LCCI explains why many graduates are unemployed

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LCCI explains why many graduates are unemployed

The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has revealed that skill mismatch has largely accounted for unemployable status of many graduates in Nigeria.

The National Bureau of Statistics’ (NBS’) data, indicates that total number of Nigerians unemployed as at December 2020 was 23.1 million out of which 4.39 million graduates with at least Ordinary National Diploma jobless.

Speaking at a news conference organised in collaboration with a group: The Future Project, in Lagos with a plan to train 1,000 young Nigerians under the Future Africa Internship Programme, LCCI’s President, Mr Toki Mabogunje noted  employers of labour had always lamented skill deficiency of job seekers, especially fresh graduates.

“At the LCCI, we have realised that skill mismatch contributes to persistent worsening of the Nigeria’s unemployment situation,” he said

“The discordance between school curriculum and industry needs affirms why many young people are unemployed.”

In his remarks, Adebola Williams, Founding Partner, The Future Project, said the internship would provide 1,000 Nigerians an opportunity to be closer to their dreams.

“There is nothing more powerful and hopeful than the empowered human being, as that person can do anything and Nigerians are unrepentantly hopeful,” he added.

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