP arresting youth unemployment means that per capital income is
The Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) decreasing while the population is both organizations, Mr Michael Ikpoki exploding. “It means we will have a and Mr Stephen Onasanya expressed serious social challenge if we do not this positions when they addressed the do something about our condition,” he CEO round table on sustainability with added. the theme: ‘ Leading by empowering On his part, MTN Nigeria CEO, Mr youth, skills training and unemployment Ikpoki said: “We need to get the technical in changing economy’ early this week. and vocational collages working again,
Onasanya said: “We need to look what our current graduate offer is at building entrepreneurial skills and mediocrity and the ripple effect is more attitude in our people. We all end up mediocrity. been brain washed to think that the way “Research has suggested that by to success is to go go to school acquire a 2050, half of Africa’s population will be degree and get a good job. youth and half of that number will be
“We recruit 650 fresh graduate every unemployed,” he added.