Former Nigerian Coca-cola company’s regional Manager, Funmi Adefeko, Sunday said unemployment in the African largest economy is growing at a disturbing rate.
30 million Nigerian youths are currently unemployed, Adefeko told Journalists in Jos, Plateau State, worrying the figure might soon double.
“We are still chunning out a whole lot of youths (from tertiary institutions).
“A lot of employees in corporate environments are still retiring, increasing dependency,” she said.
Paid jobs, the John Maxwell certified Coach said are in short supply, hence the need for entrepreneurship.
Her private organization, New Identity is offering free business training to interested Nigerians monthly, said Mrs. Adefeko.
She said, “Our organization is giving back to society by giving training to help people create opportunities for themselves and stop looking for work that does not exist.”
A beneficiary of the training, Mr. Kanu Eliaza blamed shortage of business skills as the main cause of poverty in Nigeria.
“The problem of Nigeria isn’t the poverty of resources but the poverty of knowledge,” he said.
Eliaza vowed to extend the training to others in supporting President Muhammadu Buhari’s quest to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty.
The training, another beneficiary, Dorcas Bentu said was ‘rich’ to be stepped down.
The seminar holding last day of every month in the Plateau State capital is organized by New Identity as Corporate Social Responsibility, it was learnt.