A research shown by the National Bureau of Statistics has it that the rate of unemployment in Nigeria stood at 19.7% in 2010, 21.1% in 2011, and 23.9% in 2012. With respect to age group, the research has it that 41.6% of youths between the ages of 15-24 years in Nigeria are unemployed. Equally, the Federal government of Nigeria recently acknowledged that about 80% of Nigerian youths are unemployed and 10% underemployed.
Records from the National populations commission (2001) indicated that youth under the age of 30 constitutes over half of the approximately 160 million of Nigerians.
The implication of the above is that in another one or two decades most of today’s youth will be parents and with little or no adequate skill in a fast emerging competitive global economy, It is doubtful how they can propel the change needed for development.
An encouraging research has it that 40% of the world resources are in Africa and Africa is been peopled by 10% of the world’s population. This infers that 90% of the world’s population holds 60% of the world’s resources/opportunities. Nigeria, been tagged the giant of Africa is said to be endowed with the highest level of opportunities /resources in Africa.
A member of the Speakpreneur faculty at a recent conference in West Africa with other delegates on ‘The Resolutions to the problems of the Region’ was stunned to hear one of the keynote speakers saying that ‘to become successful in the African market, one needs access to the Nigerian market because Nigerians will buy anything’. The painful reality of this is that Nigerian youths are not selling anything because they lack the skills and techniques to leverage on today’s opportunities and are living in the opportunities of the past.
It is to this end that the Speakpreneur empowerment conference 2.0 is slated to empower young minds with the techniques needed in locating today’s opportunities.
THE CONFERENCE WOULD BE HOLDING ON THE 3RD OF MAY AND ACCOMMODATING 70 PARTICIPANTS ONLY. TO REGISTER, click on; https://docs.google.com/forms/d/18TuNulKI-Ch7CRKUyG5AIBKdxMzAAx4WD5ZNm7ILQMc/viewform#start=invite